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MLMC Title Races Resume in the Ardenne

LMC - 12/09/2019 - Jeff CARTER

After two months since the last race in Spain, the contenders for the 2019 Michelin Le Mans Cup will be eager to get back on track to see who can lift the winner’s trophy on Saturday evening in Belgium for the penultimate round of the season.

A total of 30 cars are entered for the 2-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps, with 11 GT3 entries alongside 18 in the LMP3 category and 1 entry in the class for innovative cars.

The grid in Belgium will feature 64 drivers and 23 teams representing 14 different nations.

LMP3: DKR Engineering Closing on Third Title

Reigning team champions DKR Engineering head to Belgium on the back of a win last time out in Barcelona. François Kirmann and Laurents Hörr have 83 points from the first five races and are 17 points ahead of British duo Duncan Tappy and Michael Benham in the no25 Lanan Racing Norma. 

The Lanan Racing team were forced to miss the race in Spain after Benham’s massive accident in practice put the car out of action for the weekend. The British team are now back and ready to take the fight to their rivals.

Another all British team Nielsen Racing is currently third on 61 points with Tony Wells and Colin Noble securing four podium finishes from the first five races, but they have yet to finish on the top step of the podium. 

At the 2018 race at Spa, Colin Noble finished first alongside Alasdair McCaig in the no79 Ecurie Ecosse / Nielsen Ligier, while Tony Wells finished second alongside James Littlejohn in the no2 Nielsen run Ligier.  This year they join forces to challenge for the top step once again.

Belgium interest in the LMP3 category will be focused on the Motorsport98 Ligier Nissan, the Belgian team’s LMP3 contender once again featuring local driver Eric de Doncker and his French teammate Dino Lunardi.

GT3: Luzich Racing and Kessel Racing Go Head to Head

The GT3 grid at Spa-Francorchamps will feature 11 cars from five different manufacturers, with five Ferrari 488 GT3s, three Mercedes AMG GT3, a Lamborghini Huracan, a Porsche 911 GT3 R and an Aston Martin Vantage GT3.

After five races the current leader is the no71 Luzich Racing Ferrari of Mikkel Mac and Fabien Lavergne, the Franco-Danish duo taking five podiums from five races, including three wins at Monza and at Le Mans. 

They are currently on 87 points, just seven ahead of reigning champions Giacomo Piccini and Sergio Pianezzola in the no8 Kessel Racing Ferrari after the Italians have scored two wins at Le Castellet and last time out in Barcelona. 

In the 2018 race in Belgium Piccini and Pianezzola took the win on their way to the title and they will be looking to emulate last year’s result to move ahead of Mac and Lavergne and take the championship battle to an exciting conclusion in Portugal next month.

The first two crews are way out in front of the chasing pack, which is led by Christoph Ulrich and Maurizio Mediani in the no51 Spirit of Race Ferrari on 44 points. Also on 44 points is the no99 Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage of former ELMS champion Andrew Howard and WEC racer Ross Gunn.

One innovative car will also be entering the Spa Round, with the LMPH2G of H24 Racing Norman Nato making its first appearance on an entry list in endurance racing.

The Michelin Le Mans Cup race in Spa-Francorchamps will be held on Saturday 21 September.

CLICK HERE for the provisional entry list for Spa-Francorchamps.

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