G-Drive Racing crew finished fourth at the opening of the ELMS seasonApril 16, 2019
On Sunday in the French Le Castellet the new season of the European series Le Mans kicked off, and in the 4-hour race, the crew of the Russian team G-Drive Racing finished fourth.
In the qualification, the crew of Roman Rusinov, Norman Nato and Yob van Eutert on the prototype Aurus 01 showed the best time, winning a pole position with a new record of the French track named Paul Ricard for LMP2 class cars.
After the start, Roman Rusinov confidently held the lead, but then, due to problems with tires, the number 26 crew rolled back to the end of the first ten. Later Rusinov and his partners managed to play a number of positions. In the end, after a tense race, G-Drive Racing took fourth place, finishing on the threshold of the podium and earning 12 points.
The crew of the DragonSpeed team, consisting of Henrik Hedman, Ben Hanley and James Allen, won the race, and the racers of the teams Idec Sport Racing and Duqueine Engineering completed the podium.
“A strong start to the season for the team,” said the pilot and manager of the G-Drive Racing team Roman Rusinov. – Prototype Aurus 01 showed excellent speed – we took the first pole of the season, setting a track record. In the race in the course of the starting segment, I had problems with excessive wear of the front tires. This was due to the low temperature of the asphalt. Because of this, we lost a lot of time, but after the pit stop we managed to win back a lot of positions. Our crew didn’t have enough for the podium, but fourth place, considering all the circumstances, is a good result. My teammates had a great shift. We scored important points and demonstrated the speed of our prototype Aurus – this is the main result. Thanks to all our fans for their support. ”
The next race will be held by the G-Drive Racing team on May 4 as part of the WEC World Championships in the Belgian Spa, and the ELMS season will continue on May 12 in the Italian Monza.
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