Silverstone ELMS: Oliver Turvey and Jota win as rain truncates race

Oliver Turvey took victory on his prototype debut as he and Jota Sport co-driver Simon Dolan won a rain-shortened European Le Mans Series opener at Silverstone

Silverstone ELMS: Oliver Turvey and Jota win as rain truncates race

Heavy rain and a near-flooded track forced the safety car out of the pits with 90 minutes of the scheduled three hours gone, at which point Dolan lay second behind the leading TDS ORECA-Nissan of Jonathan Hirschi.

But with Hirschi pitting under the safety car to hand his car over to Pierre Thiriet and dropping to third, and the red flags then being shown once the two-thirds distance mark (the minimum requirement for the awarding of full points), Jota's victory was assured.

Turvey started the race from pole position, but was passed by the Alpine-Nissan of Nelson Panciatici early on the opening lap.

Both were overhauled by the Murphy Prototypes ORECA-Nissan of Brendon Hartley and Franck Mailleux in Morand Racing's Morgan-Judd during the early stages.

But a spin into the gravel for Hartley at Stowe, followed by a spin at Chapel for Mailleux while lapping ProSpeed Competition's GTE Porsche, delayed both cars significantly and handed Turvey back the lead.

Dolan spun and made light contact with the wall approaching Vale shortly after taking over driving duties from Turvey, but was still able to take advantage when the TDS car pitted.

The Race Performance Lola also made it past at the same time; GP3 racer Patric Niederhauser and Michel Frey taking second place overall.

Proton Competition won the GTE class with its Porsche that was anchored by factory driver Nick Tandy and also campaigned - under safety-car conditions only - by Gianluca Roda.

After falling behind the Ram Racing Ferraris after the initial pitstops, Tandy was able to move back into the lead as the weather deteriorated.

Matt Griffin and Johnny Mowlem finished second in their Ram Ferrari with Gunnar Jeanette and Franck Montecalvo third in the sister car.

Victory in the GTC class went to the Barwell-run Ecurie Ecosse BMW, driven by Ollie Millroy, Andrew Smith and Alasdair McCaig while Anthony Pons and Soheil Ayari won in the one-make LMPC category, despite an early spin.

Results - 48 laps (red-flagged):

Pos  Cl   Drivers                    Team/Car                         Time/Gap
 1.  P2   Dolan/Turvey               Jota Zytek-Nissan            2h15m22.561s
 2.  P2   Frey/Niederhauser          Race Performance ORECA-Judd      + 4.619s
 3.  P2   Thiriet/Hirschi            TDS ORECA-Nissan                 + 5.485s
 4.  P2   Ragues/Panciatici          Signatech Alpine-Nissan       + 3m54.005s
 5.  GTE  Ried/Roda/Tandy            Proton Porsche                + 4m00.704s
 6.  GTE  Mowlem/Griffin             RAM Ferrari                       + 1 lap
 7.  GTE  Jeanette/Montecalvo        RAM Ferrari                       + 1 lap
 8.  GTE  Bertolini/Camathias        JMW Ferrari                       + 1 lap
 9.  PC   Pons/Ayari                 ORECA FLM                        + 2 laps
10.  GTC  Millroy/Smith/McCaig       Ecosse BMW                       + 2 laps
11.  P2   Briere/Dagoneau/Hatshorne  Boutsen ORECA-Nissan             + 2 laps
12.  GTE  Perrodo/Collard/Crubile    Prospeed Porsche                 + 2 laps
13.  GTC  Rizzoli/Gai/Case           AF Ferrari                       + 2 laps
14.  GTE  Milesi/Henzler             IMSA Porsche                     + 4 laps
15.  P2   Porta/Brandela/Raffin      DKR Lola-Judd                    + 5 laps
16.  GTE  Perazzini/Cioci/Leo        AF Ferrari                       + 5 laps
17.  GTE  Mallegol/Bachelier/Blank   AF Ferrari                       + 6 laps
18.  P2   Hartley/Patterson          Murphy ORECA-Nissan              + 7 laps
19.  PC   Loup Chatin/Hirsch         ORECA FLM                       + 11 laps

