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2017 European Le Mans Series

2017 European Le Mans Series
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G-Drive Racing No. 22 Oreca 07, Winner of the 2017 European Le Mans Series

The 2017 European Le Mans Series season was the thirteenth season of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest's (ACO) European Le Mans Series. The six-event season began at Silverstone Circuit, in conjunction with the FIA World Endurance Championship, on 15 April and ended at Algarve International Circuit on 22 October.[1]

RegulationsEdit

The 2017 season sees new regulations regarding the LMP2 class introduced.[2] Teams are able to choose from four different chassis constructors: Dallara, Onroak Automotive (Ligier), Oreca and a joint-venture between Riley Technologies/Multimatic. Gibson Technology is the exclusive engine supplier for the class, with all cars equipped with a 4.2-litre, normally-aspirated V8 engine, producing approximately 600hp. Cosworth Electronics is also the exclusive electronics supplier.

The aim of the new regulations is to ensure long-term success for the category with a reduction in costs and the guarantee of stable regulations.[2]

Provisional calendarEdit

The provisional 2017 calendar was announced at 23 September 2016. The calendar comprises six events, featuring the same four circuits that hosted events in 2016 and for the first time since 2008 and 2010 it included events at Monza and Algarve respectively, which are stand-alone events. For the fifth consecutive season, Silverstone hosts the opening rounds of both the European Le Mans Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship. While other rounds are collaboration with 2017 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0.[1]

Rnd Race Circuit Location Date
1 4 Hours of Silverstone   Silverstone Circuit Silverstone, United Kingdom 15 April
2 4 Hours of Monza   Autodromo Nazionale Monza Monza, Italy 14 May
3 4 Hours of Red Bull Ring   Red Bull Ring Spielberg, Austria 23 July
4 4 Hours of Le Castellet   Circuit Paul Ricard Le Castellet, France 27 August
5 4 Hours of Spa   Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Spa, Belgium 24 September
6 4 Hours of Algarve   Algarve International Circuit Portimão, Portugal 22 October

Entry listEdit

The provisional entry list was announced on 2 February 2017.[3]

LMP2Edit

In accordance with the new LMP2 regulations for 2017, all cars utilise the Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 engine.

Entrant/Team Chassis Tyre No. Drivers Rounds
  DragonSpeed[4] Oreca 07 D 21   Ben Hanley[4] All
  Henrik Hedman[4] All
  Nicolas Lapierre[4] All
  G-Drive Racing[4] Oreca 07 D 22   Memo Rojas[4] All
  Léo Roussel[4] All
  Ryo Hirakawa[4] 1–2, 5–6
  Nicolas Minassian[5] 3–4
  Panis Barthez Competition[6] Ligier JS P217 M 23   Fabien Barthez[6] All
  Timothé Buret[6] All
  Nathanaël Berthon[6] 1, 3–6
  Algarve Pro Racing[7] Ligier JS P217 D 25   Matt McMurry[7] All
  Andrea Pizzitola[7] All
  Andrea Roda[7] All
  SMP Racing[8] Dallara P217 D 27   Matevos Isaakyan[8] 3–6
  Egor Orudzhev[8] 3–6
  IDEC Sport Racing[9] Ligier JS P217 M 28   Patrice Lafargue[9] All
  Paul Lafargue[9] All
  David Zollinger[10] 1
  Olivier Pla[11] 2–4
  Paul-Loup Chatin[12] 5–6
  Racing Team Nederland[13] Dallara P217 D 29   Frits van Eerd[13] All
  Jan Lammers[13] All
  United Autosports[14] Ligier JS P217 D 32   Filipe Albuquerque[14] All
  William Owen[14] All
  Hugo de Sadeleer[14] All
  Tockwith Motorsports[15] Ligier JS P217 D 34   Philip Hanson[15] 1–3
  Nigel Moore[15] 1–3
  Graff[16] Oreca 07 D 39   Enzo Guibbert[16] All
  Paul Petit[16] All
  Eric Trouillet[16] 1–4
  Jonathan Hirschi[12] 5
  Ricardo Sánchez[17] 6
40   James Allen[16] All
  Richard Bradley[10] All
  Franck Matelli[16] 1–2
  Gustavo Yacamán[5] 3–6
  Cetilar Villorba Corse[18] Dallara P217 D 47   Andrea Belicchi[18] All
  Roberto Lacorte[18] All
  Giorgio Sernagiotto[18] All
  High Class Racing Dallara P217 D 49   Dennis Andersen[3] All
  Anders Fjordbach[10] All

LMP3Edit

All cars utilise the Nissan VK50VE 5.0 L V8 engine and Michelin tyres.

