The no13 Inter Europol Competition Ligier finished second, 12 seconds behind the lead car at the chequered flag, with the no2 United Autosports Ligier in third a further 29 seconds up the road.
However, following a post-race penalty (Steward Decision n°30), the n°4 DKR Engineering was given a 30s Stop & Go penalty converted into a time penalty of 1 minute 50s to be added to the total Race time. The n°4 finished then 4th. DKR Engineering still scored enough points to be be 2021 ELMS champions.
Highlights of the 4 Hours of Portimão –
- The no4 DKR Engineering Duqueine of Mathieu De Barbuat led the field into the first corner but was passed on the opening lap by the no2 United Autosports Ligier of Rob Wheldon, with Martin Hippe in the no13 Inter Europol Competition Ligier in third.
- The battle for the lead raged for several laps between the two cars with Wheldon holding his line and his lead.
- After thirty minutes of racing the rear left wheel of the no30 Duqueine Team Oreca, driven by Memo Rojas, suddenly detached in the final corner, putting the car into a violent, high-speed spin.
- Two LMP3 cars tried to avoid the spinning Oreca, with one diving through but the no18 1 AIM Villorba Corsa Ligier of Andreas Laskaratos smashed into the tyre wall at pit entry. The Greek driver emerged unharmed to the relief of the entire paddock, but the race had to be red flagged to enable the debris to be cleared.
- The race resumed behind the safety car after 25 minutes and went green after two laps.
- After 90 minutes of racing the leaders headed into the pits for fuel and tyres, with the no4 Duqueine emerging ahead of the no2 Ligier.
- At the halfway point of the race the championship leading no19 Cool Racing Ligier of Nicolas Maulini had a problem with what appeared to be a front left tyre. The Swiss driver headed to the pits but this put them out of contention for the LMP3 team and driver titles.
- Laurents Hörr was now at the wheel of the no4 Duqueine ahead of Adam Eteki in the no13 Inter Europol Competition Ligier and Edouard Cauhaupe in the no2 Ligier.
- The no2 United Autosports Ligier received a drive through penalty for abusing track limits, which dropped Cauhaupe down the order to 4th behind the no9 Graff Ligier of Rory Penttinen.
- After the last set of stops the no2 United Autosports Ligier of Wayne Boyd caught and over took the no9 Graff Ligier to regain the final podium position.
- However, following a post-race penalty (Steward Decision n°30), the n°4 DKR Engineering was given a 30s Stop & Go penalty converted into a time penalty of 1 minute 50s to be added to the total Race time. The n°4 finished then 4th. DKR Engineering still scored enough points to be be 2021 ELMS champions.
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