With all of the six European Le Mans Series (ELMS) titles still up for grabs, next weekend’s 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps promises to be an intense battle on one of the world’s most technical and beautiful race tracks.
In LMP2, just 9 points separates G-Drive Racing (81 points) from Idec Sport (72 points) meaning that a victory in Spa for G-Drive could decide who will become the 2019 champions.
The Russian team have taken two victories so far this season in Monza and Barcelona, and a second place in Silverstone last month. After a pole position in Le Castellet the team scored a disappointing (for them) fourth place at the opening round of the season.
The French Idec Sport team won their first ever ELMS race last month at Silverstone and are aiming to repeat this next week in Belgium. Third in the LMP2 standing is Graff with 53 points.
In the LMP3 class, the classification is also very tight, with only 7 points separating class leaders Inter Europol Competition and Eurointernational. The battle the for title in Spa could therefore influence how the race for the 2019 LMP3 title plays out in Portimao in October.
Nigel Moore and Martin Hippe in the #13 Inter Europol Competition Ligier currently lead the class with 76 points having taken victory in Barcelona along with three podium finishes so far this season. The #11 Eurointernational Ligier is on 69 points, while United Autosports, who should never be written off, are in third position (53 points) with their #2 Ligier.
Finally in LMGTE, Luzich Racing’s #51 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo leads the class with 77 points. Factory driver Alessandro Pier Guidi, Fabien Lavergne and Mikkel Mac have so far bagged two wins (Le Castellet and Monza) as well as a third place in Barcelona and fourth in Silverstone last month.
Trailing the Ferrari by 21 points there is a three-way tie with Dempsey Proton Racing’s #77 Porsche 911 RSR, Kessel Racing with its all-female #83 Ferrari 488 GTE EVO and the ever-present #66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari 488 GTE EVO all on 56 points.
While all classes are close, LM GTE will undoubtably be the class to watch next weekend with so many teams within a whisker of snatching the advantage into the final round at Portimao.