Retirements:

     GTC  Bader/Derdaele/Giermaziak  Megatron Audi                     33 laps
     P2   Dyson/Marsal               Greaves Zytek-Nissan              23 laps
     P2   Gachnang/Mailleux          Morand Morgan-Judd                22 laps
     PC   Loan/Lecuyer               ORECA FLM                          0 laps
shares
comments
Silverstone WEC: Toyota confirmed on pole as times unravelled
Previous article

Silverstone WEC: Toyota confirmed on pole as times unravelled

Next article

WEC drivers slam new, 'dangerous' qualifying format

WEC drivers slam new, 'dangerous' qualifying format
The problem sausage kerbs continue to cause Plus

The problem sausage kerbs continue to cause

Track limits are the problem that motorsport doesn't seem to be able to rid itself of. But the use of so-called 'sausage kerbs' as a deterrent has in several instances only served to worsen the problem, and a growing number of voices want to see action taken

Formula 1
Jul 18, 2022
The history lessons Peugeot should have learned on its return Plus

The history lessons Peugeot should have learned on its return

The Peugeot 9X8 will make its World Endurance Championship debut at Monza this weekend. The French manufacturer has gone radical and will be hoping it doesn’t need to overhaul its contender, as it did with its first Le Mans challenger…

WEC
Jul 8, 2022
Why Peugeot's sportscar return will capture the imagination Plus

Why Peugeot's sportscar return will capture the imagination

OPINION: Peugeot will make its World Endurance Championship debut at Monza this weekend with the 9X8 Le Mans Hypercar that has ignored design conventions by eschewing a rear wing. Its distinctive look will help sportscar racing appeal to fresh audiences as a new golden era is ushered in

WEC
Jul 7, 2022
How Formula E's double-duty drivers influenced their Le Mans teams' fortunes Plus

How Formula E's double-duty drivers influenced their Le Mans teams' fortunes

Eight Formula E drivers made the 7,000-mile sprint from the streets of Jakarta to the fabled Circuit de la Sarthe and every one had a story to share at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours. Despite a range of triumphs and disappointments, each driver doubling up on the day job played a key role in their teams' fortunes

Le Mans
Jun 14, 2022
How an Italian junior formula giant is readying for its Le Mans future Plus

How an Italian junior formula giant is readying for its Le Mans future

Prema remains a colossus in single-seaters, but the serial Formula 2 and Formula 3 title-winning squad has joined forces with top GT squad Iron Lynx for an attack on sportscars in the World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series. Ahead of its debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours, its sights are firmly fixed on LMP2 glory – and a future in Hypercars next year...

Le Mans
Jun 8, 2022
The British rookies targeting a good first impression at Le Mans Plus

The British rookies targeting a good first impression at Le Mans

Three young Britons will make their first starts in the Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend in the highly-competitive 23-car GTE Am field. But how did they get here? Autosport hears their stories.

Le Mans
Jun 7, 2022
The wingless wonder Peugeot hopes will restore it to Le Mans glory Plus

The wingless wonder Peugeot hopes will restore it to Le Mans glory

Peugeot went radical with the initial plan for its Le Mans Hypercar project, and then stuck to its guns. Here’s how things are shaping up a few weeks before the debut of the 9X8 in next month's Monza World Endurance Championship round

WEC
Jun 1, 2022
How Toyota’s sole survivor turned the tables at Spa Plus

How Toyota’s sole survivor turned the tables at Spa

After a chastening opening to the season at Sebring that ended in an enormous accident, Toyota's #7 crew got their World Endurance Championship underway with victory at a treacherously slippery Spa to make up for its sister car's Sebring defeat to Alpine, as Glickenhaus's promising qualifying turned to disaster in the race

WEC
May 9, 2022