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By the Numbers: LMP3 Champions

LM P3 - 05/02/2019 - Jeff CARTER

As the countdown continues to the start of the 2019 Michelin Le Mans Cup season, which begins in Le Castellet in just over two months, we take a look back at each of the champion’s 2018 campaign, starting with the no3 DKR Engineering Norma M30-Nissan, with drivers Jens Petersen and Léonard Hoogenboom.

The 2018 Season

For the second year in a row Luxembourg flagged team DKR Engineering secured the Michelin Le Mans Cup LMP3 title.  In 2017 the team won with drivers Alex Toril from Spain and Belgium’s Jean Glorieux and in 2018 DKR completed the double with Léonard Hoogenboom from The Netherlands and his German co-driver Jen Petersen. Five podiums, including three wins, from seven starts garnered the team a total of 103 points, 11.5 points ahead of their nearest rivals, Alasdair McCaig and Colin Noble in the no79 Ecurie Ecosse / Nielsen Ligier-Nissan.

The season started well for DKR Engineering with Hoogenboom and Petersen securing wins in Le Castellet and Monza to head to Le Mans with a solid 50 points in the bank.  A 3rd and 4th place finish in the two 55-minute races on the full 13.6km La Sarthe circuit at Le Mans was followed a month later by a third win of the season in Austria at the Red Bull Ring.

A third place finish in Belgium followed, which secured the team the 2018 titles with one race to go in Portugal.  The race in Portimão should have been a fairy tale ending to a great year and it looked good as Jens Petersen took the lead at the start of the race from second on the grid.  However contact with another car damaged the Norma-Nissan and forced the German to retire to record the team’s only DNF of the season.

At the age of 18 Léonard Hoogenboom has secured a major tile in his debut season of endurance racing and is certainly a driver marked as a future star. This was also 55-year-old Jens Petersen’s first title, following up on his vice champions title in the 2016 V de V Challenge.

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