Mikko Jalonen, ELMS correspondent
Nancy Knapp Schilke, Editor in Chief
Nelson Panciatici and Pierre Ragues were crowned 2013 ELMS Champions despite finishing 4th overall. Gary Hirsch and Paul Loup Chatin earned the LMPC title while Matt Griffin and Johnny Mowlem grabbed the LMGTE championship.
Mathias Beche and Pierre Thiriet were the victors in their ORECAO3 in Spielberg, Austria for the third round of the European Le Mans Series at the Red Bull Ring.
The 20-minute qualifying session at Imola took place under blue skies.
The all Swiss Race Performance team finished the opening day of the European Le Mans Series event at the Red Bull Ring with Patric Niederhauser setting the fastest lap time.
The defending champions maintain their advantage to cross the finish line first and in the process take their second consecutive win in the ELMS.
Driving the ORECA 03 entered by Thiriet by TDS Racing, the two men Pierre Thiriet and Mathias Beche took the 3 Hours of Imola victory.