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2014 European Le Mans Series
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The 2014 European Le Mans Series season was the tenth season of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest's European Le Mans Series. It was the third 24 Hours of Le Mans-based series created by the ACO, following the Asian Le Mans Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship. The five-event season began at Silverstone Circuit, in conjunction with the FIA World Endurance Championship, from 18–19 April and ended at Autódromo do Estoril on 19 October.[1]

In the lead LMP2 class, five different teams won the five races that were held during the 2014 season. However, it was Signatech Alpine and their triumvirate of Paul-Loup Chatin, Nelson Panciatici and Oliver Webb that won the respective titles; they won the race at the Red Bull Ring, and ultimately won the championship by four points from the Jota Sport trio Filipe Albuquerque, Simon Dolan and Harry Tincknell, who won at Imola. Third place in the championship went to Le Castellet winners Gary Hirsch and Christian Klien for Newblood by Morand Racing. Other race winners included Pierre Ragues – who was part of the Hirsch-Klien Le Castellet entry – having joined the team mid-season, Sébastien Loeb Racing duo Vincent Capillaire and Jimmy Eriksson were winners at Estoril, while the opening race at Silverstone was won by Thiriet by TDS Racing, with their drivers Ludovic Badey, Tristan Gommendy and Pierre Thiriet.

In the GTE class, SMP Racing and their drivers Andrea Bertolini, Viktor Shaytar and Sergey Zlobin took their respective titles with a final round victory at Estoril while the pre-race championship leaders AF Corse, with drivers Duncan Cameron and Matt Griffin struggled in the race; having led by 21 points going into the race, Cameron and Griffin eventually lost the title by 3.5 points to Bertolini, Shaitar and Zlobin. The teams shared all five wins during the season; SMP Racing won two races, while AF Corse won three, with Cameron and Griffin being joined by Michele Rugolo for the victories; however, as Rugolo missed the Imola event, he finished six points behind them in the championship.

SMP Racing also took the honours in the GTC class, as Olivier Beretta, Devi Markozov and Anton Ladygin finished all five races on the podium – with a victory at Le Castellet – to take class honours by 15.5 points ahead of Formula Racing duo Johnny Laursen and Mikkel Mac, who won with Andrea Piccini at Imola. Third in the class championship went to another SMP Racing entry, with drivers Kirill Ladygin, Aleksey Basov and Luca Persiani, who won the race at the Red Bull Ring. Other race victories went to Team Ukraine at Silverstone with drivers Andrii Kruglyk, Sergey Chukanov and Alessandro Pier Guidi, and BMW Sport Trophy Marc VDS at Estoril, with their trio of Bas Leinders, Markus Palttala and Henry Hassid.

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RegulationsEdit

The top class continued to be LMP2, where a car of 2–3 drivers had to include at least one silver or bronze-ranking driver. GTE and GTC cars had to include one bronze and silver driver or two bronze drivers. Finally, LMPC was not a part of the 2014 season. Unlike in 2013, tyre warming was allowed in the 2014 season.[1]

CalendarEdit

The provisional calendar was announced during the final round of the 2013 European Le Mans Series season at Circuit Paul Ricard. However, to avoid date clashes with the FIA World Endurance Championship, a revised schedule was released, with rounds 2 and 5 being moved back one week. The first round was held alongside the first round of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship season at Silverstone Circuit.[2] Additionally, all races lasted an hour longer than in 2013, from three hours to four.

Rnd Race Circuit Date
1 4 Hours of Silverstone   Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, United Kingdom 19 April
2 4 Hours of Imola   Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy 18 May
3 4 Hours of Red Bull Ring   Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria 20 July
4 4 Hours of Le Castellet   Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France 14 September
5 4 Hours of Estoril   Autódromo do Estoril, Estoril, Portugal 19 October

Entry listEdit

The entry list was announced on February 13. It featured 42 cars, comprising 13 LMP2, 13 GTE and 16 GTC:

  • LMP2 featured four Orecas (Boutsen Ginion, Sébastien Loeb, Race Performance and Murphy), three Zyteks (Greaves, Jota and Caterham), three Morgans (Pegasus, Morand and Larbre), two Alpines (Signatech) and a Ligier (Thiriet by TDS).
  • GTE featured 8 Ferraris (AF Corse, AT Racing, JMW and Kessel), four Porsches (IMSA, Gulf and Crubilé) and an Aston Martin (Gulf).
  • GTC featured 11 Ferraris (AF Corse, SMP, SOFREV-ASP, Formula and Ukraine), two McLarens (ART), a Porsche (Pro GT by Almeras) and a BMW (Barwell).

