OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: ELMS – 4 Hours of Estoril 2015
The Grand Finale!
This is it… the European Le Mans Series season comes to its conclusion at the historic Estoril circuit in Portugal on the 18th October. After what has been an epic, and close fought battle all season between ourselves (Greaves Motorsport), TDS and Jota Sport, it has come down to the final round with just 1 point between Team Greaves and Jota, with TDS a further 9 behind.
The team will be looking to follow up on their win at the last round in Le Castellet, some 5 weeks ago, and have been working non-stop on perfecting everything we have learnt this season in all areas of the team.
Team Greaves are looking to take their second ELMS title, the first being back in 2011.
Time Table (All local time, GMT):
Saturday : FP1 10:30am – 12:00 FP2 15:00 – 16:30
Sunday : Quali 9:30 – 9:50am RACE: 13:00 – 17:00
76 Pts – Jota Sport
75 Pts – Greaves Motorsport
66 Pts -TDS
“Well here we go, the final showdown! For me it’s all or nothing, we as a team have worked incredibly hard and had our fair share of bad luck this season. After showing such promise at Le Mans, and getting nothing back, this has really motivated our team to do everything possible to give us the chance of taking the title. It has been such a close season between the top 3 teams and in my first season of endurance racing I have loved the challenge. Personally, I would like to take this moment to thank Tim, Wendy and Jacob Greaves for the opportunity this year, and the whole team for their efforts and such a beautiful car. I of course have to thank the sponsors, Kairos Technologies, Greaves 3D Engineering and my personal sponsors, Redline Specialist Cars, My Weekend Warrior, Freem, Bell Helmets and Raceparts UK, these guys make everything possible. You can take my word that we will all be fighting to the bitter end to win this championship!”
Estoril has become a popular event on the F1 calendar, and is the setting for many well-known moments including Niki Lauda winning the 1984 championship, his third and final, from McLaren team mate Alain Prost, by just half a point by finishing second to Prost, at the1984 Portuguese Grand Prix. Three times world champion Ayrton Senna’s first F1 win in 1985, Nigel Mansell’s notorious black flag incident and subsequent collision with Senna in 1989, Jacques Villeneuve’s overtaking of Michael Schumacher around the outside of the final turn in 1996, and Riccardo Patrese being launched airborne in a near-backward flip, after colliding with Gerhard Berger on the main straight in 1992.