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ELMS Gears Up for Estoril Finale

LMP2, GTE championships to be decided in Portugal…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

The European Le Mans Series season comes to a close this weekend in Estoril, with a total of 37 cars set for the Portuguese round.


Algarve Pro Racing has dropped off the entry list in LMP2, to focus on its upcoming Asian Le Mans Series campaign, while the Murphy Prototypes car is also set to miss the finale.

Meanwhile, Eurasia Motorsport has revealed a new driver lineup of Tristan Gommendy, Frederic Vervisch and Michael Lyons. Julien Schell is replacing Remy Striebig at Pegasus Racing.

Thiriet by TDS Racing’s Mathias Beche and Pierre Thiriet lead the LMP2 driver standings, with a 14-point lead over G-Drive Racing drivers Harry Tincknell, Simon Dolan and Giedo van der Garde.

The LMP3 entry has reduced by one to 19 cars, with Tockwith Motorsports missing the Estoril race.

The class championship fight has already been wrapped up after United Autosport drivers Alex Brundle, Christian England and Mike Guasch took the title last month at Spa-Francorchamps.

An eight-car field remains in GTE, with the points lead held by the JMW Motorsport Ferrari F458 Italia.

Andrea Bertolini, Rory Butcher and Robert Smith have 20 points over nearest rivals Beechdean AMR.

Meanwhile, there has been a slight change to the entry list in the GTE class, as Ben Barker joins the No. 88 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR. Barker has been a regular with Gulf Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship this season.

The Four Hours of Estoril will start at 1:30 p.m. local time on Sunday, while track action gets underway on Friday afternoon.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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