ELMS: Circuit Paul Ricard ready for big ELMS entry

ELMS: Circuit Paul Ricard ready for big ELMS entry

Circuit Paul Ricard

Aug, 25th 2015-Round 4 of the 2015 European Le Mans Series will take place at the Circuit Paul Ricard on the 5th and 6th September and the results in France will set the scene for the season finale in Portugal in October. Set hills on the Cote d’Azur in the South of France, Paul Ricard offers the teams and drivers a very different challenge from the tracks at Silverstone, Imola and Red Bull Ring, with its unique feature of the long 1.8 Km Mistral Straight, emulating the world famous Hunaudières Straight at Le Mans. Provisional entry list

The LMP2 class will once again have the largest grid in Le Castellet, with 12 cars due to take the start.  Victory in Austria last time out has put the Jota Sport trio of Filipe Albuquerque, Simon Dolan and Harry Tincknell at the top of the championship points table but are only two points in front of all French team and Imola race winners Thiriet by TDS Racing, Pierre Thiriet, Ludovic Badey and Tristan Gommendy, and 10 points advantage over Silverstone victors Greaves Motorsport (Gary Hirsch, Bjorn Wirdheim and Jon Lancaster).

AF Racing (ex SMP Racing) will be out in force with the Russian team once again fielding the two brand new Nissan powered BR01s and head to France on a high after Mikhail Aleshin, Victor Shaytar and Kirill Ladygin secured the first podium finish for the BR01 in Austria.

Three strong points scoring finishes sees the Krohn Racing Ligier JS P2 driven by Tracy W. Krohn, Oswaldo Negri and Olivier Pla lying in 4th place in the championship. The distinctively coloured Ligier is powered by the Judd engine, the only non Nissan powered car on the LMP2 grid, and after two 5th place and one 4th place finishes the American team will be pushing for that elusive podium finish in France.

Ireland’s Murphy Prototypes had a good run at Le Mans and a second place finish in Imola.  However a 6th place in Austria for Nathanael Berthon, Michael Lyons and Mark Patterson means they have a lot of work to do at Paul Ricard in the Oreca 03-Nissan to close the gap to the front runners.

The second of four Nissan powered Oreca 03 on the LMP2 grid is entered by Eurasia Motorsport with Chinese driver Pu Jun Jin and Dutchman Nico Pieter de Brujin, who will be joined by LMP2 24 Hours of Le Mans Champion Richard Bradley for the 4 Hours of Le Castellet.

Ibanez Racing make up the balance of the four Oreca 03-Nissans.  The team flying the flag of San Marion, will also be fielding two cars once again.

Pegasus Racing will field the sole Morgan for Leo Roussel and David Cheng and the grid is completed by the Ligier Nissan run by Algarve Pro Racing with James Winslow, Michael Muneman and Andrea Roda.

The new for 2015 LMP3 class has been the talk of the ELMS this year and once again the grid will feature four Ginetta-Nissans.  Victory in Silverstone and Red Bull Ring has put the Scottish duo of Chris Hoy and Charlie Robertson at the top of the points table with two races remaining in the no3 Team LNT Ginetta. Gaetan Paletou finished on the podium in Austria with Mark Shulzhitskiy but will be rejoined by Michael Simpson in the no2 Team LNT Ginetta, the pairing that finished second at Silverstone back in April.

All Italian team Villorba Corse, with Roberto Lacorte and Giorgio Sernagiotto took second place at the Red Bull Ring in the no5 Ginetta-Nissan and will be hoping to take the challenge to Hoy and Robertson at Le Castellet.

Spanish outfit SVK by Speed Factory is currently in fourth place after three races after a non finish in Austria deprived the team of any points.  The drivers Konstantin Calko and Dainius Matijosaltis will be joined by Dutch driver Mirco Van Oostrum in France.

With a grid of eight cars in France, the fight for the LMGTE title is still wide open with just 14 points covering the top seven cars and drivers.

Victory in Austria for the no60 Formula Racing Ferrari of Andrea Rizzoli, Johnny Laursen and Mikkel Mac has propelled the Danish team to the top of the leader board and five points ahead of the no55 AF Corse run 458 crewed by Duncan Cameron, Matt Griffin and Aaron Scott.

Imola Race winners AT Racing will once again run a Ferrari 458 Italia for Italian Alessandro Pier Guidi and Belarussian Father and Son duo Alexander Talkanitsa senior and junior.  A disappointing run in Austria dropped them down the order from 1st to 4th place behind the no88 Proton Competition Porsche of Richard Lietz, Marco Mapelli and Christian Ried.

