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ELMS - 12/08/2017 - Jeff CARTER

Since the relaunch of the European Le Mans Series in 2013 there have been 109 different drivers who have stood on the top step of the podium but who has been the most successful driver in the 24 races held since Silverstone in April 2013?

Pierre Thiriet – 8 wins

With 8 wins in the last 24 races, French driver Pierre Thiriet is the most successful driver in the last four and a half seasons.  All of Thiriet’s wins have been in LMP2 with two in 2013 (Imola and Red Bull Ring), one in 2014 (Silverstone), two in 2015 (Imola and Estoril) and three in 2016 (Imola, Red Bull Ring and Le Castellet).

Pierre Thiriet has shared five of his wins with Matthias Beche and others with Ludovic Badey, Tristan Gommendy, Nicolas Lapierre, Ryo Hirakawa and Mike Conway.

Pierre Thiriet is racing this year in the  FIA World Endurance Championship in the TDS Racing prepared LMP2 Class G-Drive Racing Oreca-Gibson. Thiriet has already scored a victory on the world stage when he stood on the top step of the podium at Spa-Francorchamps alongside Roman Rusinov and Alex Lynn.

Matt Griffin – 7 Wins and 1 Title

The 2013 LMGTE Champion has taken seven wins in the ELMS since the year he won the GTE title with Johnny Mowlem and RAM Racing.  The Irish driver took three wins in 2013 and three in 2014 with Duncan Cameron, but had to wait until July 2017 for his next trip to the top step of the podium when he, along with Duncan Cameron and Aaron Scott won the 4 Hours of Red Bull Ring in the no55 Spirit of Race Ferrari.

Gary Hirsch / Victor Shaytar – 6 Wins and 2 Titles Each.

The next two drivers are tied on six wins and both share the distinction of winning races and titles in two different classes.

Gary Hirsch won the LMPC title in 2013 alongside Paul Loup Chatin after winning three of the five races in the final season of the category.  The Swiss driver then moved up to LMP2 and added another three wins to his tally, one in 2014 and two in 2015 when he added a second ELMS title by winning the LMP2 category with Greaves Motorsport alongside Jon Lancaster and Bjorn Wirdheim.

Victor Shaytar arrived in the ELMS in 2013 with SMP Racing and won four of the five GTC class races that year to take the title with fellow Russian Kirill Ladygin and Italian Fabio Babini. In 2014 Shaytar moved up to the LMGTE class with SMP Racing and scored two wins with Andrea Bertolini and Sergey Zlobin to secure his second ELMS title at the end of the season. 

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