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The 2018 European Le Mans Series was the fourteenth season of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest's (ACO) European Le Mans Series. The six-event season began at Circuit Paul Ricard on 15 April and finished at Algarve International Circuit on 28 October.[1] The series is open to Le Mans Prototypes, divided into the LMP2 and LMP3 classes, and grand tourer-style racing cars in the LMGTE class.[2]

Contents

CalendarEdit

The provisional 2018 calendar was announced on 23 September 2017. The calendar comprises six events, featuring the same six circuits that hosted events in the 2017 season. The rounds at Silverstone and Paul Ricard swapped their places in the calendar, with the French circuit hosting the opening round and Silverstone moving to an August date, once again in conjunction with the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The official pre-season test also returned to Paul Ricard after a one-year absence, having taken place at Autodromo Nazionale Monza in 2017.[1]

Rnd Race Circuit Location Date
1 4 Hours of Le Castellet   Circuit Paul Ricard Le Castellet, France 15 April
2 4 Hours of Monza   Autodromo Nazionale Monza Monza, Italy 13 May
3 4 Hours of Red Bull Ring   Red Bull Ring Spielberg, Austria 22 July
4 4 Hours of Silverstone   Silverstone Circuit Silverstone, United Kingdom 18 August
5 4 Hours of Spa   Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Spa, Belgium 23 September
6 4 Hours of Portimão   Algarve International Circuit Portimão, Portugal 28 October

EntriesEdit

LMP2Edit

In accordance with the 2017 LMP2 regulations, all cars in the LMP2 class use the Gibson GK428 V8 engine.[3]

Entrant/Team Chassis Tyre No. Drivers Rounds
  DragonSpeed[4] Oreca 07 M 21   Ben Hanley[4] All
  Henrik Hedman[4] All
  Nicolas Lapierre[4] All
  United Autosports[5] Ligier JS P217 D
M[N 1]
22   Philip Hanson[5] All
  Bruno Senna[7] 1
  Filipe Albuquerque[8] 2–6
32   Wayne Boyd[9] All
  William Owen[10] All
  Hugo de Sadeleer[11] All
  Panis Barthez Competition[12] Ligier JS P217 M 23   Timothé Buret[12] All
  Julien Canal[13] All
  Will Stevens[13] All
  Racing Engineering[12] Oreca 07 D 24   Norman Nato[12] All
  Paul Petit[14] All
  Olivier Pla[14] 1–3, 5–6
  Matthieu Vaxivière[15] 4
  Algarve Pro Racing[16][N 2]
APR - Rebellion Racing[17][N 2]
Ligier JS P217 D 25   Tacksung Kim[18] All
  Mark Patterson[12] All
  Ate De Jong[12] 1–4
  Matt McMurry[19] 5–6
Oreca 07 D 31   Ryan Cullen[20] All
  Gustavo Menezes[21] All
  Harrison Newey[17] All
  G-Drive Racing[22][N 3]
  TDS Racing[7][N 3]
Oreca 07 D 26   Andrea Pizzitola[23] All
  Roman Rusinov[12] All
  Alexandre Imperatori[23] 1
  Jean-Éric Vergne[12] 2–6
33   Loïc Duval[7] 1–3
  François Perrodo[7] 1–3
  Matthieu Vaxivière[7] 1–3
  IDEC Sport[24][25] Ligier JS P217 M 27   Patrice Lafargue[12] 1–3, 5
  Erik Maris[7] 1–3, 5
  William Cavailhes[7] 1–2
  Nicolas Minassian[26] 3
  Aurélien Panis[6] 5
Oreca 07 28   Paul-Loup Chatin[25] All
  Paul Lafargue[25] 1–4
  Memo Rojas[27] All
  Gabriel Aubry 5–6
  Duqueine Engineering[28] Oreca 07 M 29   Nico Jamin[29] All
  Nelson Panciatici[29] All
  Pierre Ragues[29] All
  AVF by Adrián Vallés[30] Dallara P217 D 30   Henrique Chaves[31] All
  Konstantin Tereshchenko[32] All
  SMP Racing[12] Dallara P217 D 35   Matevos Isaakyan[7] 1–4
  Egor Orudzhev[7] 1–3
  Viktor Shaytar[12] 1–4
  Signatech Alpine Matmut[7] Alpine A470 D 36   André Negrão[7] 1
  Pierre Thiriet[7] 1
  Graff[12][N 4]
  G-Drive Racing[22][N 4]
Oreca 07 D 39   Alexandre Cougnaud[12] All
  Tristan Gommendy[12] All
  Jonathan Hirschi[12] All
40   James Allen[12] All
  José Gutiérrez[12] 1–4
  Enzo Guibbert[12] 1–2
  Garry Findlay[15] 4
  Henning Enqvist[6] 5–6
  Julien Falchero[6] 5–6
  Cetilar Villorba Corse[33] Dallara P217 D 47   Roberto Lacorte[33] All
  Giorgio Sernagiotto[33] All
  Andrea Belicchi[33] 1
  Felipe Nasr[34] 2–6
  High Class Racing[35] Dallara P217 D 49   Dennis Andersen[35] All
  Anders Fjordbach[35] All

