Last weekend at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps track in Belgium hosted the fifth and penultimate stage of the season-2017 in the European series of Le Mans.
According to the results of a four-hour marathon, the crew SMP Racing #27 on the prototype Dallara P217, which are the pilots of the youth program of Egor Orudzhev and Matevos Isaakyan, climbed to the third step of the podium.
In qualifying for the SMP Racing crew became the ninth, but it was the best among all the teams that are on a Dallara chassis. Started marathon Orujov, who in the first round came in seventh place, while the second was able to rise to fifth position.
The race was full of yellow flags and appearances of the safety car the first incident happened on the 18 th minute. Some commands in this regard, decided to replay tactics, while in SMP Racing chose to stay on the track. The first pit stop the team had, as planned, in the 45th minute.
After the first pit stop Orudzhev continued his shift. In the battle for fifth place Russians closely pursued Andrea Kind of team Algarve, which eventually flew off the track.
The third wave of stops, Yegor managed to come in third place, and on the next restart and climbed to the second position. But the difference in tactics did not allow him to keep this advantage, that, however, did not prevent the crew to confidently gain a foothold in third place.
“A great race for me, — said Orujov. Driving I spent just over three hours, although initially we planned a different tactic, but the race was accompanied by a large number of incidents, the exit of the safety car and yellow flags. So of course we just changed our plans”.
Matevos Isahakyan added: “a Very good result. We encountered some technical problems during the weekend, but the team did a great job and managed to solve most of them. Pit stops also had a great. Yegor today drove most of the race and we knew that we could fight for the podium, judging by his pace, we have managed to do”.
Next, the final stage of the ELMS will take place on 22 October in Portugal.
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