ELMS: LMP2 Thiriet by TDS Racing team wins thrilling race in Imola

The no46 Thiriet by TDS Racing Oreca-Nissan of Tristan Gommendy took the chequered flag to secure a great win for the French team ahead of the no48 Murphy Prototypes Oreca 03R-Nissan

The no46 Thiriet by TDS Racing Oreca-Nissan of Tristan Gommendy took the chequered flag to secure a great win for the French team ahead of the no48 Murphy Prototypes Oreca 03R-Nissan

Sun May 17th 2015 – Under blue skies and bright sunshine the 4 Hours of Imola proved to be dramatic from the very start when the no 44 Ibanez Racing Oreca of Yutaka Yamagishi stopped on the formation lap forcing the race director to declare a second lap behind the leading car before the race could begin. Results Here.

The no38 Jota Sport Gibson Nissan of Harry Tincknell led the remaining 29 cars into the first corner, holding off the challenge of Mark Patterson in the Murphy Prototypes Oreca, Leo Roussel in the no29 Pegasus Racing Morgan and the no41 Greaves Motorsport Gibson of Bjorn Wirdheim. Patterson then began a spirited defense of his second position from a very determined Roussel, with Wirdheim allow looking for an opportunity to overtake. This allowed Tincknell to open a comfortable gap at the head of the field.

Pierre Thiriet had started the race in 9th place in the no46 Oreca 05 but soon started to make progress up the field and by lap 8 the French driver had joined the battle for second place.

On lap 19 the safety car was deployed for the first time to clear gravel from the track at Turn 3 after one of the GTE cars had gone off at Tamburello. This bunched up the field and Tincknell found his hard won lead reduced to a few seconds at the restart. The Englishman started to rebuild his lead before coming in on lap 38 to serve the first pitstop, which allowed Tincknell to retain the lead ahead of the Thiriet by TDS Racing Oreca.

On lap 60 the safety car was deployed again when the no5 Villorba Corse Ginetta of Roberto Lacorte stopped at the entrance to the pitlane. Simon Dolan returned to the pits with the front left wing of the Gibson missing after being forced to ride the kerbs in avoidance of a back marker. The race went green once again but not before Gary Hirsch in the no41 Greaves Motorsport Gibson spun off, losing the Swiss driver several seconds before rejoining the track.

At the restart Ludovic Badey in the Thiriet Oreca was leading the with Michael Lyons in the Murphy Oreca in second place while fighting off the attentions of Hirsch in the Greaves Motorsport Gibson.

After the next set of pitstops the Thiriet Oreca and the Greaves Gibson were fighting for the lead for several laps but the no29 Pegasus Morgan caused the Greaves P2 car to loose time trying to pass and the Thiriet Oreca opened up a comfortable gap.

As the race drew to a close Tristen Gommendy held a comfortable advantage over Nathanael Berthon in the Murphy Oreca and at the chequered flag was 12 seconds ahead with Filipe Albuquerque in the no38 JOTA Sport Gibson in third place. A late penalty for a pitstop infringement to replace the left wing added 1m35s to the JOTA time but this still left the team in third place ahead of the Greaves Motorsport Gibson.

Car #56 / AT RACING (AUT) / Ferrari F458 Italia / Alexander Talkanitsa (BLR) / Alexander Talkanitsa Jr (BLR) / Alessandro Pierguidi (ITA)

Car #56 / AT RACING (AUT) / Ferrari F458 Italia / Alexander Talkanitsa (BLR) / Alexander Talkanitsa Jr (BLR) / Alessandro Pierguidi (ITA)

The LMGTE battle proved to be the talk of the event with leading four cars covered by a few seconds for most of the second half of the race. Alessandro Pier Guidi took the win in the no56 AT Racing Ferrari after a great recovery drive after dropping down the field at the start and being tapped into a spin by the no3 Team LNT Ginetta of Charlie Robertson.

The no55 AF Corse Ferrari of Matt Griffin, the no52 BMW of Jesse Krohn, the no88 Porsche of Richard Leitz and the no56 AT Racing Ferrari of Alexander Talkanitsa kept the crowd entertained for lap after lap, and after the end of the pitstops put the no60 Formula Racing Ferrari of Andrea Rizzoli at the head of the field, the drama continued all the way to the flag. AT Racing -Alessandro Pier Guidi overtook the cars ahead of him to hit the front of the field at the right time and took the chequered flag for the #56 AT Racing Ferrari team just 3 seconds ahead of the no88 Proton Competition Porsche of Marco Mapelli in second with no60 Formula Racing Ferrari in third.

Silverstone race winners Charlie Robertson and Chris Hoy started the race from pole position, with Roberston building a big lead over the remaining LMP3 runners. However a penalty and technical issues dropped the Scot down the field handing the advantage to the no15 SVK by Speed Factory Ginetta and the no7 University of Bolton Ginetta Nissan of Rob Garofall and Morten Dons. Dons and Garofell worked hard to build a two lap advantage and took the LMP3 victory in Italy.