LMP3Edit

All cars in the LMP3 class use the Nissan VK50VE 5.0 L V8 engine and Michelin tyres.[12]

Entrant/Team Chassis No. Drivers Rounds
  United Autosports[36] Ligier JS P3 2   John Falb[36] All
  Sean Rayhall[36] 1–4
  Scott Andrews[19] 5–6
3   Matthew Bell[12] All
  Garett Grist[37] All
  Anthony Wells[12] All
  Cool Racing[12] Ligier JS P3 4   Iradj Alexander[12] 1–4, 6
  Antonin Borga[23] 1–3, 5–6
  Alexandre Coigny[12] 1–3, 5–6
  Lucas Borga[15] 4
  Christian Vaglio[15] 4
  NEFIS By Speed Factory[12] Ligier JS P3 5   Timur Boguslavskiy[12] All
  Aleksey Chuklin[12] All
  Daniil Pronenko[12] All
  360 Racing[12] Ligier JS P3 6   Ross Kaiser[12] All
  James Swift[12] 1–5
  Terrence Woodward[12] 1–2, 4–6
  Ecurie Ecosse/Nielsen[38] Ligier JS P3 7   Alex Kapadia[38] All
  Colin Noble[38] All
  Christian Stubbe Olsen[38] All
  DKR Engineering[12] Norma M30 8   Jean Glorieux[12] 1–2
  Alexander Toril[12] 1–2
  Miguel Toril[7] 1–2
  Henning Enqvist[39] 3
  Fabien Lavergne[39] 3
  Ricardo Sanchez[39] 3
  Marvin Klein[6] 5–6
  Christian Vaglio[6] 5–6
  Nicolas Maulini 6
  AT Racing[12] Ligier JS P3 9   Alexander Talkanitsa, Jr.[12] All
  Alexander Talkanitsa, Sr.[12] All
  Yann Clairay[23] 1, 4–5
  Mikkel Jensen[8] 2–3, 6
  Oregon Team[12] Norma M30 10   Clément Mateu[40] All
  Andrés Méndez[12] All
  Riccardo Ponzio[40] All
  Eurointernational[12] Ligier JS P3 11   Giorgio Mondini[7] All
  Kay Van Berlo[12] All
  Mattia Drudi[6] 5
12   Andrea Dromedari[12] 1–5
  Max Hanratty[12] 1–3
  James Dayson[7] 1, 3, 5–6
  Mark Kvamme[8] 2
  Mattia Drudi[15] 4
  Vadim Meshcheriakov 6
  Luca Demarchi 6
  Inter Europol Competition[12] Ligier JS P3 13   Martin Hippe[12] All
  Jakub Smiechowski[12] All
14   Luca Demarchi[7] 1–5
  Paul Scheuschner[12] All
  Henning Enqvist[23] 1
  Hendrik Still[8] 2, 4
  Guglielmo Belotti[39] 3
  Moritz Müller-Crepon[6] 5–6
  RLR Msport[41] Ligier JS P3 15   John Farano[41] All
  Rob Garofall[41] All
  Job van Uitert[41] All
  BHK Motorsport[12] Ligier JS P3 16   Jacopo Baratto[12] All
  Francesco Dracone[12] All
  Ultimate[12] Norma M30 17   François Hériau[12] All
  Jean-Baptiste Lahaye[12] All
  Matthieu Lahaye[12] All
  M.Racing - YMR[12] Ligier JS P3 18   Natan Bihel[12] All
  Laurent Millara[12] All
Norma M30 19   David Droux[42] All
  Lucas Légeret[42] All
  Nicolas Ferrer[12] 1–2
  Alain Ferté[39] 3
  Romano Ricci[15] 4–5
  Michael Benham 6
  Racing For Poland[8] Ligier JS P3 20   Tomasz Blicharski[8] 2
  Henning Enqvist[8] 2
  Alex Fontana[8] 2
  Team Virage[15] Ligier JS P3 34   Henning Enqvist[15] 4
  Jean-Marc Littman[43] 4
  Jacob Rattenbury[15] 4

