ELMS teams complete 2016 Paul Ricard testing


A total of 42 cars from three classes were present at the 2016 European Le Mans Series test held at Paul Ricard, with Frenchman Olivier Pla setting the fastest time overall in the Krohn Racing Ligier.

Pla, who recently claimed pole position at the 12 Hours of Sebring, set a 1:48.100s in the very first session to put the Nissan-powered Ligier JS P2 at the top of the timesheets.

His fastest lap was five hundredths of a second under the best time posted at last year’s prologue by Nathanael Berthon.

Four different LMP2 chassis occupied the top five places at the end of the two-day test, with Pierre Thiriet pedalling the Thiriet by TDS Racing Oreca 05-Nissan to a 1:48.297 in second.

Third quickest was the Greaves Motorsport Ligier JS P2-Nissan on a 1:48.596 set by Memo Rojas, while SMP Racing’s BR01-Nissan finished fourth with Stefano Coletti registering a 1:48.745 to top the night session.

The Gibson 015S-Nissan bearing the G-Drive/Jota Sport partnership ended the test in the top five thanks to a 1:49.004 lap from Harry Tincknell.

Full results below.

The vast majority of LMP3 entries finished above the GTE field in the overall order. Of the 21 cars that took part it was the #2 United Autosports Ligier JS P3 that led the way with Alex Brundle at the wheel. Brundle set a 1:53.364 in the opening session and would not be beaten all test with the closest challenge coming from Simon Gauchet in the Panis/Barthez Competition Ligier at 1:53.980.

United Autosports’ sister car also occupied the sharp end of the class and ended the test third. Two French entries from Duqueine Engineering and Graff completed the top five.

LMGTE featured seven cars and was topped by a quartet of Ferrari 458 Italias. AF Corse’s Marco Cioci recorded the fastest lap of the test with a 1:57.252 aboard the #51 machine, going 0.34s quicker than Matt Griffin in the sister #55 car.

Third overall was JMW Motorsport’s Andrea Bertolini, with Alessandro Pier Guidi taking fourth for AT Racing.

The highest non-Ferrari entry was the Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR, which in the hands of Renger van der Zande set a best time of 1:57.765. Van der Zande was able to put the Porsche ahead of the title-defending Formula Racing Ferrari and the Aston Martin Racing Vantage.

2016 ELMS Testing Results

1LMP240Krohn RacingLigier JS P2-Nissan1:48.100-
2LMP246Thiriet by TDS RacingOreca 05-Nissan1:48.297+0.197
3LMP241Greaves MotorsportLigier JS P2-Nissan1:48.596+0.496
4LMP232SMP RacingBR01-Nissan1:48.745+0.645
5LMP238G-Drive RacingGibson 015S-Nissan1:49.004+0.904
6LMP225Algarve Pro RacingLigier JS P2-Nissan1:49.368+1.263
7LMP248Murphy PrototypesOreca 03R-Nissan1:49.458+1.358
8LMP223Panis Barthez CompetitionLigier JS P2-Nissan1:49.552+1.452
9LMP228IDEC Sport RacingLigier JS P2-Judd1:49.560+1.460
10LMP222So24! by Lombard RacingLigier JS P2-Judd1:49.682+1.582
11LMP229Pegasus RacingMorgan Nissan1:49.736+1.636
12LMP233Eurasia MotorsportOreca 05-Nissan1:50.349+2.249
13LMP234Race PerformanceOreca 03R-Judd1:50.624+2.524
14CDNT84SRT41 by OAK RacingMorgan Nissan1:51.417+3.317
15LMP32United AutosportsLigier JS P3-Nissan1:53.364+5.264
16LMP316Panis Barthez CompetitionLigier JS P3-Nissan1:53.908+5.808
17LMP33United AutosportsLigier JS P3-Nissan1:53.974+5.874
18LMP319Duquiene EngineeringLigier JS P2-Nissan1:54.067+5.967
19LMP39GraffLigier JS P3-Nissan1:54.234+6.134
20LMP321Kox RacingLigier JS P3-Nissan1:54.511+6.411
21LMP310GraffLigier JS P3-Nissan1:54.665+6.565
22LMP311EurointernationalLigier JS P3-Nissan1:54.908+6.808
23LMP318M.Racing-YMRLigier JS P3-Nissan1:55.043+6.943
24LMP37Villorba CorseLigier JS P3-Nissan1:55.121+7.021
25LMP320Duquiene EngineeringLigier JS P3-Nissan1:55.277+7.177
26LMP317UltimateLigier JS P3-Nissan1:55.326+7.226
27LMP35By Speed FactoryLigier JS P3-Nissan1:55.399+7.299
28LMP36360 RacingLigier JS P3-Nissan1:55.724+7.624
29LMP315RLR MsportLigier JS P3-Nissan1:55.741+7.641
30LMP313Inter Europol CompetitionLigier JS P3-Nissan1:56.330+8.230
31LMP38Race PerformanceLigier JS P3-Nissan1:56.496+8.396
32LMP314Murphy P3-Dimensional.comRiley AR-2 Nissan1:57.132+9.032
33LMGTE51AF CorseFerrari 458 Italia1:57.252+9.152
34LMP326ARC BratislavaGinetta-Nissan1:57.323+9.223
35LMGTE55AF CorseFerrari 458 Italia1:57.592+9.492
36LMGTE66JMW MotorsportFerrari 458 Italia1:57.622+9.522
37LMP324OAK RacingLigier JS P3-Nissan1:57.721+9.621
38LMGTE56AT RacingFerrari 458 Italia1:57.740+9.640
39LMGTE77Proton CompetitionPorsche 911 RSR1:57.765+9.665
40LMGTE60Formula RacingFerrari 458 Italia1:58.126+10.026
41LMP34OAK RacingLigier JS P3-Nissan1:58.877+10.777
42LMGTE99Aston Martin RacingAston Martin Vantage2:00.124+12.024