ELMS victories at Paul Ricard for Dragonspeed, Ultimate, Luzich Racing

  • ELMS Paul Ricard DragonSpeed
  • ELMS Dragonspeed Oreca
  • European Le Mans Series

The 2019 season of the European Le Mans Series started at the Circuit Paul Ricard with the 4 Hours of Le Castellet. The first win of the season went to Ben Hanley, Henrik Hedman and James Allen in the #21 Dragonspeed Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 prototype.

After four hour of racing and 135 completed laps, Ben Hanley crossed the finish line 16.655 seconds ahead of Paul Loup Chatin in the #28 IDEC Sport Oreca. Chatin was sharing a car with Paul Lafargue and Memo Rojas. Richard Bradley, Nico Jamin and Pierre Ragues completed the podium after finishing third in the #30 Duqueine Engineering Oreca.

ELMS Ultimate LMP3

Victorious car in the LMP3 class

The LMP3 class victory went to the #17 Ultimate Norma M30 of Mathieu Lahaye, Jean-Baptiste Lahaye and Francois Heriau. It’s the first ELMS victory for the French team.

The closest rivals were Mikkel Jensen and Jens Petersen in the #11 Eurointernational Ligier, finishing the race one lap down to the winners. Inter Europol Competition took the third podium spot with Martin Hippe and Nigel Moore in the #13 Ligier.

Luzich Racing's #51 Ferrari 488 GTE

Luzich Racing’s #51 Ferrari 488 GTE

The best LMGTE class team was Luzich Racing with reigning FIA WEC GTE champion Alessandro Pier Guidi sharing the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE with Fabien Lavergne and Nicklas Nielsen.

One more Ferrari crew joined them on a podium, the all-female crew of Kessel Racing – Michelle Gatting, Rahel Frey and Manuela Gostner. The #77 Porsche 911 RSR of Dempsey-Proton Racing finished in the third place, driven by Matteo Cairoli, Christian Ried and Riccardo Pera.

ELMS Paul Ricard start

41 cars participated in the race

Check the full results of the 4 Hours of Le Castellet

Photos: Jakob Ebrey/ELMS,

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