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Asian Le Mans Series: the Russian driver is among the contenders for the championship

Date: March 22, 2023 Time: 22:58:24


The decisive weekend of the Asian Le Mans Series began in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, in which several Russian drivers participate at the same time. A week earlier, the winter championship began with two four-hour races at Dubai Autodrome, and for a final pair of races, the organizers chose Yas Marina, the track that traditionally hosts the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix. And the first “4 hours of Abu Dhabi” took place on Saturday, February 18.


In the general classification, the victory was taken by the drivers of the Cool Racing team: Alexandre Coigny and Malte Jacobsen, who this time competed without Nicolas Lapierre. Second and third place went to the United Autosports crews: Paul di Resta, Phil Hanson and James McGuire took silver medals, while Yasser Shaheen, Garnet Patterson and Oliver Jarvis took bronze.


Nikita Mazepin, who drove the No. 98 Oreca for the 99 Racing team along with Neil Jani and Ahmad Al Harty, was unlucky: the judge fined his crew twice. First, while overtaking Christian Bogle, Mazepin touched the pit lane entry line, and closer to the finish line, when Jani took the wheel, the team had to pit a second time for violating race limits. clue. However, at the finish line, the ektpage No. 98 runners took seventh position.


In the LMP3 category, victory also went to a two-driver crew: Nielsen Racing’s Matt Bell and Tony Wells were fifteen seconds ahead of the general classification leaders Jerome de Sadeler, Fabien Laverne and MV2S’s Russian Vyacheslav Gutak. Racing. Gutak and his teammates took the lead in qualifying after winning the first race in Dubai and have consistently finished in the top 3 ever since.

Another Russian, Alexander Bukhantsov, who plays with John Corbett and James Winslow in the Inter Europol competition, ranked 10th, ahead of RLR MSport’s Amir Feyzulin, who ranked 11th, while Vladislav Lomko qualified as 11th. 13, 30 laps back.


Lomko’s crew – Ligier No. 2 of the CD Sport team – returned to the pits already in the 21st minute of the race: after Jacques Wolf’s collision with Sebastian Alvarez of 360 ​​Racing, the mechanics had to repair the car for a long time. time, and when Vladislav got behind the wheel, there was no chance to score more points.


Al Faisal Al Zubair, Luca Stolz and Martin Konrad in the Haupt Racing Team Mercedes AMG GT3 were the strongest in the GT car classification, while Aleksey Malykhin, Yoel Sturm and Harry King, driving the Herberth Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 R , ranked second.

On the eve of the final round, DKR Engineering’s Charlie Eastwood, Ayhancan Güven and Salih Yoluch lead the overall LMP2 standings; this time they finished fourth, but with two podium finishes in Dubai, they are nine points ahead of Algarve Pro Racing and Cool. Racing crews. Other teams may also intervene in the fight for the title in this category, including Nikita Mazepin’s 99 Racing.


In the overall LMP3 standings, the Gutak crew is ten points ahead of Graff Racing and 15 points ahead of DKR Engineering. Only these two crews can stop MV2S Racing from winning the championship. Vladislav Lomko’s team -CD Sport No. 2- occupies the eighth row with 16 points.

Only three championship contenders remain in the GT standings: only the No. 7 Haupt Racing Team and No. 10 Getspeed can now overtake the No. 34 Walkenhorst Motorsport.


First race of the ALMS 4 Hours in Abu Dhabi (Top 10):

1. A. Coigny, M. Jacobsen (Cool Racing No. 37 / Oreca LMP2) – 100 laps.

2. F. Hanson, P. di Resta, D. McGuire (#22 United Autosports/Oreca LMP2) +33.128 sec.

3. Y. Shaheen, G. Patterson, O. Jarvis (#23 United Autosports/Oreca LMP2) +34.394

4. S. Yoluch, C. Eastwood, A. Guven (DKR Engineering No. 3 / Oreca LMP2) +40.730.

5. N. Siegel, C. Bogle, C. Crews (Inter Europol Competition No. 43 / Oreca LMP2) +1:02.636.

6. R. Sales, B. Henley, M. Besh (Nielsen Racing No. 24 / Oreca LMP2) +1:27.377.

7. N. Mazepin, N. Jani, A. Al Harty (99 Racing No. 98 / Oreca LMP2) +1:29.559.

8. M. Konopka, N. Pino, L. Toth (ARC Bratislava No. 44 / Oreca LMP2) +2 laps.

9. D. Falb, D. Allen, K. Simpson (Algarve Pro Racing #25/Oreca LMP2) +3 laps.

10. M. Bell, T. Wells (Nielsen Racing #45 / Ligier LMP3) +3 laps.

General make up for crews LMP2:

1. Engineering DKR No. 3 – 48 points.

2. Algarve Pro Racing No. 25 – 39.

3. Cool Racing No. 37 – 39.

4. Inter Europol Competition No. 43 – 37.

5. Nielsen Racing #24 – 35.

6. United Autosports No. 22 – 34.

7. 99 Racing No. 98 – 30.

8. United Autosports No. 23 – 27.

9. ARC Bratislava No. 44 – 12.

General make up for crews LMP3 (upper-10):

1. MV2S Racing No. 29 – 58 points.

2. Graff Racing No. 8 – 48.

3. Engineering DKR No. 5 – 43.

4. Nielsen Racing No. 4 – 33.

5. Rinaldi Racing WTM No. 11 – 30.

6. CD Deportivo No. 1 – 21.

7. Inter Europol Competition No. 73 – 17.

8. CD Deportivo No. 2 – 16.

9. Graff Racing No. 9 – 14.

10. Rinaldi Racing No. 55 – 12.


The final race of the ALMS 2023 season starts on Sunday, February 19 at 15:00 Moscow time.

Puck Henry
Puck Henry
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