Entrant/Team Chassis No. Drivers Rounds
  United Autosports[19] Ligier JS P3 2   John Falb[19] All
  Sean Rayhall[19] All
3   Wayne Boyd[19] All
  Christian England[19] All
  Mark Patterson[19] All
  Cool Racing by GPC Ligier JS P3 4   Iradj Alexander[10] All
  Gino Forgione[10] 1–2
  Alexandre Coigny[11] 2–6
  By Speed Factory[20] Ligier JS P3 5   Jürgen Krebs[20] All
  Tim Müller[20] All
  Tristan Viidas[10] 1–3
  Timur Boguslavskiy[17] 6
  Giorgio Maggi[21] 6
  360 Racing Ligier JS P3 6   Ross Kaiser[10] All
  Anthony Wells[10] All
  Terrence Woodward[3] All
  Duqueine Engineering Ligier JS P3 1–2
Norma M30[5] 3–6
7   Antonin Borga[3] All
  David Droux[10] All
  Nicolas Schatz[10] All
Ligier JS P3 1–3
Norma M30 4–6
8   Vincent Beltoise[10] All
  Henry Hassid[10] 1–2
  Lucas Légeret[11] 2–6
  Douglas Lundberg[5] 3
  Nicolas Melin[22] 4–6
  AT Racing Ligier JS P3 9   Alexander Talkanitsa, Jr.[3] All
  Alexander Talkanitsa, Sr.[3] All
  Mikkel Jensen[10] 1, 3–6
  Maurizio Mediani[11] 2
  Oregon Team[23] Norma M30 10   Dario Capitanio[10] All
  Andrés Méndez[23] All
  Davide Roda[23] All
  Eurointernational Ligier JS P3 11   Giorgio Mondini[3] All
  Davide Uboldi[10] 1–3
  Marco Jacoboni[12][24] 4–5
  Andrea Dromedari[17] 6
12   Andrea Dromedari[3] 1–5
  Max Hanratty[10] 1–2, 4–6
  Maxime Pialat[10] 1–2
  Ricky Capo[5] 3–6
  James Dayson[5] 3, 6
  Inter Europol Competition Ligier JS P3 13   Martin Hippe[10] All
  Jakub Smiechowski[3] All
  RLR Msport[25] Ligier JS P3 15   Morten Dons[10] All
  John Farano[25] All
  Alex Kapadia[25] All
  Panis Barthez Competition[6] Ligier JS P3 16   Theo Bean[6] All
  Eric Debard[6] All
  Simon Gachet[6] All
  Ultimate Ligier JS P3 17   François Hériau[10] All
  Jean-Baptiste Lahaye[10] All
  Matthieu Lahaye[3] All
  M.Racing - YMR[26] Ligier JS P3 18   Alexandre Cougnaud[26] All
  Antoine Jung[26] All
  Romano Ricci[10] All
Norma M30 19   Erwin Creed[10] 1–4, 6
  Ricky Capo[10] 1–2
  Yann Ehrlacher[3] 1, 3–6
  Neale Muston[12] 5

LMGTEEdit

All teams will use Dunlop tyres.

