Crowdstrike by APR drivers Malthe Jakobsen, Colin Braun and George Kurtz capitalised on a nightmare weekend for pre-event LMP2 factors leaders 99 Racing at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit, taking victory within the opener with canny pitstop timing earlier than securing the title with fifth within the second race gained by their stablemates Toby Sowery, Freddie Tomlinson and Chris McMurry.
Jakobsen, Braun and Kurtz’s victory within the opener had appeared unbelievable when Kurtz spun on the exit of the resort advanced and misplaced an enormous period of time getting the automobile pointed in the precise course by way of visitors.
The automobile had received again to 3rd earlier than pink flags flew for a crash involving Ben Tuck’s TF Sport Aston Martin and Riccardo Pera’s GR Ferrari. Pitting below the protection automobile meant it might tackle a shorter fill at its remaining cease instantly because the race resumed, vaulting Jakobsen forward of the AF Corse machine of Matthieu Vaxiviere, Alessio Rovera and Francois Perrodo.
In the meantime, the 99 automobile during which Filipe Albuquerque changed an unwell Nikita Mazepin had retired after poleman Ahmad Al Harthy rear-ended Alex Malykhin’s Pure Rxcing Porsche below the protection automobile.
The injury was sufficient to require a brand new tub to be ready for race two, however regardless of as soon as extra ranging from pole the ORECA additionally pushed by Louis Deletraz was by no means in competition as a consequence of gearbox issues and completed two laps down in eleventh.
Race 1 begin
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The 99 group’s plight meant that Crowdstrike by APR’s eventful second race did not show too pricey. Kurtz had tangled with Perrodo initially when Paul-Loup Chatin appeared on his inside at Flip 2, inflicting a puncture that put the AF automobile an eventual 4 laps down.
After being issued a drive-through for his contact on Kurtz, Alpine Hypercar racer Chatin was later within the wars with the EBM Porsche of Setiawan Santoso, their high-speed affect at Flip 11 triggering a pink flag simply as McMurry’s APR ORECA pitted from the lead.
That meant it might full the restarted race on solely two extra stops.
Jakobsen was set for a podium till he was pressured to pit for a late splash-and-dash, however a swathe of post-race penalties together with for the Nielsen Racing ORECA of Ferdinand Habsburg, Alex Garcia and Ian Loggie that completed second on the highway however was given a drive time infringement, lifted it again to fifth.
After the frustration of getting its first race curtailed by the contact from Al Harthy, Malykhin, Joel Sturm and Klaus Bachler secured the Le Mans auto-invite afforded to the GT championship-winning outfit by taking second in race two.
#91 Pure Rxcing Porsche 911 GT3 R: Alex Malykhin, Klaus Bachler, Joel Sturm
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Triple Eight’s Mercedes pushed by Luca Stolz, Jordan Love and Prince Jefri Ibrahim claimed each wins, inheriting the second after a stint size penalty denied Leipert’s Lamborghini of Brendon Leitch, Marco Mapelli and Gabriel Rindone.
The LMP3 championship was additionally determined in Abu Dhabi, though no Le Mans invitation for the champion was awarded this 12 months.
The CD Sport Ligier of Michael Jensen, Nick Adcock and Fabien Lavergne gained the opener to arrange a winner-takes-all showdown with Cool Racing title rivals James Winslow and Alexander Bukhantsov, who have been sharing with Manuel Espirito Santo.
However when Lavergne handed Excessive Class Racing’s Seth Lucas off the monitor, moments after being spun by the American, he earned a penalty that dropped him behind the title-winning Cool instance that completed second in school.
Victory in race two went to the Bretton Racing Ligier of Dan Skocdopole, Julien Gerbi and Ioan Mihnea Stefan.