ELMS Is Back. Watch Qualifying Live From Barcelona
The European Le Mans Series is back after it’s long mid-season break and here’s some facts and figures about the series history at Barcelona.
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya first hosted a round of the European Le Mans Series in 2019. Due to Covid-19 restrictions the race was not held in 2020 and returned as the season opener in 2021. This season will mark the third edition of the 4 Hours of Barcelona.
- The first race in 2019 was round 3 of the six-race season.The first edition of the 4 Hours of Barcelona was won by the no26 G-Drive Racing of Job Van Uitert, Jean-Eric Vergne and Roman Rusinov.
- The LMP3 winners in 2019 were Martin Hippe and Nigel Moore in the no13 Inter Europol Competition Ligier-Nissan
- The LMGTE Winners in 2019 were Alessandro Pier Guidi, Nicklas Nielsen and Fabien Lavergne in the no51 Luzich Racing Ferrari 488 GTE EVO.
- In 2019 the pole positions were secured by –
o LMP2: Paul Loup Chatin – no28 IDEC Sport – 1m32.765
o LMP3: Mikkel Jensen – no11 Eurointernational – 1m40.371
o LMGTE: Andrea Piccini – no60 Kessel Racing – 1m43.084
- The second edition of the 4 Hours of Barcelona was held on 18 April 2021 and was won by the no41 Orlen Team WRT Oreca-Gibson of Louis Deletraz, Robert Kubica and Yifei Ye on the teams ELMS debut.
- The LMP3 class was won by the no19 Cool Racing Ligier of Nicolas Maulini, Matt Bell and Niklas Kruetten.
- The LMGTE class was won by the no80 Iron Lynx Ferrari of Matteo Cressoni, Rino Mastronardi and Spain’s Miguel Molina.
- In 2021 the pole positions were secured by –
o LMP2: Nyck de Vries – no26 G-Drive Racing – 1m31.788
o LMP3: Duncan Tappy – no3 United Autosports – 1m39.162
o LMGTE: Gianmaria Bruni – no77 Proton Competition – 1m41.892
- There are 9 previous winners of the 4 Hours of Barcelona taking part in the 2022 edition of the race –
o Job Van Uitert (no65 Panis Racing) – 2019 LMP2
o Nicklas Nielsen (no88 AF Corse) – 2019 LMGTE
o Louis Deletraz (no9 Prema Racing) – 2021 LMP2
o Yifei Ye (no37 Cool Racing) – 2021 LMP2
o Matt Bell (no24 Nielsen Racing) – 2021 LMP3
o Niklas Kruetten (no37 Cool Racing) – 2021 LMP3
o Nicolas Maulini (no27 Cool Racing) – 2021 LMP3
o Matteo Cressoni (no60 Iron Lynx) – 2021 LMGTE
o Miguel Molina (no66 JMW Motorsport) – 2021 LMGTE
- The current lap records were all set on 18 April 2021
o LMP2 – Roman RUSINOV – 1m35.797 – 175.7kph
o LMP3 – Laurents HÖRR – 1m41.441 – 165.9kph
o LMGTE – Gianmaria BRUNI – 1m44.700 – 160.7kph
- The fastest ELMS lap recorded at Barcelona was set on 17 April 2021
o Nyck DE VRIES – 1m31.788 – 183.4kph – LMP2 Qualifying
The 4 Hours of Barcelona is Round 4 of the 2022 European Le Mans Series and it will be held on Sunday 28 August.