The fourth round of the 2017 European Le Mans Series was held on the Le Castellet circuit this weekend and two Ligier JS P217s finished in the top 5.
After crossing the line in third place at the end of the 4-hour race the Ligier JS P217 driven by Will Owen, Hugo de Sadeleer and Filipe Albuquerque was hit with a penalty for not respecting the speed limit during a Full Course Yellow. The no. 32 Ligier JS P217 entered by United Autosports, which had put on a great comeback after being tagged by another car at the start, ended the day in fifth position. Because of its victories at Silverstone and the Red Bull Ring it is still in second place overall thanks to the points scored for fifth in France , 12 points behind the leader, G-Drive Racing.
In the LM P3 race 13 Ligier JS P3s were up against four Norma M30s and the result was an intense closely-fought race. The Ligier JS P3s filled the first 10 places in the category. In the South of France the no. 2 Ligier JS P3 of John Falb and Sean Rayhall, scored its second win in 2017 helping United Autosports to consolidate its first place in LM P3 with a 12-point lead over its closest pursuers.
At the end of a action-packed race, they took the flag in front of the M. Racing – YMR team which, with the no. 18 Ligier JS P3 driven by Alexandre Cougnaud, Antoine Jung and Romano Ricci, clinched its hat trick of LM P3 podium finishes!
Panis-Barthez Compétition also had a good meeting for their home race. The no. 23 Ligier JS P217 in the hands of Fabien Barthez, Timothé Buret and Nathanaël Berthon sealed a fourth-place finish, its best result so far, and the no. 16 Ligier JS P3 of Eric Debard, Simon Gachet and Theo Bean broke into the top 5 in LM P3.
Inter Europol Competition also put on a scintillating performance and scored its first podium finish in the ELMS with the no. 13 Ligier JS P3 of Jakub Smiechowski and Martin Hippe coming home second.