LMP2Edit

Entrant/Team Car Engine Tyre No. Drivers Rounds
  Sébastien Loeb Racing Oreca 03 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 M 24   Vincent Capillaire 1–2, 4–5
  Jan Charouz 1–2
  Arthur Pic 4
  Andrea Roda 4
  Jimmy Eriksson 5
  Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 D 28   James Littlejohn 1
  James Walker 1
  Anthony Wells 1
  Luciano Bacheta 3–5
  Mark Shulzhitskiy 3–5
41   Matt McMurry All
  Tom Kimber-Smith 1–3
  Chris Dyson 1
  Mark Patterson 3
  Johnny Mowlem 4
  Miguel Faísca 5
  James Fletcher 5
  Pegasus Racing Morgan LMP2 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 D 29   Jonathan Coleman All
  Nicolas Leutwiler All
  Julien Schell All
  Race Performance Oreca 03 Judd HK 3.6 L V8 D 34   Michel Frey All
  Franck Mailleux All
  Patric Niederhauser 5
  Signatech Alpine Alpine A450 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 M
D
36   Paul-Loup Chatin All
  Nelson Panciatici All
  Oliver Webb All
  Jota Sport Zytek Z11SN Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 D 38   Filipe Albuquerque All
  Simon Dolan All
  Harry Tincknell All
  Newblood by Morand Racing Morgan LMP2 Judd HK 3.6 L V8 D 43   Gary Hirsch All
  Christian Klien All
  Romain Brandela 1–2
  Pierre Ragues 3–5
  Thiriet by TDS Racing Morgan LMP2[N 1]
Ligier JS P2[N 2]
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 D 46   Ludovic Badey All
  Tristan Gommendy All
  Pierre Thiriet All
  Murphy Prototypes Oreca 03 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 D 48   Rodolfo González 1–2, 4
  Karun Chandhok 1–2
  Alex Kapadia 1
  Nathanaël Berthon 2, 4
  Pipo Derani 4–5
  James Littlejohn 5
  Anthony Wells 5
  Larbre Compétition Morgan LMP2 Judd HK 3.6 L V8 M 50   Keiko Ihara 1
  Gustavo Yacamán 1

LM GTEEdit

Entrant/Team Car Engine Tyre No. Drivers Rounds
  AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia Ferrari 4.5 L V8 M 54   Marco Cioci All
  Michael Lyons All
  Piergiuseppe Perazzini All
55   Duncan Cameron All
  Matt Griffin All
  Michele Rugolo 1, 3–5
  Mirko Venturi 2
65   Lorenzo Casè 2
  Raffaele Giammaria 2
  Peter Mann 2
70   Emmanuel Collard 3–5
  Yannick Mallegol 3–5
  François Perrodo 3–5
  AT Racing Ferrari F458 Italia Ferrari 4.5 L V8 M 56   Pierre Kaffer All
  Alexander Talkanitsa, Sr. All
  Alexander Talkanitsa, Jr. 1–3, 5
  Mirko Venturi 4
  Team Sofrev ASP Ferrari F458 Italia Ferrari 4.5 L V8 M 58   Soheil Ayari All
  Fabien Barthez All
  Anthony Pons All
  JMW Motorsport Ferrari F458 Italia Ferrari 4.5 L V8 M 66   Daniel McKenzie All
  George Richardson All
  Daniel Zampieri 1–2, 5
  Rob Bell 3
  James Walker 4
  IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 M 67   Éric Hélary All
  Erik Maris All
  Jean-Marc Merlin All
76   Nicolas Armindo All
  Raymond Narac All
  David Hallyday 1–2
  Christina Nielsen 3–5
  SMP Racing Ferrari F458 Italia Ferrari 4.5 L V8 M 72   Andrea Bertolini All
  Viktor Shaytar All
  Sergey Zlobin All
  Proton Competition Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 M 77   Horst Felbermayr, Jr. 3
  Horst Felbermayr, Sr. 3
  Richard Lietz 3
  Kessel Racing Ferrari F458 Italia Ferrari 4.5 L V8 M 80   Michał Broniszewski 1–2, 4–5
  Giacomo Piccini 1–2, 4–5
81   Matteo Cressoni 1–4
  Thomas Kemenater 1–4
  Crubilé Sport Porsche 997 GT3 RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 M 82   Emmanuel Collard 1–2
  Sébastien Crubilé 1–2
  François Perrodo 1–2
  Gulf Racing UK Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE Aston Martin 4.5 L V8 M 85   Daniel Brown All
  Roald Goethe All
  Stuart Hall All
Porsche 911 GT3 RSR[N 3]
Porsche 911 RSR[N 4]
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 86   Adam Carroll All
  Michael Wainwright All
  Ben Barker 1–2, 4–5
  Michael Meadows 3

