Inter Europol Competition has won the V de V Endurance Series LM P3 title for the second year running with their #22 Ligier JS P3. After their doubles with #22-#33 at Portimao and Jarama, #22’s second place in the Estoril 6 Hours, a coefficient 2 event, was good enough to give the Polish team first place in the final overall classification of the 2017 LM P3 Endurance Championship. Six of the seven LM P3 victories this year were scored by a Ligier JS P3.
The teams had to cope with capricious weather and very difficult track conditions at the Estoril 6 Hours, the final of the V de V Endurance Series Endurance GT / Touring Car / LM P3 Challenge. The #22 Ligier JS P3 driven by Jakub Smiechowski and Hendrik Still, backed up by Nikolaj Rogivue at this event, led the hotly-contested race for more than 70 of the 184 laps and crossed the finishing line in second place, which was good enough to give Inter Europol Competition their second V de V LM P3 title on the bounce!
With the coefficients and deductions at the end of the season the suspense lasted right till the very end. Thanks to the consistent results this year of the #39 Ligier JS P3 of Eric Trouillet and Franck Gauvin and a victory at the previous round at Magny-Cours, the Graff team was in the lead when it arrived in Portugal. It finally had to make do with the runner-up spot losing out on the title by a mere 2.5 points!
An additional Ligier JS P3 joined the field for the V de V Endurance Series final for a one-off outing: #24 run by OAK Racing driven by father and son pairing Jacques and Pierre Nicolet, and Yann Clairay. They finished in the top 5 at the end of the 6-hour race, which they led for some 30 laps as well as setting the fastest lap in the race thanks to Yann Clairay who got round in 1m37.753sec.
Onroak Automotive would like to thank all the drivers and teams who have helped the Ligier JS P3 to put on scintillating performances once again this year in the V de V Endurance Series. A Ligier JS P3 won six events in the 2017 championship with three victories for Duqueine Engineering, two for Inter Europol Competition and one for Graff with the latter two teams clinching the LM P3 title and runner-up spot.
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