Most, Czech Republic, 5th August The Gulf Audi R8 of Stefan Johansson and Patrick LemariÃ© secured its maiden victory today, in round four of the European Le Mans Series at Autodrom Most. In front of a partisan crowd of 31,000, the Gulf car ...
Most, Czech Republic, 5th August
The Gulf Audi R8 of Stefan Johansson and Patrick Lemarié secured its maiden victory today, in round four of the European Le Mans Series at Autodrom Most. In front of a partisan crowd of 31,000, the Gulf car beat off the challenge of local hero Tomas Enge in the Panoz LMP1 Roadster S to secure an emphatic win by four laps after 2h45m of racing. The Johansson Motorsports team now has an unassailable lead in the European Le Mans Series and Stefan Johansson is crowned driver champion. After the disappointment of Estoril where the car was shunted off the track whilst leading with just 30 minutes of the 6 hour race remaining, the victory generated as much relief as it did excitement. For BAR test driver Patrick Lemarié this was his first sportscar win "it's a great feeling to be on the top step of the podium, it is my debut sportscar victory and Stefans first win since 1997. It was a great circuit and the car ran faultlessly. It was a real team performance and tonight we will all savour the moment." The team effort was emphasised at the first pitstop when despite changing drivers and four new tyres along with a fuel stop, the car left the pits 26 seconds quicker than its nearest rival.
Throughout the weekend a lucky horseshoe featured on the familiar Gulf racing colours of powder blue and orange. Stefan explains "apparently John Wyer did a similar thing on the Gulf GT40 during 1968, when luck appeared to desert the team. The Gulf GT40 won its next outing at Watkins Glen and the rest is history. We felt that the luck had deserted us and we were ready to try anything. It seemed to work, and we look forward to competing for honours in our next race at Laguna Seca."
For Gulf Oil, Vasant Bharath, Vice President - Global Brand Development, "this is a very proud day for all of us at Gulf Oil. Once again a Gulf branded sportscar has taken the chequered flag. We are delighted for the drivers and all the team personnel, they are highly professional and have worked so hard throughout the season. Winning the European Le Mans Series is the latest chapter in Gulf's rich motorsport heritage and we are all very proud of the achievement."
The team now travel to the USA to compete at Laguna Seca, California in the American Le Mans Series over the weekend of the 8th / 9th September. <pre> Result - European Le Mans Series, Round Four - Most, Czech Republic
Position - Car Number - Class - Team - Car - Drivers - Laps Completed 1 - 7 - LMP900 - Johansson Motorsports - Audi R8 - Johansson / Lemarié - 117 2 - 38 - LMP675 - Racing Organisation Course - Reynard 2KQ - LMP675 - Gene / Pillon - 113 3 - 9 - LMP900 - Lanesra Racing - Panoz LMP 1 Roadster S - Enge / Janis - 111 4 - 41 - GTS - RML - Saleen S7R - McKellar / Lambert - 106 5 - 60 - GT - PK Sport - Porsche 911 GT3 RS - Youles / Liddell - 102 6 - 64 - GT - Sebah - Porsche 911 GT3 R - Hayden / Earle - 101 7 - 65 - GT - Paco Orti Team - Porsche 911 GT3 R - Orti / Kaufmann - 99 8 - 73 - GT - Skea Racing International - Porsche GT3 R - Dean / Anapoli - 99
Fastest Lap P. Lemarié - Gulf Audi R8 1:21.025