ELMS gets back to business at the refurbished Imola circuit

Monday, July 01, 2024


Just three weeks since the Le Mans 24 Hours and the European Le Mans Series is back in action this weekend from Imola in Italy with another forty-three strong entry.

With neither full season Aston Martin Racing powered entry competing within the actual twenty-four-hour event, segments of both crews were busy within the supported Michelin Le Mans Cup Series where one crew stuck podium lucky and the other just off at the end of each Safety Car affected race.

That was with a GT3 specification car, and this weekend sees both the #59 Racing Spirit of Leman car and the #97 Grid Motorsport by TF compete again with their subtly different LMGT3 specification car for their driver crews of Derek DeBoer, Valentin Hasse-Clot and Casper Stevenson alongside Martin Berry, Lorcan Hanafin and Jonny Adam respectively.

Two rounds of the ELMS season have so far been completed at both Barcelona and most recently at Le Castellet where the #59 crew secured a third placed finish in class to elevate their championship position up to fifth and still with easy reach of the LMGT3 Championship leaders so far.

The #97 crew however has themselves managed to secure valuable championship points within each race so far but will need to quickly add to their twelve points haul so far if they are to have any contention within the class in the latter races. Hanafin and Berry’s successes at Le Mans may well give them the encouragement needed after their disastrous start to the year in Spain where a testing accident forced them to borrow a replacement chassis from the Comtoyou Racing team.

Technically speaking, the #59 car will run +5kg heavier thanks to their success ballast from the previous round, all four LMGT3 manufacturers will enjoy a BoP revision from the previous round which sees additional power made available countered by adjustments to the cars base weight.

Competing amongst an eleven strong LMGT3 grid, track action around the refurbished circuit will begin on Friday with Free Practice before moving through to Qualifying on Saturday afternoon and a race start at 11:30hrs (local) on Sunday.

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