European Le Mans Series 2015 GTE season review

The European Le Mans Series had a very good 2015 in the LM GTE class. Prestigious teams from different brands took part in the championship giving the fans great racing throughout the five races of the season.

Races this year in ELMS are four hours long and Dunlop is the exclusive tire supplier of the LM GTE class.

Here is our 2015 season review in the LM GTE class.

Round 1: 4 Hours of Silverstone

The 2015 European Le Mans Series started at Silverstone. It was a double header event as the ELMS supported the FIA World Endurance Championship at the Home of British Motorsport.

The first pole of the season went to the all conquering AF Corse team with the #81 Ferrari 458 GTE.

On race day it was an all British affair. Gulf Racing UK won the event with their #86 Porsche 911 RSR ahead of JMW Motorsport with the #66 Ferrari 458 GTE. The podium was completed by the #55 Ferrari 458 GTE from AF Corse. New comer to the ELMS, the BMW Z4 GTE finished the event in fourth place with BMW Team Marc VDS.

Round 2: 4 Hours of Imola 

After a thrilling Silverstone opener, the European Le Mans Series moved to Italy and the prestigious Imola circuit. The last race before the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Racing at home soil, Ferrari simply dominated the qualifying session. Five Ferrari 458 GTE cars in the top-five of the GTE class. Pole position went to the #56 car from AT Racing supported by AF Corse.

The same car won the four-hour event ahead of the #88 Porsche 911 RSR from Proton Competition in second place and the #60 Ferrari 458 GTE from Formula Racing in third. The BMW Z4 GTE was again fourth.

Round 3: 4 Hours of Red Bull Ring

After an emotional Le Mans 24 Hours race the European Le Mans Series action resumed in Austria. The beautiful Red Bull Ring circuit played host to the third round of the season.

Ferrari dominated the qualifying session once again. Pole position went to AF Corse and their #51 Ferrari 458 GTE.

The race was unbelievably close at the Red Ring. Ferrari scored a 1-2-3 victory, Formula Racing winning the event ahead of two cars from AF Corse. BMW Team Marc VDS again narrowly missed the podium ending in fourth place.

Round 4: 4 Hours of Paul Ricard 

The fourth round of the season took place at the Paul Ricard circuit in France. A familiar place for ELMS teams who took part in the official test days at the start of the season there.

The qualifying session was dominated by the cars from Maranello. AT Racing took pole position with the #56 Ferrari 458 GTE.

The race was once again very close. Formula Racing won the French event with the #60 Ferrari 458 GTE. The BMW Z4 GTE scored its first ever podium in European Le Mans Series, BMW Team Marc VDS ended in second place. The third spot on the podium went to British Ferrari team JMW Motorsport with the #66 458 GTE.

Round 5: 4 Hours of Estoril 

Estoril hosted the season finale of the 2015 European Le Mans Series. The Portuguese round was a true title decider in the LM GTE class.

Porsche took pole position with the #88 Porsche 911 RSR from Proton Competition ahead of two Ferraris from AF Corse.

On race day, it was a different story. BMW Team Marc VDS who started from the last position in GTE won the event. It was an emotional first victory for the BMW Z4 GTE in ELMS but also the last race for the Belgian team in GT racing. Second place went to the factory supported #99 Aston Martin Vantage GTE. The podium was completed by the #86 Porsche 911 RSR from Gulf Racing UK.

At the end of a very competitive European Le Mans Series season, Formula Racing won the teams' title ahead of BMW Team Marc VDS in second and AF Corse in third.

Johnny Laursen, Mikkel Mac and Andrea Rizzoli won the drivers' title with team Formula Racing Ferrari.

The 2016 European Le Mans Series will expand to a 6-round calendar, Spa-Francorchamps has been added to the traditional five venues.