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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6 hrs ago


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

Honestly would rather they played Mario kart. It’s way more fun than this.

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

Estaben strategy for yesterday race if anyone doesn't let me pass I will do whatever it takes to gain his position. I will set them spinning ☠️☠️

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.

Gutierrez racing is not for you. Please do something else mate!

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

Obviously there's not enough damage from aggressive driving

F1 needs a no damage mode 😂

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

This virtual game those not have FÍA giving fines 😂

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

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9 hrs ago


A mini-epic 🍿Alex Albon and Arthur Leclerc fight for P4 in the closing laps of Sunday's Virtual Monaco Grand Prix 👏 ... See Less

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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.

Another Ferrari driver who can't handle being passed

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

Funny how even f1 drivers soon stoop to the level of gt sport daily racers when the damage is always off...

More exiting than real F1.. says enough!

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.

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.

Enough of this. Bring back the real deal

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.

Wow this definitely splits option, better than no racing in mine though.

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

Never seen such racing in Monaco.

The fact these guys race with no damage is sad.

formula one or destruction derby?? aahh, no damages...its formula one!! gutierrez 🤣🤣🤦🤦

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?!

Just imagine racing like that in real life. Awesome.

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

😮👏🏻 Good luck

I think they should have had damage on

Turn on the damage

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9 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...

The whole race Esteban Gutierrez was driving dirty. What a disrespectful racer. He knocked out Alex too.

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.

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

What kind of racing is this without damage and how does it even manage to get much of viewership?

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

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

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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13 hrs ago


An emotional day for all involved as Tatsuki Suzuki handed SIC 58 Squadra CORSE victory at the circuit named after the late Marco Simoncelli ❤️

Relive the highlights from the #SanMarinoGP! 🇸🇲
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What an emotional race. Amazing.


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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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13 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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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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13 hrs ago


How does Valentino Rossi VR46 Official describe himself? 🤔
Does he like pineapple on a pizza? 🍍🍕
What's his favourite #MotoMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGPhis and more about the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP rider in our Quick Fire questions ⁉️
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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 😝

At least during the lockdown, him and his boyfriend Uccio have has plenty of time to makeup a brand new list of excuses for when tossi gets his ass handed to him again !!

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. 😉

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

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

A character of a Champion💖VR46💨..

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

Healthy greetings from Indonesia

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

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