LMC - 16/06/2017 - Presse release - RAM Racing
The #5 Mercedes AMG GT3 started the 55-minute long race from fourth on the grid, following a strong qualifying performance from Tom Onslow-Cole (GB). After a battle with a pair of Porsches, a Ferrari 488 and the much quicker Lamborghinis, Tom jostled for position for much of his stint but came out on top and pitted in third.
Team-mate Remon Vos (NL) took over and fulfilled a lifelong dream of racing at Le Mans. With the podium in reach, he was pushing hard but had the Aston Martin and Lamborghini hot on his heels from the start of his stint. Despite losing several places on lap one, he found his rhythm and worked his way back up to fifth. With a disqualification for a rival Mercedes AMG GT3 ahead, the team took fourth and bagged six points for the championship.
“That podium was in touching distance but it wasn’t quite to be,” commented Team Principal Dan Shufflebottom. “It has to be said, we were all seriously impressed with Remon. This is his first season of GT racing and only his third GT3 race so to be battling for a podium a Le Mans is incredible. It was a clean race without penalties and the car came back in one piece, which is always a result!
“Remon also qualified very well for Saturday’s race so we can battle for a podium and plenty more championship points. We’re looking forward to racing the Mercdes AMG GT3 in front of 250,000 fans here at Le Mans.”
The team will line-up for Saturday’s race two in sixth place on the grid of 15 GT3s and Vos will take starting honours. Fans can follow the team’s progress on social media by searching @RAMRacingCom.