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Drama in Estoril - Pescarolo excluded, RML wins.

The two cars touched, spinning the hapless Tom Coronel at the wheel of the R8, into an uncontrollable spin. The car took off, hitting the catch fencing, before coming to rest in the gravel trap, parts of the car hitting two marshals causing minor cuts and bruises to the two officials. Debris littered the track as a very unhappy Coronel walked back to the pits.

After the safety car period the Courage C60 paced itself to the line, 12 laps ahead of the second placed RML Saleen and 16 laps ahead of the Konrad Motorsport Saleen. Roman Dumas brought the Freisinger Porsche home just 3.2 seconds ahead of the PK Sport machine.

After the race Boris Derichebourg apologised to the Gulf Audi team for his mistake but the decision was taken by the race stewards to exclude Pescarolo Sport from the results after a protest by Johansson Racing.

After finding out that the stewards decision had promoted his team to the top sport, RML Team Principal Ray Mallock expressed his happiness with his teams performance.

''It is particularly pleasing that after the disappointment of Le Mans, where we had led our class before suffering piston failure, we have bounced back with such an historic win. Mechanically and operationally this was a textbook effort and credit should go not only to the drivers, but to all the members of our team.

“We now lead the driver and team Championships and over the next two ELMS races we will look to add the series title to RML's long and impressive list of victories. We now have a guaranteed entry for Le Mans and our focus over the 12 months will be to convert that into a class victory at the worlds most prestigious endurance event.''

The results are now provisional until the appeal lodged by Pescarolo Sport has been heard.



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