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LM GTE - 05/05/2020 - Sophie LIGER
Since 2017, the Italian round of the European Le Mans Series has been held at the Temple of Speed, at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. It is well known that this circuit has a great history and is appreciated by the teams, the drivers and the Tifosi, the Italian fans.
Being on home soil suits world famous Italian manufacturer Ferrari, who have won the LMGTE class twice at Monza for the joy of all the Tifosi!
2017: A fairy tale end for the last F458 of the ELMS grid
We had fairy tale story in the LMGTE class for the first edition of the 4 Hours of Monza. The n°66 Ferrari F458 of JMW Motorsport was the oldest car on the starting grid, with the Monza event was the last race of the car before its retirement and before the team switching to the Ferrari F488.
During qualifying the n°55 Spirit of Race Ferrari took the pole with Matt Griffin securing the first pole position for the team since 2015 in Austria. The n°66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari started the race on the back row of the grid after qualifying 6th in class.
However, what followed was a fight back of epic proportions by the JMW crew and after 4 hours of non-stop racing, Jody Fannin in the n°66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari F458 took the chequered flag nearly 8 seconds ahead of the n°90 TF Sport Aston Martin. Jody Fannin, Rob Smith and Jonny Cocker offered the best end possible to the career of their Ferrari F458.
One month later, the British team won the LMGTE AM class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with their brand-new Ferrari F488. The team was also crowned ELMS LMGTE champions at the end of the 2017 season.
2018: Victory of Spirit of Race
The LMGTE class of the 2018 4 Hours of Monza was won in convincing style by the no55 Spirit of Race Ferrari after Duncan Cameron took the F488 from third on the LMGTE grid to first place by the time he stopped to hand over to Aaron Scott. Aaron Scott and Matt Griffin brought the car home over a minute ahead of the no77 Proton Competition Porsche in second place.
The n°80 Ebimotors Porsche took the pole position of the Italian round and Raymond Narac was the starting driver. At the start, he was soon caught up by Miguel Molina at the wheel of the n°66 JMW Motorsport F488. The n°55 Spirit of Race Ferrari started the race in third position with Duncan Cameron at the wheel.
After four Safety Car periods, the n°55 Spirit of Race Ferrari was leading the race and Matt Griffin brought the car home in first place to offer Ferrari its second win in a row at the 4 Hours of Monza.
2019: End of the Ferrari domination
In 2019, the German brand, Porsche won the 4 Hours of Monza but still with some Italian spirit as Riccardo Pera and Matteo Cairoli were at the wheel of the n°77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche with their German teammate Christian Ried. The rest of the podium also had an Italian flavour with two Ferraris and two Italian drivers on second and third position, the n°66 JMW Motorsport of Matteo Cressoni and the n°51 Luzich Racing of reigning FIA World Endurance GT Champion Alessandro Pier Guidi.
Christian Ried at the wheel of the n°77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR started from pole position.
After 4 hours of an action-packed race, punctuated with one Safety Car period, the n°77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche of Christian Ried, Riccardo Perra and Matteo Cairoli ended the two-year domination of Ferrari at Monza by taking their first victory at the Temple of Speed. They finished ahead of the n°66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari of Matteo Cressoni, Wei Lu and Jeff Segal and the n°51 Luzich Racing F488 of Alessandro Pier Guidi, Fabien Lavergne and Nicklas Nielsen.
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