The no40 Graff Oreca-Gibson of Gustavo Yacaman, James Allen and Richard Bradley took their first ELMS win in the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.
Bradley took the chequered flag just 0.6 seconds ahead of the no22 G-Drive Racing Oreca of Ryo Hirakawa after the British driver had to serve a drive through with one minute of the race remaining. He emerged from the pitlane just ahead of the Japanese driver and held on to win at the end of the lap.
G-Drive Racing are now 18 points ahead of United Autosports in the teams championship while Memo Rojas and Leo Roussel also hold an 18 point advantage over Filipe Albuquerque, Hugo de Sadeleer and Will Owen.
The no9 AT Racing Ligier-Nissan took a debut LMP3 win for the team, with Alexander Talkanitsa Senior and Junior joining an exclusive club of winning in two different ELMS classes after their win in the LMGTE class in Imola in 2015. Father and son were joined on the Spa podium by their Danish teammate Mikkel Jensen.
The 15 points for third has extended the championship lead to 19 points for John Falb and Sean Ryahall in the no2 United Autosports Ligier ahead of the no18 M Racing-YMR Ligier of Alexandre Cougnaud, Antoine Jung and Romano Ricci.
The LMGTE class was won by the no51 Spirit of Race Ferrari, a debut victory for the all Italian line up of Giorgio Roda, Rino Mastronardi and Andrea Bertolini after an epic battle throughout the LMGTE field. The n°66 Ferrari 488 GTE JMW Motorsport finished 2nd.
With the no90 TF Sport Vantage being classified 5th, the championship couldn’t be closer with TF Sport holding 87 points and JMW Motorsport on 86 points, with Nicki Thiim, Salih Yoluc and Euan Hankey holding a similar advantage over Jody Fannin and Rob Smith.
There is all to play for in the final race of the year at Portimão next month.
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