BMW Team MARCVDS had a better run in Austria with the third fourth placed finish of the season for the only LMGTE spec BMW Z4. The Belgian team will be hoping to take the next step and secure a podium finish in France from Andy Priaulx, Henry Hassid and Jesse Krohn.

The all British no86 Gulf Racing UK Porsche 911 of Michael Wainwright, Adam Carroll and Dan Brown will also be hoping for a change in fortune.  The Silverstone class winners have only scored 10 points in the last two races dropping them down the order to 6th, but only 13 points behind the leaders with 52 points available from the final two races of the 2015 season.

After finishing third in Austria, Peter Mann and Matteo Cressoni will be joined in the no51 AF Corse Ferrari by 2015 LMGTE Am 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Andrea Bertolini at Le Castellet.

JMW Motorsport is the second all British team with George Richardson and Robert Smith sharing the driving at the Circuit Paul Ricard.

Once again the five car GTC entry will feature BMW, Ferrari and Aston Martin.  Second place in Austria meant all French TDS Racing team hold a five point advantage for their home race in Le Castellet.

Imola race winners Francesco Castellacci and Stuart Hall secured their second win of the year in Austria in the no62 AF Corse Ferrari, with new driver Thomas Flohr joining them on the top step of the podium, moving them up to second place in the championship.

Mads Rasmussen, Adrien De Leener and Francisco Guedes will race in the no64 AF Corse Ferrari, while Giorgio Roda, Marco Cioci and Ilya Melnikov will once again team up in the no63 458 run by the Italian team.

Massive Motorsport will be bringing the only Aston Martin Vantage on the ELMS grid, with Casper Elgaard, Simon Moller and Kristian Poulsen securing a podium finish in Austria to finally get some points on the scoreboard for the all Danish team.

The 4 Hours of Le Castellet will take place in the South of France at the Circuit Paul Ricard on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September and is round 4 of the five race 2015 European Le Mans Series.

CLICK HERE to download the provisional entry list for the 4 Hours of Le Castellet

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WHAT an incredible race at Silverstone! 🔥

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Great great race yesterday .. great rins and great Marquez .. two great drivers ..😁🤙🏁

Great battle👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻

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Those lean angles are sick 😮

I still think that overtake on finish line is the least thing Rins should do, after he get on Marquez's Rear wheel for thirty laps. Still, one of the borest race on MotoGP ever.

Suzuki love

Océane Duchemin regarde moi cette angle de malade 😍😍😍😍

Tobias Maibom siehste es geht mehr als 45 Grad 👌🏻

Ludo Metz angle fort!

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Less than ecstatic after the race 👊

P2 for Marc Márquez on the day but P1 in the championship 💪

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Classy and honest, as always. Well done to Rins. It was a smart move to let Marquez back in front after he'd let Rins pass. The Suzuki performed beautifully. And even though Rins had a couple of "moments", he had more grip than Marquez on the final corner. You have to feel for Dovi, who keeps getting taken out. A sad day for Rossi. I thought he had a chance but he was well off the pace.

I love the whole sportsman ships these racers have for each other, 1 of the reasons to love Motogp ❤

Glad he talked about his concern for Dovi. That was good to hear. Sportsmanship is everything regardless of placings.

Great to see him challenged. He's an amazing talent but even the greatest talent on the grid with no opponents means a boring race.

congratulations Alex Rins you made my day

Amazing race by amazing pilots.

Congrats MM u did very well fighting off Rins but at the end Rins was the winner. Well deserved win. Lets bounce back with the next race. Sad about Dovi hope he is doing ok.

Some of the fans on here are sick Don't get me wrong we were on vale screaming for Rins but only cos you need a bit of competition . Love him or not you can't knock his talent

20pt is better than nothing mm93! Congrats..👍💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼..!!!

MM i Love you 💙

Love you #MM93💗

He may lose a battle here and there, but always wins the war, its part of racing. His consistency in finishing on the podium has been unmatched in recent times. Great to see him pushed and challenged by Dovi, Rins, Vinales and Quartararo.

Say what you like about this guy, but he is a true professional with a passion for winning.

He is such a Noob🤣🤣🤣

He seemed ok to me in that interview. Was a great race from start to finish.

What a fantastic young man. So sad that some supposed MotoGP fans can't see beyond their hateful bias against him. Ultimately blamed himself for making a mistake on the last corner, acknowledged Rins race craft for remaining in second, and disappointed that Dovi crashed out - what more do you want?

Strong opponents make for a strong champion. Marquez has the strongest opponents since I'm watching Motogp. I saw Doohan competing against one, maybe two strong opponents. Rossi had quite the same, winning one or two championships with virtualy no strong opponents. Marc has world champions and some that are way stroger: Rossi, Lorenzo, Dovi, Quartararo, Rins, Crutchlow. Lots of drivers can win races!

