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LM P3 - 02/12/2018 - Jeff CARTER
A massive 18 car grid formed up for the first race in Le Castellet with the no15 RLR M Sport Ligier of Rob Garofall, Job Van Uitert and John Farano getting their championship winning season off to a great start. The Anglo-Dutch-Canadian trio finished ahead of the no19 M. Racing YMR Norma.
One month later victory went to the no11 Eurointernational Ligier of Giorgio Mondini and Kay Van Berlo after a race long battle with several cars including the no2 United Autosports Ligier of reigning champions Sean Rayhall and John Falb. Falb looked on course to take the win but contact with the LMP2 class no27 IDEC Sport Ligier of William Cavailles at Turn 1 caused the LMP3 class Ligier’s rear tyre to suffer a puncture with just 10 minutes of the race remaining.
In Austria the LMP3 class victory was secured by the no15 RLR MSport Ligier-Nissan for the second time in 2018, Rob Garofall taking the chequered flag just 5 seconds ahead of a hard charging Alex Kapadia in the no7 Ecurie Ecosse/ Nielsen Ligier.
2017 Team Champions United Autosports took their first LMP3 win of the 2018 season at Silverstone with the no3 Ligier of Tony Wells, Matt Bell and Garret Grist taking the top spot ahead of the no7 Ecurie Ecosse / Nielsen Ligier and the no17 Ultimate Norma.
United Autosports celebrated again in Belgium at the shortened 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, but this time it was the no2 Ligier-Nissan finally making it to the top step of the podium with 2017 drivers champion John Falb celebrating with ‘super sub’ Scott Andrews, who was filling in for Sean Rayhall.
The LMP3 season finished in Portugal with victory for the no13 Inter Europol Competition Ligier of Martin Hippe and Jakub Smiechowski, a debut win for the Polish team. However it was all smiles at British team RLR MSport when the crew of the no15 Ligier of Job Van Uitert, John Farano and Rob Garofall finished in 5th place to clinch the 2018 LMP3 Driver and Team titles.
The European Le Mans Series will return in 2019 with six 4-hours races, starting with Le Castellet in April, Monza in May, Barcelona, a new addition to the calendar, in July, Silverstone in August, Spa-Francorchamps in September and finishing once again in Portimão in October.
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> Q&A with Job Van Uitert (RLR MSport – n°15 Ligier JS P3) - Le 06/09/2018 à 14:30
> 4 Hours of Silverstone: Post-race reactions (LMP3) - Le 21/08/2018 à 16:00