LMGTE teams round up following 24H du Mans
AF Corse (LMGTE Pro and Am)
- AF Corse Ferrari #51 wins the “24 Hours of Le Mans” with Bruni, Fisichella and Vilander
- Third place in LMGTE Am for Perez Companc, Cioci and Venturi in the 458 #61
Gianmaria Bruni, Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella won the “24 Hours of Le Mans” in the LMGTE Pro category. In their Ferrari #51, lined up for AF Corse – the only one Italian team in the endurance race par excellence – the three drivers repeated their 2012 achievement, outclassing the opposition in the La Sarthe circuit.
Go to www.afcorse.it for more information about the team and their successes.
Aston Martin Racing (LMGTE Pro and Am)
- Aston Martin takes dominant class win at Le Mans
The all-Danish crewed #95 Young Driver AMR V8 Vantage GTE raced to victory in the GTE Am class at the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Gulf-liveried car finished two laps ahead of its nearest rival in what was the largest class of the famous endurance race with 15 competitive GT cars.
In contrast to the joy of the Am class victory, the team's race-long challenge with the #97 GTE Pro car finished with bitter disappointment as a power steering leak cost them five laps on track and left them in sixth place.
To learn more about Aston Martin Racing’s Le Mans, with driver quotes, go to: www.astonmartinracing.com
Porsche Motorsport (LMGTE Pro and Am)
- Porsche 911 RSR finishes 24-hour marathon at Le Mans in third
Podium placing for Porsche at the 24 Hours of Le Mans: Porsche Manthey squad’s 470 hp Porsche 911 RSR driven by works drivers Marco Holzer (Germany), Frédéric Makowiecki (France) and Richard Lietz (Austria) took the flag at the 82nd edition of the long distance classic at the Sarthe third in the GTE-Pro class. Scoring second in the GTE-Am class, Porsche junior Klaus Bachler celebrated the greatest success of his career by now at his first ever Le Mans race.
For more detail, go to: http://newsroom.porsche.com/EN.html
8Star Motorsports showed the determination and resilience needed to finish fourth at the 82nd Le Mans 24Hrs at Circuit de la Sarthe last weekend (14-15 June).
Despite missing out on a lot of running during Wednesday and Thursday’s (11-12 June) practice and qualifying sessions, 8Star Motorsports were able to qualify 42nd overall and eighth in class to position themselves in a strong position ahead of the world’s most physically demanding endurance race.
For more details on 8Star’s French odyssey, go to: www.8starmotorsport.com
ProSpeed Competition’s fifth place at the 82nd edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LM GTE Pro category is in itself a brilliant result, but the adventure that the American Cooper MacNeil and the Dutchman Jeroen Bleekemolen, not forgetting the entire technical crew of the Belgian Porsche team is definitely one for the history annals of the greatest motorsport event in the world.
Following an accident earlier in the week the car was rebuilt, Bret Curtis was unable to take the start and for the first time in ten years a duo completed the 24 Hours of Le Mans. As such the fifth place at the finish in its own right was worthy of a victory. Regular drivers François Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and their teammate, the Finnish-Belgian Markus Palttala battled it out for a place in the top-10 of the LM GTE Am, until a wheel sheared off and brought an end to their adventure.
To find out more about Prospeed’s Le Mans, go to: www.prospeed.be
#52 Retired after 17 Hours #53 12th in Class
There were to be no podium celebrations for the current ELMS LMGTE champions on their debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but they can celebrate the fact that they crossed the line at the end of the world’s toughest sportscar race as the flag fell at 3.00pm in France.
When the #52 LMGTE Pro class Ferrari 458 Italia car of Matt Griffin, Alvaro Parente and Federico Leo were forced to retire from the race in the 17th hour, the disappointment was felt throughout the whole two-car team.
Go to www.ramracing.com for more detail on this story.