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LE MANS SERIES
LE MANS SERIES
We're proud to announce that DAMPIER. is the new sponsor of JMW MOTORSPORT in the upcoming season of the EUROPEAN LE MANS SERIES | pictured here, their Ferrari at the ELMS Official Test in Le Castellet, France.
The European Le Mans Series (ELMS) is a European sports car endurance series inspired by the 24 hours of Le Mans race.
The six-event season has started at Silverstone Circuit with an exciting start for JMW Motorsport
18th MAY, 2016
Heavy rain was the key player at the 4 Hours of Imola, Round 2 of the 2016 European Le Mans Series as the race finished behind the safety car when a thunderstorm hit the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in the final hour.
18 May 2016 – Heavy rain was the key player at the 4 Hours of Imola, Round 2 of the 2016 European Le Mans Series as the race finished behind the safety car when a thunderstorm hit the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in the final hour. The first three hours were action packed across all three classes, but with heavy rain falling and cars skidding off the track, the Race Director decided to use a Full Course Yellow to neutralise the race and then changed this into a Safety Car with 27 minutes remaining on the clock as the rain continued to fall. With the track still too wet to continue racing, the 4 Hours of Imola finished under the Safety Car and the result declared.
The no. 77 Proton Competition Porsche of Robert Renauer, Wolf Henzler and Mike Hedlund took maximum points in Italy, as expected in these extreme conditions. The no. 66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia GTE in association with Dampier. was the closest competitor with drivers Robert Smith handing over to Andrea Bertolini, who caught and passed the no. 56 AT Racing Ferrari of Alexander Talkanitsa, and then Rory Butcher both working hard to close the gap towards the end of the race. The rain brought a halt to the British team’s charge to the leading Porsche and they had to settle for second place.
The next round of the 2016 European Le Mans Series will be held in Austria at Spielberg on July 16-17.
17th APRIL, 2016
The 4 Hours of Silverstone has set the scene for a season of dramatic racing in the 2016 European Le Mans Series. The typically English weather also played its part after snow in the morning and a wet qualifying session, the race started dry but rain showers threatened to cause an upset.
In LMGTE class Stuart Hall pushed his way to the front of the grid in the no.96 Aston Martin and this began a thrilling two hour battle with his teammate Alex MacDowall for the class lead. At the two hour point it was MacDowall who held the upperhand but it was still a hard fought battle between the two Aston Martins and the two Ferraris from JMW Motorsport (with Andrea Bertolini, Rory Butcher and Robert Smith) and AT Racing (with Alexander Talkanits junior and senior and Alessandro Pier Guidi).
As the race drew to a close it was the JMW Motorsport Ferrari of Rory Butcher who held the advantage over Andrew Howard’s Aston Martin with a great battle for the final podium spot happening between Alessandro Pier Guidi in the AT Racing Ferrari and Richie Stanaway in the no96 Aston Martin.
On the final lap there was contact between the two cars at the end of the Vale with Pier Guidi sliding off the track and Stanaway taking the chequered flag in third place but then pulling to the side of the track after the finish line with damage to the front right of the car. The Aston Martin finished in third place behind the winning JMW Motorsport Ferrari and the no. 99 Aston Martin but Stanaway was handed a 4-minute time penalty by the stewards for unsporting conduct which put his car behind the no. 56 Ferrari and promoting AT Racing into the final podium position.
Unfortunately in post race scrutineering the no. 66 Ferrari was found to be in breach of article 2.2.1a of the ELMS LMGTE Technical Regulations, which means it didn’t conform to the homologation papers. The front splitter was found to be incorrect and the JMW Motorsport Ferrari was excluded from the results. The no. 99 Aston Martin was promoted to the race win, with AT Racing Ferrari in second and the no. 96 Aston Martin in third.
A bitter-sweet start to the year has not diminished the team's spirit, on the contrary, all are more fired up than ever. JMW Motorsport in association with DAMPIER. will return in Round 2 of the European Le Mans Series in Imola, Italy on the 13-15 May.