Three weeks after the memorable 79th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, most of the participants met again in northern Italy on 2 and 3 July for the 1000 km of Imola. Like the 1000 km of Spa which took place in May this year, this round was specific in that it counted for both the Le Mans Series Championship (4th round) and the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.
In the LMP1 category, Pescarolo team was indeed present with an entirely revised and repaired car following the serious incident when it left the track at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Accustomed to the top step of the podium in the Le Mans Series since the beginning of the season, the team led by Henri Pescarolo took 3rd place. Whereas the second step was clearly within their reach, the Pescarolo Judd was penalised and delayed owing to a wrong choice of tyres. Nevertheless, and more importantly, the Pescarolo team has kept its place as leader of the Le Mans Series Championship!
In LMP2, after its win in Le Mans, team Greaves Motorsport again stood out as the reference team by taking once again the highest step of the podium. Also supported technically by Motul, team TDS Racing nevertheless dominated the scene for four hours but a prolonged pit stop finally wiped out any chance of a podium for the French team.
In the GTE class, team Jota for its part came 7th (GTE Pro) whereas, once again, Jack Leconte's men (team Larbre Compétition) led their Corvette C6.R to the podium (3rd place of the GTE Am class).
1// Pescarolo Team – 28 pts - Motul
2// Rebellion Racing – 28 pts
3// Quifel – ASM team – 9 pts
Image : © David Reygondeau