GTCEdit

Entrant/Team Car Engine Tyre No. Drivers Rounds
  Sébastien Loeb Racing Audi R8 LMS ultra Audi 5.2 L V10 M 51   Henry Hassid 1
  Olivier Lombard 1
  Mike Parisy 1
  SMP Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 M 57   Maurizio Mediani 2–5
  Boris Rotenberg 2–5
  Mika Salo 2–5
71   Aleksey Basov All
  Kirill Ladygin All
  Luca Persiani All
73   Olivier Beretta All
  Anton Ladygin All
  Devi Markozov All
  Team Sofrev ASP Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 M 59   Jean-Philippe Belloc All
  Christophe Bourret All
  Pascal Gibon 1–2, 4–5
  Jean-Luc Beaubelique 3
  Formula Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 M 60   Johnny Laursen All
  Mikkel Mac All
  Jan Magnussen 1, 3–5
  Andrea Piccini 2
  AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 M 62   Jean-Marc Bachelier 1–2
  Howard Blank 1–2
  Yannick Mallegol 1–2
63   Mads Rasmussen All
  Dennis Lind 1
  Ilya Melnikov 2–3
  Filipe Barreiros 4–5
  Francisco Guedes 5
94   Francesco Castellacci 2, 4
  Thomas Flohr 2, 4
  Andrea Rizzoli 4
95   Adrien De Leener All
  Cédric Sbirrazzuoli All
  Prospeed Competition Porsche 911 GT3-R Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 M 75   Gilles Vannelet All
  Maxime Soulet 1–2, 5
  Paul van Splunteren 1–2
  Max van Splunteren 3–5
  Mike Parisy 3–4
  Team Russia by Barwell BMW Z4 GT3 BMW 4.4 L V8 M 78   Jonny Cocker All
  Leo Machitski All
  Timur Sardarov All
  BMW Sport Trophy Marc VDS BMW Z4 GT3 BMW 4.4 L V8 M 87   Henry Hassid 5
  Bas Leinders 5
  Markus Palttala 5
  Ombra Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 M 92   Mario Cordoni 4–5
  Andrea Montermini 5
  Marco Zanuttini 4–5
  Pro GT by Almeras Porsche 997 GT3-R Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 M 93   Franck Perera 1–4
  Eric Dermont 1–2, 4
  Lucas Lasserre 1–2, 4
  Henry Hassid 3
  Matthieu Vaxivière 3
  Team Ukraine Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 M 96   Sergey Chukanov 1
  Andrii Kruglyk 1
  Alessandro Pier Guidi 1
  ART Grand Prix McLaren MP4-12C GT3 McLaren 3.8 L Turbo V8 M 98   Grégoire Demoustier All
  Yann Goudy All
  Kevin Korjus All
99   Karim Ajlani All
  Alex Brundle All
  Ricardo González All

Season resultsEdit

Rnd. Circuit LMP2 Winning Team LMGTE Winning Team GTC Winning Team Results
LMP2 Winning Drivers LMGTE Winning Drivers GTC Winning Drivers
1 Silverstone   No. 46 Thiriet by TDS Racing   No. 55 AF Corse   No. 96 Team Ukraine Report
  Ludovic Badey
  Tristan Gommendy
  Pierre Thiriet
  Duncan Cameron
  Matt Griffin
  Michele Rugolo
  Sergey Chukanov
  Andrii Kruglyk
  Alessandro Pier Guidi
2 Imola   No. 38 Jota Sport   No. 72 SMP Racing   No. 60 Formula Racing Report
  Filipe Albuquerque
  Simon Dolan
  Harry Tincknell
  Andrea Bertolini
  Viktor Shaytar
  Sergey Zlobin
  Johnny Laursen
  Mikkel Mac
  Andrea Piccini
3 Red Bull   No. 36 Signatech Alpine   No. 55 AF Corse   No. 71 SMP Racing Report
  Paul-Loup Chatin
  Nelson Panciatici
  Oliver Webb
  Duncan Cameron
  Matt Griffin
  Michele Rugolo
  Aleksey Basov
  Kirill Ladygin
  Luca Persiani
4 Paul Ricard   No. 43 Newblood by Morand Racing   No. 55 AF Corse   No. 73 SMP Racing Report
  Gary Hirsch
  Christian Klien
  Pierre Ragues
  Duncan Cameron
  Matt Griffin
  Michele Rugolo
  Olivier Beretta
  Anton Ladygin
  Devi Markozov
5 Estoril   No. 24 Sébastien Loeb Racing   No. 72 SMP Racing   No. 87 BMW Sport Trophy Marc VDS Report
  Vincent Capillaire
  Jimmy Eriksson
  Andrea Bertolini
  Viktor Shaytar
  Sergey Zlobin
  Henry Hassid
  Bas Leinders
  Markus Palttala

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Rounds 1–2.
  2. ^ Rounds 3–5.
  3. ^ Rounds 1–3.
  4. ^ Rounds 4–5.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Changes of the European Le Mans Series in 2014". European Le Mans Series. 5 November 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-12-27. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  2. ^ Dagys, John (5 November 2013). "Revised 2014 ELMS Schedule Released". Sportscar365. Retrieved 4 October 2014.

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