Panis Racing wins the 4 Hours of Imola

Panis Racing won the 4 Hours of Imola this Sunday with Charles Milesi, Arthur Leclerc and Manuel Maldonado. This is the second victory in ELMS for the French team after Monza in 2021.

Published on 07/07/2024 à 15:36

Valentin GLO

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Panis Racing wins the 4 Hours of Imola

Photo: Marc de Mattia / DPPI

  • Panis Racing loves Italy! After achieving the first success in its history at Monza in 2021, the French team waited three years to rediscover the joys of victory by winning this Sunday July 7, 2024 during the 4 Hours of Imola. The former pilot's team Formula 1 triumphed at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari thanks to his trio Charles Milesi, Manuel Maldonado and Arthur Leclerc.
  • Starting from pole position, the Tricolore regained the lead of the race in the last hour to win ahead of the No. 14 AO by TF of Jonny Edgar, Robert Kubica and Louis Delétraz. Felipe Drugovich held off Tom Dillmann (Inter Europol) until the last lap to offer the podium to Vector Sport and his teammates Stéphane Richelmi and Ryan Cullen.
  • The Polish team saved big points by finishing just off the podium. Leading the championship after the victory of Dillmann, Sebastian Alvarez and Vladislav Lomko at Castellet, the No. 43 Oreca was forced to start from the pit lane after an incident during the grid lap.
  • The Iron Dames achieved a magnificent victory in LMGT3 after a fierce battle. The fight was close in the last hour between Michelle Gatting (Iron Dames), Valentin Hasse-Clot (Racing Spirit of Léman) and Lorcan Hanafin (Grid Motorsport by TF) for the category win. A final Full Course Yellow was triggered just over fifteen minutes from the end when Macéo Capietto stopped the No. 9 Iron Lynx – Proton Oreca at the side of the track. The three GT3 leaders found themselves bumper to bumper at the restart of the race.
  • The Dane resisted the Frenchman until the end, also taking advantage of the supersonic return of Daniel Serra (Kessel Racing) in the final laps. The Brazilian put pressure on theAston Martin in the final loop and finished third with his teammates Takeshi Kimura and Esteban Masson.
  • Dominant in the LM P2 Pro-Am category, the trio Giorgio Roda, René Binder and Bent Viscaal (Proton Competition) lost everything when the Dutchman went off the track in the last hour of the race. It was ultimately the Algarve Pro Racing n°20 of Kriton Lentoudis, Richard Bradley and Alex Quinn which won this classification.
  • Matthew Bell and Adam Ali won the LM P3 with the #320 Eurointernational Ligier JS P11 – Nissan.
  • Next meeting of the European Le Mans Series, on August 25 with the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

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Valentin GLO

Journalist. Endurance reporter (WEC, IMSA, ELMS, ALMS) and sometimes F1 or IndyCar.

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