#7, NIELSEN RACING, GBR, Ligier JS P320 - Nissan, Anthony Wells (GBR), Colin Noble (GBR) 2021 Michelin Le Mans Cup, Le Castellet, France. Photo © John D Stevens.

Nielsen Racing won the second round of the 2021 Michelin Le Mans Cup at Le Castellet today with Colin Noble bringing the #7 Ligier home just over a second ahead of second place Matt Bell and Maurice Smith in the #69 Cool Racing car. Third spot went to John Schauerman and Wayne Boyd in the #23 United Autosports Ligier.

Today’s race was certainly not short of excitement with the #73 TS Corse Duqueine M30 – D08 spinning at turn two forcing the #3 DKR Engineering and #15 RLR M Sport cars wide.

Start 2021 Michelin Le Mans Cup, Le Castellet, France. Photo © John D Stevens.

By lap 3 the #25 Racin Spirit of Le Mans was spewing out smoke around Virage du Camp and was white flagged by the time it reached Virage de la Sainte Baume.

#25, RACING SPIRIT OF LEMAN, CHE, Ligier JS P320 – Nissan, Jacques Wolff (FRA), Théo Chalal (FRA) 2021 Michelin Le Mans Cup, Le Castellet, France. Photo © John D Stevens.

The Cool Racing #37 pole-sitters Antoine Doquin and Josh Skelton didn’t have any better of a time with a power steering leak causing their car to catch fire with the resultant stop for remediation dropping them out of contention, ultimately ending up a DNF.

#8, IRON LYNX, ITA, Ferrari 488 GT3, Rino Mastronardi (ITA), Logan Sargeant (USA) 2021 Michelin Le Mans Cup, Le Castellet, France. Photo © John D Stevens.

In the GT3 category, Herberth Motorsport dominated and finished on the top two steps of the podium; the #91 Porsche 911 GT3 R of Robert Renauer and Ralf Bohn finishing just ahead of the #92 sister car. Iron Lynx’s Ferraris were next up, the #8 car of Rino Mastronardi and Logan Sargeant edging out their #9 Iron Dames teammates to claim the final step of the podium.