Red Bull Ring: 13 hours of track action in 3 different series
This weekend, the Red Bull Ring in Spielfield, Austria will play host to races in three different motorsport competitions with the best of European endurance racing, single-seaters and touring cars providing over 13 hours of track action over two days.
The events scheduled in Austria include the Round 3 of the 2015 European Le Mans Series, Round 5 of Formula Renault 3.5 Series and Round 8 of TCR International Series.
The 4 Hours of Red Bull Ring will mark the halfway point of the 2015 ELMS, which consists of five races. There will be two 90-minute Free Practice sessions on Saturday. On Sunday morning, the LMGTE and GTC cars will be qualifying to decide the grid for the afternoon race. This 20-minute session will be followed by a similar length period for the LMP2 and LMP3 cars in the qualifying session. At 13.30 the race will begin.
A total of 29 cars are on the entry list, including all leaders in every category. After that the races at Silverstone and Imola Thiriet by TDS Racing leading the LMP2 class, ahead Greaves Motorsport and Jota Sport. The LMP3 class leader is the University of Bolton team. Among the GTE teams, AT Racing has collected the most points, while GTC class is leading by TDS Racing.
The single-seaters action will be provided by the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. After the races at Spa-Francorchamps, Motorland Aragon, Monaco and Hungaroring, the Red Bull Ring will be hosting the fifth round of this popular championship, which is just one step below Formula 1.
A total of 21 drivers will race at the Red Bull Ring, including Roberto Merhi, who has a double arrangement in F1 and FR 3.5. The leader of the championship after five races is Oliver Rowland. With three wins, five podium finishes and seven point scoring results Rowland now wants to repeat victory at the Red Bull Ring, because he has won here in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup two years ago.
On Saturday, the Formula Renault 3.5 Series will have one 50-minute Free Practice session followed by two 30-minute qualifying sessions. On Sunday, the series will have two 40-minute + 1 lap races, with the second race of the weekend concluding the meeting on Sunday evening.
The touring cars action will be provided by the TCR International Series. The 11-round long worldwide championship has already staged races in Malaysia, China, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria (Salzburgring) and Russia and now the series returns to Austria.
At the top of the point standings are Stefano Comini, Pepe Oriola, Gianni Morbidelli and Jordi Gene, with just a 20-points gap between the first and fourth spots. Apart from the regular drivers there will be some rookies in the TCR Series – Michela Cerruti, Gabriele Marotta and Daniel Nagy.
The TCR International Series will have two 30-minute Free Practice sessions and one 35-minute qualifying session on Saturday divided in Q1 (20 minutes for all the competitors) and Q2 (10 minutes for the fastest 12 drivers in Q1). On Sunday, the two 14-lap races will take place in the morning, the first at 08.25 and the second at 11.30.