2014 European Le Mans Series
|2014 European Le Mans Series|
The 2014 European Le Mans Series season was the tenth season of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest's European Le Mans Series. It was the third 24 Hours of Le Mans-based series created by the ACO, following the Asian Le Mans Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship. The five-event season began at Silverstone Circuit, in conjunction with the FIA World Endurance Championship, from 18–19 April and ended at Autódromo do Estoril on 19 October.
In the lead LMP2 class, five different teams won the five races that were held during the 2014 season. However, it was Signatech Alpine and their triumvirate of Paul-Loup Chatin, Nelson Panciatici and Oliver Webb that won the respective titles; they won the race at the Red Bull Ring, and ultimately won the championship by four points from the Jota Sport trio Filipe Albuquerque, Simon Dolan and Harry Tincknell, who won at Imola. Third place in the championship went to Le Castellet winners Gary Hirsch and Christian Klien for Newblood by Morand Racing. Other race winners included Pierre Ragues – who was part of the Hirsch-Klien Le Castellet entry – having joined the team mid-season, Sébastien Loeb Racing duo Vincent Capillaire and Jimmy Eriksson were winners at Estoril, while the opening race at Silverstone was won by Thiriet by TDS Racing, with their drivers Ludovic Badey, Tristan Gommendy and Pierre Thiriet.
In the GTE class, SMP Racing and their drivers Andrea Bertolini, Viktor Shaitar and Sergey Zlobin took their respective titles with a final round victory at Estoril while the pre-race championship leaders AF Corse, with drivers Duncan Cameron and Matt Griffin struggled in the race; having led by 21 points going into the race, Cameron and Griffin eventually lost the title by 3.5 points to Bertolini, Shaitar and Zlobin. The teams shared all five wins during the season; SMP Racing won two races, while AF Corse won three, with Cameron and Griffin being joined by Michele Rugolo for the victories; however, as Rugolo missed the Imola event, he finished six points behind them in the championship.
SMP Racing also took the honours in the GTC class, as Olivier Beretta, Devi Markozov and Anton Ladygin finished all five races on the podium – with a victory at Le Castellet – to take class honours by 15.5 points ahead of Formula Racing duo Johnny Laursen and Mikkel Mac, who won with Andrea Piccini at Imola. Third in the class championship went to another SMP Racing entry, with drivers Kirill Ladygin, Aleksey Basov and Luca Persiani, who won the race at the Red Bull Ring. Other race victories went to Team Ukraine at Silverstone with drivers Andrii Kruglyk, Sergey Chukanov and Alessandro Pier Guidi, and BMW Sport Trophy Marc VDS at Estoril, with their trio of Bas Leinders, Markus Palttala and Henry Hassid.
The top class continued to be LMP2, where a car of 2–3 drivers had to include at least one silver or bronze-ranking driver. GTE and GTC cars had to include one bronze and silver driver or two bronze drivers. Finally, LMPC was not a part of the 2014 season. Unlike in 2013, tyre warming was allowed in the 2014 season.
The provisional calendar was announced during the final round of the 2013 European Le Mans Series season at Circuit Paul Ricard. However, to avoid date clashes with the FIA World Endurance Championship, a revised schedule was released, with rounds 2 and 5 being moved back one week. The first round was held alongside the first round of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship season at Silverstone Circuit. Additionally, all races lasted an hour longer than in 2013, from three hours to four.
|1||4 Hours of Silverstone||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, United Kingdom||19 April|
|2||4 Hours of Imola||Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy||18 May|
|3||4 Hours of Red Bull Ring||Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria||20 July|
|4||4 Hours of Le Castellet||Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France||14 September|
|5||4 Hours of Estoril||Autódromo do Estoril, Estoril, Portugal||19 October|
The entry list was announced on February 13. It featured 42 cars, comprising 13 LMP2, 13 GTE and 16 GTC:
- LMP2 featured four Orecas (Boutsen Ginion, Sébastien Loeb, Race Performance and Murphy), three Zyteks (Greaves, Jota and Caterham), three Morgans (Pegasus, Morand and Larbre), two Alpines (Signatech) and a Ligier (Thiriet by TDS).
- GTE featured 8 Ferraris (AF Corse, AT Racing, JMW and Kessel), four Porsches (IMSA, Gulf and Crubilé) and an Aston Martin (Gulf).
