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Thirty Eight Cars Racing for Glory at Spa-Francorchamps

ELMS - 10/09/2019 - Jeff CARTER

There are just two races remaining in the 2019 European Le Mans Series and all six team and driver titles are still wide open as Spa-Francorchamps hosts the last but one 4-hour race of the season. With 38 entries across the three classes, the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday 22 September promises to deliver plenty of drama and excitement.

LMP2: Quality and Quantity

The 17 strong LMP2 entry is led by the reigning champions, G-Drive Racing with 2018 drivers champion Roman Rusinov being joined by Dutch sensation and reigning LMP3 champion Job Van Uitert and FIA Formula E champion Jean Eric Vergne.

G-Drive’s points lead was cut by 7 points after IDEC Sport took their debut ELMS victory at Silverstone, with Memo Rojas, Paul-Loup Chatin and Paul Lafargue standing on the top step of the podium. With IDEC Sport and their three drivers on 72 points, only 9 points separate the top two crews with 52 points still available.

The no39 Graff Oreca is currently in third on 53 points after Alexandre Cougnaud, Tristan Gommendy and Jonathan Hirschi scored two podium finishes in Barcelona and Silverstone. Round 1 winners DragonSpeed are 4th in the team standings on 40 points.

The LMP2 entry will feature the only Belgian driver on the ELMS grid with Sam Dejonghe in the no34 Inter Europol Competition Ligier. 

LMP3: All to Play For

Silverstone saw a great battle between the no13 Inter Europol Competition and no11 Eurointernational Ligiers, with Mikkel Jensen and Jens Petersen winning the four-hour encounter in the UK. Martin Hippe and Nigel Moore in the no13 Ligier are just 7 points ahead of Jensen and Petersen.  

In Spa there will be several challengers for the top step of the LMP3 podium from amongst the 14 entrants. The no2 United Autosports Ligier of Garett Grist, Tommy Erdos and Wayne Boyd have scored three podiums in the last three races and are currently on 53 points, 23 behind the lead car, while Round 1 winners Francois Heriau, Jean-Baptiste Lahaye and Matthieu Lahaye are 4th on 49 points in the no17 Ultimate.

LMGTE: Ferrari Leads the Way but Porsche Win in Silverstone

The 2019 European Le Mans Series has provided a great platform for the battle between the two GT titans of endurance racing Ferrari and Porsche. With two wins each the scene is now set for a return match on the 7km Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

The no51 Luzich Racing Ferrari F488 is still leading the LMGTE category despite failing to finish on the podium for the first time this season at Silverstone.  Alessandro Pier Guidi, Fabien Lavergne and Nicklas Nielsen are currently on 77 points, 21-points ahead of the three chasing crews, who are all tied on 56 points. 

Monza race winners Christian Ried, Matteo Cairoli and Riccardo Pera in the no77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche are currently classed as second thanks to the victory in Italy. A second podium finish for the all-female crew of the no83 Kessel Racing Ferrari at Silverstone means Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting and Manuela Gostner are currently third, with the no66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari of Jeffrey Segal, Matteo Cressoni and Wei Lu 4th, also on 56 points after four rounds.

Round 5 of the 2019 European Le Mans Series is the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on 20-22 September.

CLICK HERE for the provisional entry list for the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

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