Hahahaha look at his face

I thought he handled himself reasonably well given that he would obviously disappointed

Spoilt child. He was at max for too long and wiped out his tyres, whereas Rins never looked anything other than at ease and riding within himself which kept his tyres fresh so he could get drive out of the final corner. Marc shot his tyres hence why he nearly lost it coming through Woodcote and why he had to throttle back and had no traction.

One of the best race ever

marquez did loose the race.....only just, but he knows that when they showed his pit board of dovi out, that he did not have much to loose, but his competitive nature, would never allow him to settle for 2nd or third. if you want to get on the podium, you've got to out ride or out think him........


Glad to see mm eat some humble pie

Can't help but think if rear tyre had held up he would have disappeared

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I'm a Mercedes fan but have to say McLaren have done an amazing job this year considering their performance over the last few years.

I would say Williams for the most reliability and focused pit crew. They're only left to improve on pace.

Good to see that McLaren is performing well. I'm sure the team's ability to improve will be remarkable with every race from now on.

Must say McLaren, with the team spirit that they have, and results they managed to achieve... Definitely my favourites this season.

Williams have had the worst start to an F1 team in history. And I think with their tiny budget and willpower, the amount they’ve improved is impressive. They’re still far behind but I hope to see them fighting for podiums in 2021

McLaren has impressed the most because last season they where horrible and now they are best of the rest. Also Red Bull and Honda seem to be a nice match, would love to see Max finish what Jos started with Honda. Most disappointing this season are Haas and Renault. Renault because they wanted to close the gap to the top 3, but right now they are 6th. And they are the only unreliable engine in the field right now. Haas is having a horrible season, they seem to be getting worse during the season instead of improving.

If Bruce was still here he would be proud of his team. Mclaren improved the most.

McLaren. Consistent development and improvement over the season so far. Alfa Romeo has been somewhat of a surprise also.

Being on top is one thing but staying at the top is the art of the game. Kudos to Mercedes for getting it right so far.... #WeMakeItLookEasy

I’m super impressed with Toro Rosso, hard to believe this is the old Minardi team where both their drivers exceeded all expectations!!

Ferrari have been the most impressive, from being the slowest manufacturer in 2014 to being a reasonable threat and smashing McLaren and Williams comprehensibly. McLaren and Williams should just pack their bags and go home, Ferrari have nailed their coffin shut and it can be considered karma for their various indiscretions in 1990 (senna wiping out prost), 1994, 1997 (Villeneuve incident), 1998, 1999, 2007 (spygate), 2008... The British public couldn't care less about McLaren or Williams they only support whatever "British" team is winning, in this case Mercedes

Ferrari fan for life, but McLaren have done an incredible job so far, considering how far back they were

Redbull and Honda engineering. The aerodynamic has been sorted and the engine now also reliable. Watch that space, they could challenge for the title next year!

None the sport is finished and I've followed the sport since the early 80s

Mclaren, they have made a huge turn around this season. With andreas seidl at the helm, the only place they re going is up

Hi F1 and fans .... with all the media attention to the envirement and green thinking etc etc etc. Is there a research or developement posted in any magizine about the developemt of how clean the F1 is today. We all know that all top research of F1 is implemented in the modern cars but i like to read how clean F1 is now in 2019 .. 👍

McLaren (and I'm faraway from being a fan! If there was a person I didn't like in Formula 1, that person was Ron Dennis). Anyway I'm glad to see them finally getting together again and mainly without supposed big shot drivers who can't do nothing but complain! Now they need to find a good engine because with Renault it will be near impossible to go any further...

McLaren is the most impressive.. Mercedes just has luck week after week.. Hoping Ferrari will get their things together for the second half..

Red Bull / HONDA‼️ Young Max may be awesome, but so is the way Red Bull has adapted to Honda’s engine. The last 2 years of griping about the Renault power plant is (almost) justified...

Haas, they have surprised me on how bad they are this year. Compared to last year this year has been terrible. They were fighting Renault for top of the mid pack, this year they are fighting for points at all.

And yet no Ferrari or anyone else 1st with the exception of RB. Hybrid era is killing with the beyond dominance of Merc being so far ahead of everyone else’s pace. Some competition would be nice! Don’t give me that bullshit of everyone should bring it to the table, there’s some crazy advantage behind the scene that you Merc fanboys don’t know about. Yawn.

It would be nice to see Mclaren back up there permanently fighting for the title. Always was a fan

the gap between top three teams and the rest is too much

Quite a gap between 3rd and 4th also between 10th and racing cars.

Williams been sandbagging the first half of the season just to give the others a glimp of hope, beast mode on in second half of the season

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