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ELMS Titles Go Down to The Wire

ELMS - 22/09/2016

As the competitors get ready for the fifth European Le Mans Series event of the 2016 season in Belgium, one eye is being cast towards the championship points and whether any of the titles could be decided when the chequered flag falls on Sunday evening at Spa-Francorchamps.


In the LMP2 category the team of the moment is the no46 Thiriet by TDS Racing after securing victory in Italy, Austria and last time out in France.  With Ryo Hirakawa missing out on the 26 points secured in Le Castellet, Pierre Thiriet and Mathias Beche now lead the title race with 76 points, just 8 points ahead of the Silverstone race winners, the no38 G Drive Racing Gibson of Simon Dolan, Harry Tincknell and Giedo Van Der Garde and 15 points in front of the no32 SMP Racing BR01  crew.

With 52 points still yet to won in Belgium and Portugal another victory for Thiriet by TDS Racing would put them a step closer to the title.  However unless the G Drive Gibson finishes lower than 7th and the SMP BR01 fails to score a podium finish, the title will be decided at Estoril next month.

The no33 Eurasia Motorpsort Oreca and Nico Pieter De Brujin and Tristan Gommendy are currently 36 points behind and, along with the no21 Dragonspeed Oreca and drivers Nico Lapierre, Ben Hanley and Henrik Hedman on 31 points, still have an outside mathematical chance to secure the 2016 titles.


After taking four podiums, including three wins, from the first four races, the no2 United Autosports crew of Alex Brundle, Christian England and Mike Guasch are currently on 90 points, 30 ahead of their nearest rivals.  As long as they are 26 points ahead of the no19 Duqueine Engineering Ligier and the no9 Graff Ligier after the race on Sunday evening the Anglo-American team will be declared as 2016 LMP3 European Le Mans Series Champions.


The battle for the 2016 LMGTE titles is the closest of the three ELMS categories with just 8 points covering the top three teams.  The no66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari currently heads the table with Andrea Bertolini, Robert Smith and Rory Butcher currently on 68 points, just 5 points ahead of the no99 Aston Martin Racing Vantage of Andrew Howard, Alex MacDowall and Darren Turner.  The no56 AT Racing father and son duo Alexander Talkanitsa senior and junior are 8 points behind the JMW crew, with the no77 Proton Competition Porsche on 46 points.

It is unlikely that any of the top four crews will be able to secure the title in Belgium but the result of the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps will be a good indication for the final race of the 2016 in Portugal next month.

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