Entrant/Team Car Engine No. Drivers Rounds
  Larbre Compétition Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Chevrolet LT5.5 5.5 L V8 50   Romain Brandela[11] 2
  Christian Philippon[11] 2
  Fernando Rees[17] 2
  Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE Ferrari F154CB 3.9 L Turbo V8 51   Andrea Bertolini[27] All
  Gianluca Roda[3] 1–4, 6
  Giorgio Roda[27] All
  Rino Mastronardi[28] 5
55   Duncan Cameron[3] All
  Matt Griffin[27] All
  Aaron Scott[27] All
  JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 1–2
Ferrari 488 GTE[5] 3–6
Ferrari 4.5 L V8 1–2
F154CB 3.9L Turbo V8 3–6
66   Jody Fannin[10] All
  Robert Smith[3] All
  Rory Butcher[10] 1
  Jonny Cocker[11] 2–4
  Will Stevens[12] 5–6
  Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR (2016) Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 77   Matteo Cairoli[29] All
  Joël Camathias[29] All
  Christian Ried[3] All
  TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GTE Aston Martin 4.5 L V8 90   Euan Hankey[30] All
  Nicki Thiim[30] All
  Salih Yoluc[3] All
  Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage GTE Aston Martin 4.5 L V8 99   Andrew Howard[3] All
  Darren Turner[31] All
  Ross Gunn[31] 1–5
  Immanuel Vinke[17] 6

Results and standingsEdit

Race resultsEdit

Bold indicates overall winner.

Rnd. Circuit LMP2 Winning Team LMP3 Winning Team GTE Winning Team Results
LMP2 Winning Drivers LMP3 Winning Drivers GTE Winning Drivers
1 Silverstone   No. 32 United Autosports   No. 2 United Autosports   No. 90 TF Sport Report[32]
  Filipe Albuquerque
  William Owen
  Hugo de Sadeleer
  John Falb
  Sean Rayhall
  Euan Hankey
  Nicki Thiim
  Salih Yoluc
2 Monza   No. 22 G-Drive Racing   No. 19 M.Racing - YMR   No. 66 JMW Motorsport Report
  Ryo Hirakawa
  Memo Rojas
  Léo Roussel
  Ricky Capo
  Erwin Creed
  Jonny Cocker
  Jody Fannin
  Robert Smith
3 Red Bull Ring   No. 32 United Autosports   No. 11 Eurointernational   No. 55 Spirit of Race Report
  Filipe Albuquerque
  William Owen
  Hugo de Sadeleer
  Giorgio Mondini
  Davide Uboldi
  Duncan Cameron
  Matt Griffin
  Aaron Scott
4 Paul Ricard   No. 27 SMP Racing   No. 2 United Autosports   No. 55 Spirit of Race Report
  Matevos Isaakyan
  Egor Orudzhev
  John Falb
  Sean Rayhall
  Duncan Cameron
  Matt Griffin
  Aaron Scott
5 Spa-Francorchamps   No. 40 Graff   No. 9 AT Racing   No. 51 Spirit of Race Report
  James Allen
  Richard Bradley
  Gustavo Yacamán
  Mikkel Jensen
  Alexander Talkanitsa, Jr.
  Alexander Talkanitsa, Sr.
  Andrea Bertolini
  Giorgio Roda
  Rino Mastronardi
6 Portimão   No. 40 Graff   No. 3 United Autosports   No. 77 Proton Competition Report
  James Allen
  Richard Bradley
  Gustavo Yacamán
  Wayne Boyd
  Christian England
  Mark Patterson
  Matteo Cairoli
  Joël Camathias
  Christian Ried

To be classified a car will have to cross the finish line on the race track when the chequered flag is shown, except in a case of force majeure at the Stewards’ discretion and have covered at least 70% (the official number of laps will be rounded down to the nearest whole number) of the distance covered by the car classified in first place in the overall classification.[33]

Team ChampionshipsEdit

LMP2 Teams ChampionshipEdit

 
United Autosports Ligier JS P217.
 
G-Drive Racing Oreca 07.
 
