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Five Way LMP3 Title Fight in Portugal

LM P3 - 03/10/2018 - Jeff CARTER

The battle to become the 2018 European Le Mans Series LMP3 Champions has been fierce for the entire season and it now comes down to one four hour race at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve on Sunday 28 October to decide which of the five contenders will be celebrating.

Canadian John Farano, Britain’s Rob Garofall and Dutchman Job Van Uitert are currently at the top of the leader board on the no15 RLR MSport Ligier. The Le Castellet and Red Bull Ring winners have amassed 67.5 points, 14 points ahead of their nearest rivals Ross Kaiser and Terrance Woodward in the no6 360 Racing Ligier, the all British squad on 53.5 points.

Just one point behind 360 Racing is the no3 United Autosports Ligier of Canadian Garett Grist and his British teammates Tony Wells and Matt Bell.

With 26 points still to be won in Portugal there is a mathematical chance for the no11 Eurointernational Ligier duo of Kay Van Berlo and  Giorgio Mondini, who are currently on 46.75 points, and the no13 Inter Europol Competition Ligier of Jakub Smiechowski and Martin Hippe on 45.25 points, who are 20.75 and 22.25 points behind the leaders respectively.  However, only pole position, victory and a disastrous race for their rivals will be the only chance for either of these teams to be in with a realistic shot of the title.  However stranger things have happened.

To win the title the no15 Ligier needs to be at least 26 points ahead of their nearest rivals.  Assuming the no6 360 Racing Ligier crew takes their first pole and first win of the 2018 season in Portugal, the leading car needs to finish 4th or higher to put the championship beyond any doubt. 

If the 360 Racing crew don’t take pole and the RLR MSport crew do take the extra point, 5th place will be good enough.  If the no3 United Autosports crew take their first pole then the leading car needs to finish 4th to be sure of lifting the title.

Whatever happens during the 4 Hours of Portimão the LMP3 title race promises to be far from boring and the 2018 season will surely end on a high note in Portugal.

CLICK HERE to see the LMP3 championship positions after Round 5, the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

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