Tuesday 19. July 2016

AT Racing takes over the ELMS championship lead

AT Racing took over European Le Mans Series standings lead when the Austrian team scored its third consecutive ELMS podium today (17 Jul). Alessandro Pier Guidi and Alexander Talkanitsa father & son swept the no56 Ferrari 458 LMGTE to a third place in the 4 Hours of Red Bull Ring to register the trio’s “hat-trick” of ELMS podiums.

The LMGTE battle was fierce with the no66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari of Rory Butcher and the no56 AT Racing Ferrari of Alexander Talkanitsa Jr moving ahead of the pole sitting car, the no88 Proton Competition Porsche of Gianluca Roda.

The first Full Course Yellow was called on lap73 when the no7 Villorba Corse Ligier-Nissan had to be recovered from the gravel at Turn 5. At the same time the no56 AT Racing Ferrari of Alexander Talkinitsa Sr suffered a rear right puncture and had to head to the pits. The lost time dropped him to 5th place, but the team carved its way through the field.

With 90 minutes left the no66 JMW Ferrari held a 60 second advantage over the no99 Aston Martin Racing Vantage of Alex MacDowall, which was being challenged by the no51 AF Corse Ferrari of Rui Aguas. The two cars were running side by side and after a bit of rubbing the Ferrari got the upperhand. MacDowall was demoted a further place when Alessandro Pier Guidi also passed the Aston Martin with 20 minutes of the race remaining.

The third-place finish ensured that AT Racing maintained their 100 per cent record of podium finishes in the ELMS in 2016 – adding to their second place at Silverstone and third place at Imola.