European Le Mans Series: G-Drive Racing repeated a victory at Monza
G-Drive Racing claimed a victory at 4 Hours of Monza, the second round of the 2019 European Le Mans Series season. It’s the third win in a row at Monza for the Russian team.
Two years ago, the winners were Ryo Hirakawa, Leo Roussel and Memo Rojas. Last year, Roman Rusinov, Andrea Pizzitola and Jean-Eric Vergne shared a glory. Today, Roman Rusinov was sharing a victorious #26 Aurus 01-Gibson LMP2 prototype with Norman Nato and Job van Uitert.
After four hours of racing on a dry Monza track, G-Drive Racing took the victory with just 2.1sec advantage over the #28 IDEC Sport Oreca of Paul Loup Chatin, Memo Rojas and Paul Lafargue. During the race, Job Van Uitert broke the LMP2 lap record.
Ryan Cullen, Alex Brundle and Will Owen finished third in the #32 United Autosports Ligier, ahead of teammates in the #22 car Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque.
In the LMP3 class, Eurointernational took the victory with Mikkel Jensen and Jens Petersen sharing the #11 Ligier JS P3-Nissan. They started from the back of the grid after missing qualifying due to technical issues.
Nigel Moore and Martin Hippe finished second in the #13 Inter Europol Competition Ligier. United Autosports’ Wayne Boyd, Garett Grist and Tommy Erdos climbed to the third podium spot in the LMP3 class.
The #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR took the LMGTE class victory with Riccardo Pera, Christian Ried and Matteo Cairoli sharing the car. They defeated two Ferrari crews.
Matteo Cressoni, Wei Lu and Jeff Segal were second in the #66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari 488 GTE while Alessandro Pier Guidi, Nicklas Nielsen and Fabien Lavergne were third in the #51 Luzich Racing Ferrari.
Photos: Jakob Ebrey Photography/ELMS,