Le Mans Series title success for Tincknell and team

PUBLISHED: 20:44 24 October 2016 | UPDATED: 20:44 24 October 2016

Harry Tincknell in the pits at Estoril

Harry Tincknell in the pits at Estoril

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East Devon motor ace, Harry Tincknell, helped his G-Drive racing team to secure the prestigious European Le Mans Series crown on Sunday (October 23) to give their 'Mighty 38' Gibson 015S-Nissan car the perfect send off in its last ever race.

The dominant victory was the second of the season for Harry and his Jota Sport teammates, Simon Dolan and Gio van Der Garde, and the eighth for the legendary car, with which the Jota Sport run team won the Le Mans 24-hour race back in 2014.

Harry’s teammates, van Der Garde and Dolan, set the tone of the race from the off, as van Der Garde flew out of the starting blocks to jump from third place into the lead going into the first corner.

Despite a near collision and a safety car period threatening to cause havoc as van Der Garde and Dolan duelled for the lead with their rivals in the early exchanges, they built up a lead of nearly 50 seconds for the ‘Mighty 38’ car as Harry prepared to jump in for the final stint.

With the Jota Sport-run team’s main championship rivals struggling with technical problems, Tincknell knew he just had to bring the car home to win the championship. But as the skies darkened, it turned into a race against the elements as much as the competition.

Thankfully, the rain held off until the end as Tincknell led rival, Lapierre across the line by a significant 51.1 seconds after four hours of racing, putting the team’s past Estoril heartbreak to bed in resounding fashion. The win also signified a win for Harry and his teammates in the individual driver standings and he was clearly delighted.

Speaking after the race Tincknell said: “We’ve been trying to win this race for three years, we’ve been trying to win the championship for three years and each previous year we’ve come close, I think we’ve deserved it, but it didn’t quite come our way before.

“This year we knew we just needed to be a little bit more consistent and make less mistakes. We did it in style by winning the final race and the whole team were magnificent. This is a sweet victory and such a great end to the career of this fantastic car.”

Results and Final Standings

LMP2/ Overall Race Result – Estoril

1 Dolan/Tincknell/van der Garde G-Drive Racing Gibson 015S-Nissan

2 Lapierre/Hedman/Hanley Dragonspeed ORECA 05-Nissan

3 Petrov/Wirth/Coletti SMP Racing BR01-Nissan

4 Pla/ Jönsson Krohn Racing Ligier JS P2-Nissan

5 Gommendy/Lyons/ Vervisch Eurasia Motorsport ORECA 05-Nissan

6 P. Lafargue /P. Lafargue /Enjalbert IDEC Sport Racing Ligier JS P2-Nissan

2016 European Le Mans Series for LMP2 drivers

1 Tincknell/Dolan/van der Garde 103

2 Thiriet//Beche 94

3 Wirth/Coletti 83

4 Lapierre/Hedman/Hanley 76

5 Hirakawa 68

6 Leal 60

European Le Mans Series LMP2 Teams’ Championship

1 G-Drive Racing 103

2 Thiriet by TDS Racing 94

3 SMP Racing 83

4 Dragonspeed 76

5 Eurasia Motorsport 50

6 Krohn Racing 39

LMP2/ Overall Race Result – Estoril

1 Dolan/Tincknell/van der Garde G-Drive Racing Gibson 015S-Nissan

2 Lapierre/Hedman/Hanley Dragonspeed ORECA 05-Nissan

3 Petrov/Wirth/Coletti SMP Racing BR01-Nissan

4 Pla/ Jönsson Krohn Racing Ligier JS P2-Nissan

5 Gommendy/Lyons/ Vervisch Eurasia Motorsport ORECA 05-Nissan

6 P. Lafargue /P. Lafargue /Enjalbert IDEC Sport Racing Ligier JS P2-Nissan

2016 European Le Mans Series for LMP2 drivers

1 Tincknell/Dolan/van der Garde 103

2 Thiriet//Beche 94

3 Wirth/Coletti 83

4 Lapierre/Hedman/Hanley 76

5 Hirakawa 68

6 Leal 60

European Le Mans Series LMP2 Teams’ Championship

1 G-Drive Racing 103

2 Thiriet by TDS Racing 94

3 SMP Racing 83

4 Dragonspeed 76

5 Eurasia Motorsport 50

6 Krohn Racing 39

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