LMGTEEdit

All cars in the LMGTE class use Dunlop tyres.[12]

Entrant/Team Chassis Engine No. Drivers Rounds
  Spirit of Race[44][N 5]
  Krohn Racing[44][N 5]
Ferrari 488 GTE Ferrari F154CB 3.9 L Turbo V8 54   Francesco Castellacci[7] 1
  Thomas Flöhr[7] 1
55   Duncan Cameron[44] All
  Matt Griffin[44] All
  Aaron Scott[44] All
83   Andrea Bertolini[44] All
  Niclas Jönsson[44] All
  Tracy Krohn[44] All
  JMW Motorsport[12] Ferrari 488 GTE Ferrari F154CB 3.9 L Turbo V8 66   Liam Griffin[12] All
  Alex MacDowall[7] All
  Miguel Molina[7] All
  Proton Competition[7] Porsche 911 RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 77   Marvin Dienst[23] All
  Christian Ried[7] All
  Dennis Olsen[7] 1, 3–6
  Marc Lieb[8] 2
88   Gianluca Roda[7] All
  Giorgio Roda[7] All
  Matteo Cairoli[7] 1, 3–6
  Gianmaria Bruni[8] 2
  EbiMotors[45] Porsche 911 RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 80   Fabio Babini[45] All
  Riccardo Pera[46] All
  Raymond Narac[7] 1–2
  Bret Curtis[39] 3–6
  Gulf Racing UK[7] Porsche 911 RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 86   Ben Barker[7] 1, 4
  Alex Davison[7] 1, 4
  Michael Wainwright[7] 1, 4

Results and StandingsEdit

Bold indicates overall winner.

Rnd. Circuit LMP2 Winning Team LMP3 Winning Team LMGTE Winning Team Results
LMP2 Winning Drivers LMP3 Winning Drivers LMGTE Winning Drivers
1 Le Castellet   No. 24 Racing Engineering   No. 15 RLR Msport   No. 66 JMW Motorsport Report
  Norman Nato
  Paul Petit
  Olivier Pla
  John Farano
  Rob Garofall
  Job van Uitert
  Liam Griffin
  Alex MacDowall
  Miguel Molina
2 Monza   No. 26 G-Drive Racing   No. 11 EuroInternational   No. 55 Spirit of Race Report
  Andrea Pizzitola
  Roman Rusinov
  Jean-Éric Vergne
  Giorgio Mondini
  Kay Van Berlo
  Duncan Cameron
  Matt Griffin
  Aaron Scott
3 Red Bull Ring   No. 26 G-Drive Racing   No. 15 RLR Msport   No. 88 Proton Competition Report
  Andrea Pizzitola
  Roman Rusinov
  Jean-Éric Vergne
  John Farano
  Rob Garofall
  Job van Uitert
  Matteo Cairoli
  Gianluca Roda
  Giorgio Roda
4 Silverstone   No. 26 G-Drive Racing   No. 3 United Autosports   No. 66 JMW Motorsport Report
  Andrea Pizzitola
  Roman Rusinov
  Jean-Éric Vergne
  Matthew Bell
  Garett Grist
  Anthony Wells
  Liam Griffin
  Alex MacDowall
  Miguel Molina
5 Spa-Francorchamps   No. 22 United Autosports   No. 2 United Autosports   No. 80 EbiMotors Report
  Filipe Albuquerque
  Philip Hanson
  Scott Andrews
  John Falb
  Fabio Babini
  Bret Curtis
  Riccardo Pera
6 Portimão   No. 22 United Autosports   No. 13 Inter Europol Competition   No. 77 Proton Competition Report
  Filipe Albuquerque
  Philip Hanson
  Martin Hippe
  Jakub Smiechowski
  Marvin Dienst
  Dennis Olsen
  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.[47]

Teams ChampionshipsEdit

Points are awarded according to the following structure:

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th  Other  Pole 
Points 25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1 0.5 1

LMP2 Teams ChampionshipEdit

Pos. Team Car LEC
 
MNZ
 
RBR
 
SIL
 
SPA[N 6]
 
