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Estoril Post-Race Notebook

Sportscar365’s post-race notebook from Estoril…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

***The No. 29 Pegasus Racing Morgan LMP2 Nissan, which originally finished ninth overall and in the LMP2 class, has been excluded due to a fuel analysis anomaly, while the No. 33 Panis-Barthez Competition Ligier JS P2 Nissan was given a 45-second post-race time penalty, which did not affect its result. Click Here for the revised results.

***For the third time in the last four years, the LMP2 team that headed into the title-deciding race did not end up winning the championship. Sunday’s result gave G-Drive Racing and Jota Sport its first ELMS championship, in the final race for its venerable Gibson 015S, which is arguably the LMP2 chassis with the most victories.

***Five teams have secured automatic invites to next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans for their success in the ELMS or Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup. Class champions G-Drive Racing (LMP2), United Autosports (LMP3, for use in LMP2), Aston Martin Racing (GTE, for use in GTE-Pro or GTE-Am) and TF Sport (GT3, for use in GTE-Am) have clinched invites, as well as JMW Motorsport (GTE runner-up, for use in GTE-Pro or GTE-Am).

***The entry list for the 2017 ELMS season will be revealed on Feb. 2, the same day the entries for Le Mans and FIA World Endurance Championship will be confirmed.

***The ACO has clarified that the top five teams from the LMP3 championship in the new-look Michelin Le Mans Cup will be invited to the ELMS LMP3 class the following year, with the five lowest ELMS LMP3 teams demoted to the support series, which will comprise of five two-hour races, plus the Road to Le Mans event in June.

***The Oreca 07 is expected to begin on-track testing later this week. The French prototype will be the third LMP2 car to hit the track, joining both the Cadillac and Gibson-powered Dallaras, as well as the Ligier JS P217 Gibson.

***Matthias Czabok, the Vice President Marketing and Business Development for JDC/Miller Motorsports was present at Estoril this past weekend to check out the ELMS action. The Minnesota-based team has a busy 2017 already planned, with no fewer than seven cars set to be entered across three different IMSA series.

***A post-season Rookie Test for the European Le Mans Series is under evaluation for 2017. It would follow a similar format to the WEC test, which is held the day after the season finale in Bahrain, except taking young talent from the LMP3 class and giving them a chance in LMP2 machinery.

Laurent Mercier contributed to this report

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