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LMC - 15/12/2019 - Jeff CARTER
ROUND 1: In the opening race at Le Castellet in France Michael Benham and Duncan Tappy celebrated the first victory for Lanan Racing in the Michelin Le Mans Cup since the 2018 Road to Le Mans. The all British team started third on the grid and after two hours of racing, with safety cars, full course yellow periods and penalties for some of their rivals, Tappy crossed the line ahead of the no3 DKR Engineering Norma of François Kirmann and Laurents Hörr. 2018 GT3 Champions Sergio Pianezzola and Giacomo Piccini got the defence of their title with Kessel Racing off to the best start with a hard-fought victory, despite a late race stop and go penalty.
ROUND 2: At Monza in May the no25 Lanan Racing Norma of Duncan Tappy was the first car to take the chequered flag after the British team’s mechanics got his Norma out ahead of Colin Noble’s Nielsen Racing Norma M30-Nissan which had been leading the race before the storm. With the track awash with rainwater, the no3 DKR Engineering Norma of Laurent Hörrs overtook Noble to finish second. The GT3 class was won by the no71 Luzich Racing Ferrari with Mikkel Mac securing the win from the no8 Kessel Racing 488 GT3 of Giacomo Piccini.
ROUND 3 – RTLM RACE 1: Three of the four winning drivers in the first of the two Road to Le Mans races were competing under the French Tricolor and celebrated a home win by standing on the top step of the most famous podium in endurance racing. The 55-minute race was interrupted by a 21-minute Safety Car period after the no9 Graff Norma went off into the barriers at the Corvette Curve. The race resumed with a 20-minute sprint to the chequered flag.
In the LMP3 category it was the all French no39 Graff Norma M30-Nissan of Adrien Chila and Nicolas Schatz which was victorious, taking the overall victory at the head of the 49-car strong field. The GT3 victory went to French driver Fabien Lavergne and his Danish teammate Mikkel Mac in the no71 Luzich Racing Ferrari.
ROUND 3 - RTLM RACE 2: The no3 DKR Engineering Norma M30-Nissan of François Kirmann and Laurents Hörr took the chequered flag to take victory in the second Road to Le Mans race of the weekend on the full 13.6km La Sarthe circuit in front of the full grandstands. The no3 Norma took the lead with Kirmann holding off a determined challenge from Michael Benham in the no25 Lanan Racing Norma and the no30 CD Sport Norma of Kevin Bole-Besançon. The no71 Luzich Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 of Fabien Lavergne and Mikkel Mac was the first GT3 car to the chequered flag to make it two wins from two at Le Mans and the Franco-German driver pairing were able to stand on the top step of the podium for the second time.