- GTC featured 11 Ferraris (AF Corse, SMP, SOFREV-ASP, Formula and Ukraine), two McLarens (ART), a Porsche (Pro GT by Almeras) and a BMW (Barwell).
|AF Corse||Ferrari F458 Italia||Ferrari 4.5 L V8||M||54||Marco Cioci||All|
|Michele Rugolo||1, 3–5|
|AT Racing||Ferrari F458 Italia||Ferrari 4.5 L V8||M||56||Pierre Kaffer||All|
|Alexander Talkanitsa, Sr.||All|
|Alexander Talkanitsa, Jr.||1–3, 5|
|Team Sofrev ASP||Ferrari F458 Italia||Ferrari 4.5 L V8||M||58||Soheil Ayari||All|
|JMW Motorsport||Ferrari F458 Italia||Ferrari 4.5 L V8||M||66||Daniel McKenzie||All|
|Daniel Zampieri||1–2, 5|
|IMSA Performance Matmut||Porsche 911 GT3 RSR||Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6||M||67||Éric Hélary||All|
|SMP Racing||Ferrari F458 Italia||Ferrari 4.5 L V8||M||72||Andrea Bertolini||All|
|Proton Competition||Porsche 911 GT3 RSR||Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6||M||77||Horst Felbermayr, Jr.||3|
|Horst Felbermayr, Sr.||3|
|Kessel Racing||Ferrari F458 Italia||Ferrari 4.5 L V8||M||80||Michał Broniszewski||1–2, 4–5|
|Giacomo Piccini||1–2, 4–5|
|Crubilé Sport||Porsche 997 GT3 RSR||Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6||M||82||Emmanuel Collard||1–2|
|Gulf Racing UK||Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE||Aston Martin 4.5 L V8||M||85||Daniel Brown||All|
|Porsche 911 GT3 RSR[N 3]
Porsche 911 RSR[N 4]
|Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6||86||Adam Carroll||All|
|Ben Barker||1–2, 4–5|
|Sébastien Loeb Racing||Audi R8 LMS ultra||Audi 5.2 L V10||M||51||Henry Hassid||1|
|SMP Racing||Ferrari 458 Italia GT3||Ferrari 4.5 L V8||M||57||Maurizio Mediani||2–5|
|Team Sofrev ASP||Ferrari 458 Italia GT3||Ferrari 4.5 L V8||M||59||Jean-Philippe Belloc||All|
|Pascal Gibon||1–2, 4–5|
|Formula Racing||Ferrari 458 Italia GT3||Ferrari 4.5 L V8||M||60||Johnny Laursen||All|
|Jan Magnussen||1, 3–5|
|AF Corse||Ferrari 458 Italia GT3||Ferrari 4.5 L V8||M||62||Jean-Marc Bachelier||1–2|
|94||Francesco Castellacci||2, 4|
|Thomas Flohr||2, 4|
|95||Adrien De Leener||All|
|Prospeed Competition||Porsche 911 GT3-R||Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6||M||75||Gilles Vannelet||All|
|Maxime Soulet||1–2, 5|
|Paul van Splunteren||1–2|
|Max van Splunteren||3–5|
|Team Russia by Barwell||BMW Z4 GT3||BMW 4.4 L V8||M||78||Jonny Cocker||All|
|BMW Sport Trophy Marc VDS||BMW Z4 GT3||BMW 4.4 L V8||M||87||Henry Hassid||5|
|Ombra Racing||Ferrari 458 Italia GT3||Ferrari 4.5 L V8||M||92||Mario Cordoni||4–5|
|Pro GT by Almeras||Porsche 997 GT3-R||Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6||M||93||Franck Perera||1–4|
|Eric Dermont||1–2, 4|
|Lucas Lasserre||1–2, 4|
|Team Ukraine||Ferrari 458 Italia GT3||Ferrari 4.5 L V8||M||96||Sergey Chukanov||1|
|Alessandro Pier Guidi||1|
|ART Grand Prix||McLaren MP4-12C GT3||McLaren 3.8 L Turbo V8||M||98||Grégoire Demoustier||All|
- Rounds 1–2.
- Rounds 3–5.
- Rounds 1–3.
- Rounds 4–5.