The GTC podium went to AF Corse with Stuart Hall taking the win in the no62 Ferrari 458 ahead of teammates in the no63 and no64 cars to secure a podium lockout for the Italian team. The no68 Massive Motorsport Aston Martin was an early casualty and spent a lot of the early part of the race in the garage. It emerged well down the field only to retire. The three AF Corse Ferraris did face a challenge from the TDS Racing BMW but it was soon clear it was going to be victory for AF Corse but the identity of the winners had yet to be decided. The no62 Ferrari of Francesco Castellacci and the no63 Ferrari of Marco Cioci were nose to tail and this continued for most of the race. However as the race entered the final part the challenge from the no63 458 faded away and by the chequered flag Stuart Hall held a 1 lap advantage over his nearest rival

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4 hrs ago

F1

Highlights from an action-packed brawl on the streets of Monte Carlo 💪 ... See Less

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Gutierrez is an absolute jerk and shouldn't be allowed to participate! He should go to a fair in Mexico and drive bumper cars...

The thing about Gutiérrez is to consult with his psychologist, that the damages are not activated does not mean that you drive without respect, you cannot put the car where it does not fit, fantastic boot race, it was not the best circuit to debut in a virtual race and if He is not caught in the accident, he would have been in the top 3, I hope he dared to participate again, Lecler very clean.

No damage is bullshit. Grow up.

Can’t run this with damage on, just takes away the spectacle and not very interesting to watch when crashing into each other like this

Gutierrez should play E roulette tonight. He hit everything else in Monaco, odds are he will hit his number or color as well

Turning damage off was a big mistake. Just became intentional wall riding for most. It somewhat disconnects risk and reward.

That It!!! All the F1 Pilots (when they're driving For Real) still think they're in virtual cars which can bounce off of everything without damage!

So many people complaining, don't watch if it's so repulsive to you.

Some shocking driving there. And people wonder why very few take it seriously. Crank damage up to 100% and let's see them

Hey F1. You should have a night race at Monte Carlo and just add lights. I think it would be pretty cool.

I feels like watching mini4WD series using barrier to turn lol Fun to watch, in not F1-serious like

2020 Monaco Virtual GP Nobody: All the drivers: SEND IT IN EVERY CORNER

Oh this virtual thing is just lost. Loss of value in material, society and spirit. But who would compare?..

Esteban Gutierrez driving was just shameful. I realize it's a video game... but even for a video game his driving was stupid.

No damage is just horrible, full of punts and wallriding

Action? Come on guys, activate damages, they are real drivers!

“He wants to play bumper car or something” - everyone to Gutierrez - 2020

F1 needs a no damage mode 😂

If they had damage on, only Russell would have finished the race 😀

Must put damage on... it is a carnage going on there!

Turn damage on for Christ sake will prevent a lot of the stupid driving and dive bombs

I guess one way to get on the podium is to literally knock your opponents out

Thats a joke Man... IRL that race over in the 1st lap.

Gutiérrez torpedoed everyone Pastor will be proud of him

Esteban Gutierez just enjoying the map like Mario Kart 😂

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7 hrs ago

F1

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Gutierrez ruined the race outcome. I expect that kinda bumper cars from nascar. I’d why I quit that series. Altho it sounds like it pleased some folks. Well, there’s always the real thing, and bikes. flat track, moto, and. Enduro’s. Something for everybody. Hope the next one is cleaner.

I would loooooove to get relevant F1 news without fantasy races and fluff. Is there a F1 page just for that? I realize everyone is struggling to stay relevant but fantasy racing is not what I signed up for.

Honestly wish they would just turn damage back on. Like I get it there’s noobs being brought on that aren’t even drivers but cmon it kinda kills this thing just watching them drive like they’re playing Mario Kart.

Another Ferrari driver who can't handle being passed

Turn on damages. What a mess it look like kids driving today ...

More exiting than real F1.. says enough!

Why has F1 not adopted Esports to carry the season until the real racing can continue? Would be alot more interesting to see all the grid in equal cars. Even if it's not exactly the real thing.

It looks fake and it is...multiple collisions, no damage, no nothing. It’s just not interesting.

Glad they made titanium front wings and sidepods.

Enough of this. Bring back the real deal

This might be interesting if they turned on damage. W/O it it's just BS bumper cars, ignoring track limits and a useless thing to watch.

Super unrealistic...

Do people look at this crap really only stockcar racing

Good old Karting move 👍

Never seen such racing in Monaco.

The fact these guys race with no damage is sad.

turn damage on so we can really have fun watching drivers survive monaco.

Is that Blackpool GP coz they drive like they were on the Dodgems?!

He went through where Max couldn't get past Hamilton last season

Arthur gettin battered about by all the big boys today. Is that le clercs dad or brother?

😮👏🏻 Good luck

I think they should have had damage on

Turn on the damage

Gutierrez is the Pagenaud of F1

100% Prost v Senna

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8 hrs ago

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Not watched this rubbish. They need to do a kind of battle royale style event where everyone has damage on, except kyviat and the last person to be torpedoed wins.

Bad luck for Charles on that point. Two years ago breaks failure and now this😂

Why are some people so angry on this thread because wheels didn't fly off a virtual car? Lockdown really hitting hard 😂

No damage... It's just a laugh that you need the settings for 5 year olds...

