Monday 18. April 2016

Action and drama in opening race of 2016!

The 4 Hours of Silverstone has set the scene for a season of dramatic racing in the 2016 European Le Mans Series. The typically English weather also played its part after snow in the morning and a wet qualifying session, the race started dry but rain showers threatened to cause an upset. However in the end the no56 AT Racing Ferrari 458 LMGTE of Alessandro Pier Guidi, Alexander Talkanitsa father and son scored a second place podium at the end of a thrilling four hour encounter.

Alexander Talkanitsa jr. took the start and showed competitive pace throughout his first stint. A contact with a LMP3 one lap before the driver change, saw the no56 Ferrari damage the rear right tyre and lose 45 seconds. Alexander jr. handed the car over to his father and Senior was able to close the gap, setting fastest lap times of all bronze drivers.

As the race drew to a close, a great battle for the final podium spot was happening between Alessandro Pier Guidi in the AT Racing Ferrari and Richie Stanaway in the no96 Aston Martin.

On the final lap there was contact between the two cars at the end of the Vale with Alessandro sliding off the track and Stanaway taking the chequered flag in third place but then pulling to the side of the track after the finish line with damage to the front right of the car. Shortly after the race Stanaway was handed a 4-minute time penalty by the stewards for unsporting conduct which put the no96 car behind the no56 Ferrari and promoting AT Racing into the final podium position.

In post race scrutineering the no66 Ferrari was found to be in breach of article 2.2.1a of the ELMS LMGTE Am Technical Regulations, which means it didn’t conform to the homologation papers.  The front splitter was found to be incorrect and the JMW Motorsport Ferrari was excluded from the results. The no99 Aston Martin Racing Vantage was promoted to the race win, with the no56 AT Racing Ferrari in second and the no65 Aston Martin Racing Vantage in third.

Round 2 of the European Le Mans Series will be in Italy when the large grid of cars will take part in the 4 Hours of Imola on the 13-15 May.

CLICK HERE for the results from the 4 Hours of Silverstone

CLICK HERE for the classification after Round 1

europeanlemansseries.com

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