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Stars of the ELMS – Part 3

ELMS - 22/05/2020 - Jeff CARTER

We continue our look at the stars of the European Le Mans Series grid, a place that features the cream of endurance racing driver talent across all three classes. Today we look at three drivers who have known success, taking the ultimate accolade to become a championship winning driver.

LMP2 : Paul Loup Chatin – Idec Sport

Paul Loup Chatin is from Dourdan, south west of Paris. He is a three time ELMS Champion with the distinction of winning titles in two different classes and is, the reigning LMP2 drivers champion.

Like many of his peers, the 28-year-old Frenchman started in karts before moving to single seaters in 2010 with the F4 Eurocup Championship.

In 2011 he moved to Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup with Tech 1 Racing, finishing the season with one win, two podiums and one pole position. He also scored three wins and nine podiums to finish 3rd overall in the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps. Paul Loup stayed with the team for the 2012 season.

In 2013 he moved to sportscars, taking part in two Porsche Carrera Cup Italia races, with one win and a podium finish to his credit. 

However, 2013 was also the year Paul Loup Chatin burst onto the ELMS grid, taking part in the LMPC category (Le Mans Prototype Challenge) with Swiss driver Gary Hirsch. The pairing scored four pole positions, three wins and two second place finishes from the five races to be crowned 2013 LMPC Champions.

In 2014 Paul Loup Chatin moved up to LMP2 with the Signatech Alpine team alongside Nelson Panciatici and Oliver Webb. The trio won at the Red Bull Ring and took two further podiums to clinch the LMP2 title by just four points. In addition, the team also finished third in the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In 2015 the Signatech Alpine team moved up to the FIA World Endurance Championship, with Paul Loup Chatin finishing the season 4th in the LMP2 class and scoring a world championship victory in Shanghai.

In 2016 Paul Loup Chatin moved to the Panis Barthez Competition team, taking part in both the ELMS and the FIAWEC.

In 2017 Paul Loup moved to the brand-new Idec Sport team and in 2018 the results started to appear with the team taking two podium finishes and two pole positions. 

This set the scene for the 2019 ELMS season which saw Paul Loup Chatin add his third ELMS drivers title to his CV, winning two races at Silverstone and Portimão alongside Memo Rojas and Paul Lafargue to win the championship by just four points once again.

In 2020 Paul Loup Chatin is defending his title with Idec Sport and will be joined by fellow champion Paul Lafargue and former LMP2 24 Hours of Le Mans champion Richard Bradley.

 

LMP3: Laurents Hörr – DKR Engineering

Laurents Hörr from Gerlingen in Germany will make his debut in the European Le Mans Series this season but his name is already familiar in the paddock as the reigning Michelin Le Mans Cup Drivers Champion.

The 22-year-old German has come a long way in a relatively short space of time. In 2013, he secured the ADAC Kart Bundesendlauf -X30 Junioren title before moving to single seaters in 2014. 

In 2015 he competed in the Formula Renault 1.6 Sweden Series with Dutt Motorsport.

In 2017 he competed in the V de V Challenge Monoplace with Dutt Motorsport, finishing the season as Vice Champion with four wins, four further podiums, five pole position and 8 fastest laps to his name.

In 2018 Laurents made his Michelin Le Mans Cup debut with CD Sport, finishing 7th overall. He also competed in the Supercar Challenge series in an LMP3 class Ligier run by Team Clim Air, taking three wins to finish the season as Vice Champion.

2019 was Laurents Hörr’s year winning the Michelin Le Mans Cup LMP3 title alongside François Kirmann and securing DKR Engineering’s third team title in a row. The Franco-German duo won in Barcelona and also the feature Road to Le Mans race on Saturday morning at Le Mans, as well as three further podiums to secure the title by 8.5 points.

In February 2020 Laurents Hörr also made his FIA World Endurance Championship debut at the Circuit of The Americas in Texas, racing in the LMGTE Am category with reigning champions Team Project 1. The German driver, racing with Matteo Cairoli and Egidio Perfetti finished on the class podium, taking the chequered flag in third place, just 21 seconds behind the eventual winners TF Sport.

Laurents Hörr will compete in the 2020 European Le Mans Series with his Michelin Le Mans Cup title winning team DKR Engineering.

 

LMGTE: Matt Griffin – Spirit of Race

Matt Griffin is one of those drivers who has been at the sharp end of the LMGTE grid for as long as anyone can remember. The 37-year-old Irishman has also been linked to Ferrari for many years and has scored over one hundred podiums, including 40 race wins, in his long and illustrious career. The highlight of his career so far was winning the 2013 ELMS LMGTE title with RAM Racing alongside British driver Johnny Mowlem

Matt Griffin started in single seaters racing for Manor Motorsport in the 2001 Formula Renault 2000 UK series.  After two seasons without a podium finish Matt moved to the British GT Championship, racing a Porsche GT3 Cup car in the GTC category.  It was like a duck taking to water and Matt Griffin took 8 wins from 11 races to claim the title at the first attempt.

In 2004 he moved to Emotional Engineering competing in the British GT Championship NGT category in a Holden Monaro. Success came in 2005 for the Irishman and the team when they won the G2 category in a one-off race in the FIA GT Championship.

In 2008 Matt Griffin competed in the International GT Open GTA class for Advanced Engineering in a Ferrari 430 GT2. The following season a win and a podium followed in the GTS class with Mtech Racing, a feat that was duplicated in 2010. The same year Matt finished 3rd overall in the British GT Championship in a Ferrari 430 Scuderia GT3 run by Mtech racing.

In 2012 Matt Griffin finished third at the 12 Hours of Bathurst in a Clearwater Racing run Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 and in 2013 went one better at the Australian classic with the same team.

2013 was a great year for the Irish driver finishing 3rd in the LMGTE Am class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with AF Corse. However, it was the successful debut season for the RAM Racing team that saw Griffin and Mowlem storm to the ELMS LMGTE title with a dominant performance in each of the five races, scoring three wins and two second place to finish 34 points ahead of the rest of the field.

In 2014 Matt Griffin joined up with Duncan Cameron at AF Corse and took three wins alongside Michele Rugolo to finish the 2014 ELMS season as Vice Champions. 

In 2015 Aaron Scott joined Griffin and Cameron and they finished third overall in the ELMS LMGTE category. Matt Griffin also won the 2015 Blancpain Endurance Pro-Am Cup drivers title and also secured the A6-AM title at the 2015 24H Dubai.

Two further ELMS LMGTE victories followed in 2017, while the Irishman finished 3rd overall in the FIA World Endurance Championship LMGTE AM class with Clearwater Racing after a win at Silverstone, a second place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and three further second place finishes.

The Spirit of Race trio of Matt Griffin, Duncan Cameron and Aaron Scott finished 5th overall in the 2018 ELMS, taking one LMGTE win at Ferrari’s home track of Monza and three further podiums, while the trio also finished 5th overall in 2019, with two podiums at Barcelona and Spa-Francorchamps.

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