Oman Racing with TF Sport looking for another repeat of last time as the ELMS visits Monza

Tuesday, June 28, 2022


After previous visits to the racetracks at Le Castellet in France and then Imola, Italy sees the European Le Mans Series stay in Italy for their third round of their 2022 season and a scheduled four-hour spectacular at the “Temple of Speed”.

Forty-two cars spread across the LMP2, LMP3 and GTE classes again grab our attention as the two Oman Racing with TF Sport Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE’s punctuate the otherwise ‘stereotypical’ hoard of Ferrari 488 GTE’s along with the two Porsche 911 RSR’s amongst a GTE grid of twelve cars.

Aboard those two Aston’s, we have two drivers who figured prominently upon the GTE Am’s winning podium at this year’s Le Mans 24Hr with the #33 TF Sport entered car for Ben Keating but for this series, Marco Sorenson and Henrique Chaves will again feature in opposing cars within the Sussex based team.

First time out in the south of France, the #69 car of Ahmad Al Harthy, Sam De Haan and Marco Sorenson briefing enjoyed the raptures of a front row class start ahead that race before De Haan was cut up and impacted upon by some squabbling LMP3 cars at the end of the very first lap, forcing the Englishman into immediate retirement.

The #95 car of John Hartshorne, Jonny Adam and Henrique Chaves however enjoyed the bets result of Hartshorne’s racing comeback endeavours so far, after having started last on the GTE grid, the red liveried car came through to claim a P6 position by race’s end.

Better however was to come from Imola just a few weeks later with the series return to the picturesque but compact circuit at Imola where the #69 crew ‘had their revenge’ by taking a very near lights to flag class win with the #95 again coming through from near the rear to claim a 1-2 on the class podium for Tom Ferrier’s latest batch of ELMS clients.

These results have both Oman Racing with TF Sport crews tied for the lead with the #32 Rinaldi Racing Ferrari with both the #32 and #69 crews having claimed a pole position and a class win each (with also a DNF) and with the #95 crew having scored in both previous races to all have twenty six points – five above their next rival in the Championship.

This weekend’s four-hour race around the ultra-fast 3.6-mile circuit will begin on Friday with their first Free Practice and Bronze Driver test before a second Free Practice and Qualifying on Saturday before the start of the race at 11:30hrs local on Sunday.

Photo credits – Andrew Lofthouse / ELMS
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