Honestly what Esteban today did was dirty... unacceptable, was watching Marcel Kiefer's stream and he was raging and swearing!

Just get to real racing already. This virtual racing wore out a month ago. NASCAR has started and IndyCar starts June 6th.

These clips only remind me how barren my life is without F1 lol. I can't find any enthusiasm for these Mario Kart races.

😐 c'mon now...turn on damage and get all the F1 drivers involved. Have your "celebrity" races elsewhere. ½points for virtual races and add them to whatever is earned when the actual season resumes.

Can we get a full contact death match mode with weapons please? Please!

You have overdone it with the "virtual" grand Prixs.I am a gamer and a FORMULA 1 fan myself but just the marketing exaggeration and promotion of all these tends to become boring, at least for those who spend a lot of time with pure Formula 1 things.Even the the E-league was better organized...

If they're going to play a game with ridiculous physics and no damage, why don't they just play Call of Duty. That's about as close to real war as this F1 game is to car racing.

Is there no damage mode in this game? I remember F1 2001 had like 20,000 settings and full damage mode.

Alright, it's funny if everyone agrees to go full Mario Kart mode. Not if a couple decides to torpedoe everyone while the rest is actually trying ro race. Either implement some set of rules or just switch to Mario Kart for this series. It was funny, now it's just ridiculous.

What no damage. That the whole point of f1

Leclerc and Monaco is just not a good combination.

What a load of sh*te this is honest. May as well watch them all playing mario cart. Utterly pointless.

Get a grip ya whining bastards! Yes, there's a bit of overzealous driving...so what! It's a bit of fun and at least a little entertainment for us while there's no real F1.

Here for all the ItS nOt ReAlIsTiC comments. No kidding, it's a video game.

The handling on the Codemasters games will always be rubbish, far from realistic, useless.

it was the worst virtual gp please turn on damage

Turn on damage and the Esteban issue will fix itself.

Someone appears to have driven through Leclercs car, ghostlike, as if made of ectoplasm...

did the Alfa just phase through Leclerc's car??

Les mecs ils jouent sans les dégâts...trop la honte serieux quand nous on jouent en réel

also Esteban seems to be like five years child who chrashing into everything

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11 hrs ago

MotoGP

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What an emotional race. Amazing.

Refunds???????

Dominik Leder

en ik ook

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Fatima Benard segundo 35 cuando voy conduciendo y me envías un mensaje

Ricardo Blokzijl Nathalie Blokzijl, dat weekendje gaat jammer genoeg dit jaar niet door

Let me show you the video of my Yamaha in Italy! youtu.be/Cqqivo8wJ-Q

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12 hrs ago

24H Series

Yesterday during the 12H MONZA, Munckhof Racing powered by No Fear Energy Drink and Ciceley Motorsport side by side during the race! 🏎️💥

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12 hrs ago

MotoGP

How does Valentino Rossi VR46 Official describe himself? 🤔
Does he like pineapple on a pizza? 🍍🍕
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Optimistic in 2018 to enjoying my soft pizza from bridgestone with mayonaise in the beach at sunset with coffee and gain cardio of my dogs just to funny 😆😆✌️

Gotta love that guy! 🤣 what if your cat finds out about that dog mishap?? 🙈 Also: pineapple on pizza is THE BEST! I’m sorry but it’s true 😝

Vale you are really Amazing!!!! Good luck!!! We Love ❤💛 YOU!!!!

Looking forward to racing again . You look really good , relaxed & happy. You will always be No 1 . ❤ One kiss x

Always smiling our Vale !! and of course optimistic. I love him 🥰. I hope to see you soon on the track. 😉

Valentino looks like he needs that beard filling makeup pen that’s all the target on FB

My Boy, and no pineapple, I'm allergic. XX

Ahhhh - I got all of these right (except the mayonnaise on pizza but that’s definitely more acceptable than pineapple 🤢). Always makes me smile 😊 x

Like the longer hair, not the beard... You can shave, you don't need the barber for that....

Only you were allowed to switch the tyres from Michelin to Bridgestone.. What a shame!

Maybe they should do this for all the riders????

FFS!! Enough of the fan-boy shite MotoGP!! 🤬 Let's see something about other riders. You have 82 others to choose from!

One thing is for real...he certainly can't grow a beard!

Mayonnaise on a pizza? In Italy? It must be an Uccio thing, there's no other explanation... 🤣🤣🤣

Pizza with mayonnaise??????

Hahahaha "forbidden." #pineappledoesnotbelongonpizza

T-shirt salesman

rossi: mayo pizza cooks: WHAT A GENIUS he must be 200+ iq

I love this guy...

Hello mester Rossi we miss you, Go go go

Ah Vale!.. la pizza con la maionese proprio non si può sentire!!!!😱😱😱😱😱

Go put some beard

Legend. Forza

Che cazzo dici Vale? Mayonnaise su pizza? Perche no Vegemite?!? 🤣🤣🤙🤙

RETIRE already!!!!!!!!

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