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LMC - 16/10/2019 - Jeff CARTER
The LMP3 class will feature 18 entries but the fight for the LMP3 title will be between Duncan Tappy and Michael Benham in the no25 Lanan Racing Norma-Nissan and François Kirmann and Laurents Hörr racing for reigning champions DKR Engineering. With just 26 points left to win, these two crews and teams, who are split by just seven points, are the only ones in contention for the 2019 LMP3 Michelin Le Mans Cup titles.
Hörr and Kirmann need to finish at the head of the field at the chequered flag, meaning Benham and Tappy need to finish second. The extra point for pole position could also be crucial to the eventual outcome of the fight for the 2019 titles.
While all eyes will be on these two cars, there is still plenty of talent on the grid that could win the final race of the 2019 season. Road to Le Mans winners Adrien Chila and Nicolas Schatz will be looking to end their season with another victory in the no39 Graff Norma, while Tony Wells and Colin Noble will be hoping to score their first win of the 2019 season after taking four podium finishes in the six races held so far.
In the GT3 class it is also a straight fight between two crews for the 2019 crowns. Reigning champions Giacomo Piccini and Sergio Pianezzola head to Portimão in the no8 Kessel Racing Ferrari with 105 points, nine points ahead of Mikkel Mac and Fabien Lavergne in the no71 Luzich Racing Ferrari 488 GT3.
Lavergne will be looking to add the Michelin Le Mans Cup GT3 crown to the ELMS LMGTE title he won with Alessandro Pier Guidi and Nicklas Nielsen in Belgium last month.
A win for Mac and Lavergne will leave Piccini and Pianezzola needing to finish second. Again, the extra point for pole position could be vital. If the no8 Ferrari finishes ahead of the no71 488 then the Swiss team and Italian drivers will add their second title to their resume.
The GT3 grid will also feature cars from four different manufacturers, with five Ferrari 488 GT3s, one Mercedes AMG GT3, a Porsche 911 GT3 R and an Aston Martin Vantage GT3. The Beechdean AMR Vantage of Ross Gunn and Andrew Howard finished second at Spa-Francorchamps and are currently third on 62 points. The British team would love to finish the 2019 season with a win.
CLICK HERE for the entry list for the final race of the 2019 Michelin Le Mans Cup in Portimão.
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