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TDS Leads First Half at Paul Ricard

Pierre Thiriet leads for TDS at half-way mark at Paul Ricard…

Photo: Adrenal Media

Photo: Adrenal Media

Pierre Thiriet leads the Four Hours of Le Castellet at the halfway mark, with his Thiriet by TDS Racing team having led for most of the two hours.

Mike Conway, replacing Ryo Hirakawa in the TDS car this weekend, took a commanding lead over DragonSpeed’s Nicolas Lapierre at the start, until he pitted to Thiriet after 45 minutes. He still leads in the No. 46 Oreca 05 Nissan.

The drive of the race so far was from Harry Tincknell in the G-Drive Racing Gibson 015S Nissan, who rectified a ninth-place start to hold second after just over an hour, having passed Henrik Hedman in the DragonSpeed Oreca Nissan.

Simon Dolan took over the G-Drive car and currently sits third, behind Julian Leal in the BR Engineering BR01 Nissan of SMP Racing.

Nigel Moore led in LMP3 for debutants Tockwith Motorsport for a while, until a slow pit stop relegated co-driver Philip Hanson to fourth.

Eric Trouillet is the current class leader in the Graff-run No. 9 Ligier JS P3 Nissan.

Andrew Howard soon lost his GTE class lead from pole in the No. 99 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE, first to Aaron Scott, then to Rory Butcher.

Andrea Bertolini took over the JMW Motorsport Ferrari F458 Italia from Butcher and is the class leader.


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

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