ELMS – Red Bull Ring

4 hour race at the Red Bull Ring, and round 3 of the European Le Mans Series 2015. I was quite excited, it has been a while since I last photographed an Endurance race, it was also my first time to have the opportunity to see Le Mans prototypes in action on a race track, not to mention the all-new LMP3 class.

After the “antipasto” served by the TCR Series, the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in form of 2 great races and the great Styria weather, with only a few clouds, I was quite in the mood to take another few shots. Struggling at the beginning with my manual focus and the fact that shooting from the stands with fences and annoying poles around is not as simple as I remembered but I get more confident after a while. The atmosphere was impressive and thanks to the short layout of the track(8 turns and just 4.3km length) you had every second race cars passing in front of you, giving the impression of a much bigger starting grid.

After the flying start Felipe Albuquerque in his LMP2 JOTA Sport Gibson-Nissan pulled away from the rest of the field, setting an impressive pace, even after 2 safety car periods that neutralized his advantage he was able to regain it at each restart, giving no chance to his followers Pierre Thiriet in his TDS Racing Oreca-Nissan and Pu Jun Jin Eurasia Motorsport Oreca-Nissan to catch up. Not really impressed by the LMP3, having the same pace as the GTEs, till i remembered their purpose, indeed they serve to introduce new teams and young driver to this beautiful sport.

In the GTE class the front row was formed all by Ferrari F458 GTE, in P1 the AF Corse Ferrari of Aaron Scott followed by the AT Racing Ferrari of Alexander Talkanitsa Jr. and the JMW Motorsport Ferrari of Sam Tordoff leaving the MarcVDS Z4 GTE of Andy Priaulx in P4.

After the win in LMP2, JOTA Sport of Albuquerque/Dolan/Tincknell leads with just 2 points over Thiriet By Tds Racing of Gommendy/Badey/Thiriet. In the GTE class Formula Racing of Rizzoli/Laursen/Mac leads with 5 points over AF Corse of Scott/Cameron/Griffin.