Euro­pean sportscar ti­tles for both Jota Sport and Beechdean AMR as ELMS sea­son ends

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Two Bri­tish crews cel­e­brated suc­cess in last week­end’s Euro­pean Le Mans Series fi­nale, with Jota Sport and Beechdean AMR both claim­ing ti­tles.

The G-drive-backed Jota team con­trolled the four-hour sea­son fi­nale at Es­to­ril, with the crew of ex-f1 driver Giedo van der Garde and Brits Si­mon Dolan and Harry Tinck­nell’s vic­tory over­turn­ing a 13-point deficit to the TDS Rac­ing ORECA team in the LMP2 cham­pi­onship.

TDS had stayed in the hunt un­til trou­ble hit at its se­cond pit­stop when Ryo Hi­rakawa suf­fered a lengthy de­lay for a tech­ni­cal is­sue and dropped down the field.

Tinck­nell, who also cel­e­brated his first win with Ford’s FIA World En­durance Cham­pi­onship team re­cently, said: “What a two weeks it’s been. We had bad luck in both pro­grammes but this shows that if you keep work­ing hard and keep your be­lief then things can hap­pen. Be­ing ELMS cham­pi­ons has a nice ring to it.”

Ex-bri­tish GT ti­tle-win­ning team Beechdean AMR cel­e­brated suc­cess in the GTE Class dur­ing its first full ELMS sea­son. The team of An­drew Howard, Alex Mac­dowall and Dar­ren Turner cap­i­talised on dis­as­ter for ri­val squad JMW Mo­tor­sport to take the win and the ti­tle.

JMW’S trio of Rory Butcher, Rob Smith and An­drea Ber­tolini were lead­ing un­til gear­box

G-drive Jota won LMP ti­tle, as Beechdean (in­set) shocked

Jota crew took LMP2 crown

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