Racing Team Nederland Dallara P127.
Pos. Team Car SIL
 
MNZ
 
RBR
 
LEC
 
SPA
 
POR
 
Total
1   No. 22 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 2 1 2 2 2 4 110
2   No. 32 United Autosports Ligier JS P217 1 6 1 5 4 2 98
3   No. 40 Graff Oreca 07 4 8 4 6 1 1 86
4   No. 27 SMP Racing Dallara P217 6 1 3 3 63
5   No. 39 Graff Oreca 07 7 4 3 3 6 NC 57
6   No. 49 High Class Racing Dallara P217 3 3 8 9 8 7 46
7   No. 23 Panis Barthez Competition Ligier JS P217 9 7 5 4 9 6 41
8   No. 21 DragonSpeed Oreca 07 10 2 NC 7 5 10 39
9   No. 47 Cetilar Villorba Corse Dallara P217 6 5 NC 10 7 5 35
10   No. 34 Tockwith Motorsports Ligier JS P217 5 11 9 12.5
11   No. 29 Racing Team Nederland Dallara P217 11 10 7 12 11 8 12.5
12   No. 28 IDEC Sport Racing Ligier JS P217 8 9 Ret 11 10 9 8.5
13   No. 25 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JS P217 Ret NC NC 8 Ret 11 4.5
Key
Colour Result
Gold Race winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
Excluded (EX)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did Not Participate

Bold – Pole

LMP3 Teams ChampionshipEdit

 
No.17 Ultimate Ligier JS P3
 
No. 7 Duqueine Engineering Norma M30
Pos. Team Car SIL
 
MNZ
 
RBR
 
LEC
 
SPA
 
POR
 
Total
1   No. 2 United Autosports Ligier JS P3 1 9 2 1 3 2 103
2   No. 18 M.Racing - YMR Ligier JS P3 5 2 3 3 6 3 81
3   No. 3 United Autosports Ligier JS P3 3 4 Ret Ret 5 1 63
4   No. 17 Ultimate Ligier JS P3 2 3 4 6 8 8 61
5   No. 13 Inter Europol Competition Ligier JS P3 6 6 5 2 4 Ret 56
6   No. 9 AT Racing Ligier JS P3 4 Ret 6 Ret 1 7 54
7   No. 11 Eurointernational Ligier JS P3 Ret 5 1 4 Ret 9 49
8   No. 7 Duqueine Engineering Ligier JS P3 11 8 37.5
Norma M30 9 Ret 2 4
9   No. 6 360 Racing Ligier JS P3 7 7 Ret NC 7 5 29
10   No. 19 M.Racing - YMR Norma M30 10 1 Ret NC Ret Ret 26
11   No. 15 RLR Motorsport Ligier JS P3 8 10 8 7 9 6 25
12   No. 16 Panis Barthez Competition Ligier JS P3 9 11 Ret 5 Ret Ret 12.5
13   No. 10 Oregon Team Norma M30 13 15 7 NC 10 Ret 8
14   No. 12 Eurointernational Ligier JS P3 12 12 Ret 8 11 Ret 5.5
15   No. 5 By Speed Factory Ligier JS P3 15 16 10 9 Ret 12 4.5
16   No. 4 Cool Racing by GPC Ligier JS P3 14 14 NC 10 12 11 3
17   No. 8 Duqueine Engineering Ligier JS P3 Ret 13 2.5
Norma M30 11 NC 13 10
Key
Colour Result
Gold Race winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
Excluded (EX)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did Not Participate

Bold – Pole

LMGTE Teams ChampionshipEdit

 
The TF Sport Aston Martin in the pitbox before the 2017 4 Hours of Spa.
 
The JMW Motorsport Ferrari in the pitbox before the 2017 4 Hours of Spa.
Pos. Team Car SIL
 
MNZ
 
RBR
 
LEC
 
SPA
 
POR
 
Total
1   No. 66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 5 1 104
Ferrari 488 GTE 2 3 2 2
2   No. 90 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GTE 1 2 3 2 5 3 102
3   No. 77 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR (2016) 2 5 5 6 6 1 80
4   No. 55 Spirit Of Race Ferrari 488 GTE 4 Ret 1 1 4 Ret 77
5   No. 99 Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage GTE 3 3 6 5 3 4 75
6   No. 51 Spirit Of Race Ferrari 488 GTE 6 4 4 4 1 Ret 70
7   No. 50 Larbre Compétition Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 6 8
Key
Colour Result
Gold Race winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
Excluded (EX)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did Not Participate

Bold – Pole

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