dimanche 23 octobre 2016

Beechdean AMR wins ELMS Estoril finale and the GTE titles


The Estoril circuit in Portugal played host to an action-packed and thrilling season finale of the 2016 European Le Mans Series.

Beechdean AMR won the GTE class after dominating the four-hour event. The winning #99 Aston Martin Vantage GTE was driven by Darren Turner, Andrew Howard and Alex McDowell.

The opening stages were highlighted by a great battle for GTE supremacy between the race winning Aston Martin and the JMW Motorsport Ferrari. The latter faced a real drama in the second hour of the race.

The British #66 Ferrari 458 Italia driven by Andrea Bertolini, Robert Smith and Rory Butcher was forced to head back to its garage twice. A first time after facing technical issues and later the car was collected by an LMP3 Ligier from United Autosports. The Ferrari didn't finish the race which means the title went to Beechdean AMR.


Sadness at the Ferrari camp and joy at the Aston Martin one. Darren Turner, Andrew Howard and Alex McDowell won the driver's title. Beechean AMR clinched the team's one ahead of JMW Motorsport. The two British teams secured invitations for next year's 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Second place in GTE in the Estoril round went to Alessandro Pier Guidi, Alexander Talkanitsa and Alexander Talkanitsa Jr. at the wheel of the #56 Ferrari 458 Italia from AT Racing

Duncan Cameron, Matt Griffin and Aaron Scott completed the class poduim sharing the AF Corse run #55 Ferrari 458 Italia ahead of the sister #51 car.

Proton Competition's two Porsches were fifth with the #88 911 RSR and sixth with the #77 machine

Photos: ELMS / Adrenal Media