POR
 
Total
1   #26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 4 1 1 1 12 4 100.25
2   #24 Racing Engineering Oreca 07 1 5 2 Ret 7 5 66
3   #28 IDEC Sport Oreca 07 7 3 4 3 4 6 64
4   #22 United Autosports Ligier JS P217 12 10 3 Ret 1 1 54
5   #21 DragonSpeed Oreca 07 Ret 4 5 2 2 13 50.5
6   #23 Panis Barthez Competition Ligier JS P217 8 7 10 6 3 2 45.5
7   #33 TDS Racing Oreca 07 2 2 9 38
8   #29 Duqueine Engineering Oreca 07 3 6 DSQ 7 5 Ret 34
9   #31 APR - Rebellion Racing Oreca 07 15 8 6 5 15 12 23.25
10   #32 United Autosports Ligier JS P217 9 11 15 10 6 3 23
11   #39 Graff Oreca 07 10 Ret 8 4 8 8 23
12   #40 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 6 Ret 13 12 11 7 15.25
13   #36 Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine A470 5 10
14   #35 SMP Racing Dallara P217 NC Ret 7 Ret 6
15   #30 AVF by Adrián Vallés Dallara P217 11 Ret 14 8 9 Ret 6
16   #49 High Class Racing Dallara P217 13 14 12 9 Ret 9 5.5
17   #47 Cetilar Villorba Corse Dallara P217 14 9 11 13 10 11 4.5
18   #25 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JS P217 16 13 17 11 13 10 3.25
19   #27 IDEC Sport Ligier JS P217 Ret 12 16 14 1.25
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
Italics – Fastest Lap

LMP3 Teams ChampionshipEdit

Pos. Team Car LEC
 
MNZ
 
RBR
 
SIL
 
SPA[N 6]
 
POR
 
Total
1   #15 RLR Msport Ligier JS P3 1 11 1 6 2 5 77.5
2   #13 Inter Europol Competition Ligier JS P3 6 4 3 5 12 1 70.25
3   #3 United Autosports Ligier JS P3 7 3 12 1 4 7 58.5
4   #7 Ecurie Ecosse/Nielsen Ligier JS P3 9 10 2 2 9 2 58
5   #6 360 Racing Ligier JS P3 4 2 8 4 3 16 54
6   #2 United Autosports Ligier JS P3 5 5 Ret 7 1 3 53.5
7   #11 EuroInternational Ligier JS P3 3 1 7 16 13 Ret 46.75
8   #17 Ultimate Norma M30 Ret 7 4 3 Ret 12 36.5
9   #5 NEFIS By Speed Factory Ligier JS P3 16 6 6 Ret 10 4 29
10   #19 M.Racing - YMR Norma M30 2 13 Ret 8 8 10 27.5
11   #9 AT Racing Ligier JS P3 8 Ret 5 9 Ret 6 24
12   #10 Oregon Team Norma M30 11 8 16 14 7 15 9
13   #4 Cool Racing Ligier JS P3 10 9 10 11 6 13 9
14   #18 M.Racing - YMR Ligier JS P3 13 Ret 9 Ret 5 17 8
15   #14 Inter Europol Competition Ligier JS P3 12 15 11 13 15 8 6.25
16   #12 EuroInternational Ligier JS P3 14 DNS 13 10 14 14 3.75
17   #8 DKR Engineering Norma M30 Ret Ret 14 11 9 2.75
18   #16 BHK Motorsport Ligier JS P3 15 12 15 12 Ret 11 2.5
19   #20 Racing For Poland Ligier JS P3 14 0.5
20   #34 Team Virage Ligier JS P3 15 0.5
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
Italics – Fastest Lap

LMGTE Teams ChampionshipEdit

Pos. Team Car LEC
 
MNZ
 
RBR
 
SIL
 
SPA[N 6]
 
POR
 
Total
1   #88 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR 2 5 1 2 3 3 95.5
2   #66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari 488 GTE 1 4 Ret 1 4 2 88
3   #77 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR 5 2 4 4 5 1 83
4   #55 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE Ret 1 2 3 2 4 79
5   #80 EbiMotors Porsche 911 RSR 3 3 3 Ret 1 Ret 58.5
6   #83 Krohn Racing Ferrari 488 GTE 4 6 5 6 Ret 4 48
7   #86 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR Ret 5 10
8   #54 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE 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
Italics – Fastest Lap

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Both United Autosports LMP2 entries switched to Michelin tyres from the fifth round onwards.[6]
  2. ^ a b Car No. 25 entered as Algarve Pro Racing and car No. 31 entered as APR - Rebellion Racing.
  3. ^ a b Car No. 26 entered as G-Drive Racing and car No. 33 entered as TDS Racing.
  4. ^ a b Car No. 39 entered as Graff and car No. 40 entered as G-Drive Racing.
  5. ^ a b Cars No. 54 and 55 entered as Spirit of Race and car No. 83 entered as Krohn Racing.
  6. ^ a b c The 4 Hours of Spa was red-flagged after 40 laps. As less than 75% of the race had passed at the time of suspension, half points were awarded to all classified finishers.

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