May 10 - 12 - 2016

Support Race to 4 Hours of Monza

LOCATION: The Royal Park, Monza near Milan

NEAREST AIRPORT: Linate (19kms) , Malpensa (68kms), Bergamo (39kms)

RACE REPORT

What an amazing experience! Aston Martin Masters Endurance Legends racing the first time with ELMS as a support race to their 4 Hours of Monza. A fantastic high-speed circuit with an amazing history, great atmosphere and excited tifosi to cheer on our grid! 

 


D’Ansembourg wins first Aston Martin Masters Endurance Legends race at Monza after titanic lead tussle with Frey

Christophe d’Ansembourg (Lola-Aston Martin DBR1-2) took the spoils in the wins first Aston Martin Masters Endurance Legends race at Monza, but was made to fight really hard for the win. The Belgian was down to fourth after the start but then charged back up to pass poleman Michel Frey (Lola-Judd B07/18) by jumping him at the pitstops. Frey then reclaimed the lead on lap 15 but D’Ansembourg fought back by re-passing the Swiss driver on lap 19.

In P2, Keith Frieser’s ORECA-Nissan 03 and Tommy Dreelan’s ORECA-GM FLM09 initially got the drop on the polesitting Lola-MG EX257 of Mike Newton, but Newton was back in front when Frieser and Dreelan ran into trouble. Down to the flag, Newton was forced to defend a narrow lead from Mark Higson’s ORECA, with Karl Pedraza and Philippe Papin taking third in another ORECA.

Despite incurring a drivethrough penalty, Hardy Woodcock’s Ferrari 458 GTE triumphed in the GT class. After a race-long fight, Stephan Jocher and Maurizio Fratti took second and third in their Porsche 996 GT3 RSRs.

Tandy takes victory in second Aston Martin Masters Endurance Legends race at Monza as lead pair clash

Steve Tandy (Lola-Mazda B12/60) took a surprise victory in the second Aston Martin Endurance Legends race at Monza, as Michel Frey (Lola-Judd B07/18) and Christophe d’Ansembourg (Lola-Aston Martin DBR1-2) clashed while fighting over the lead. The Belgian was out on the spot, and although Frey crossed the line in first, a 25-second penalty for the incident dropped him down to third behind Tandy and the Peugeot 908 of Kriton Lendoudis.

Mike Cantillon’s Pescarolo-Judd 01 ran third for most of the race but at the stops was pushed down to fifth behind Tandy and Lendoudis. The Briton then disposed of Lendoudis but his effort of moving past Tandy failed. As a result, Lendoudis moved back up in front of him. Jamie Constable did well to get his Pescarolo 01 up to sixth after starting from the back.

Mike Newton reigned surpreme in P2, doubling up in his MG-Lola EX257 after his class win in race 1. This time, he was followed home by Keith Frieser’s ORECA-Nissan 03 and Tommy Dreelan’s ORECA-GM FLM09. In the GT class, Hardy Woodcock also completed a double, taking his Ferrari 458 GTE to another win, heading the Porsche 996 GT3 RSRs of Stephan Jocher and Maurizio Fratti.


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