Le Mans preview: GTS championship battle
This weekend is the season finale and it will be NEO’s first ever 24 hour race. With double points on the table, anything is still possible for the championships in all three classes. In the next coming days we will release a series of articles, previewing each class.
For season 3 of the NEO Endurance Series, the GTS class was introduced in place of the GT2 class. To some people’s dismay, the Audi has been the dominant car by far, with 5 of the 7 contenders being Audi’s. In the lead it’s Pure Racing Team on 81 points. They won the first 4 races of the year, but trouble in Spa will keep them on their toes at Le Mans. Chasing them down, once again, is Thrustmaster Mivano Racing Team GTS. Only 10 points behind, they’ve had a consistent year finishing on the podium in 4 races this year so far. Shinya Michimi Racing were so promising at Sebring, however a crash in the final minutes lost them the result. They have picked up a couple of podiums since then, and will consolidate their top 3 in the Championship.
It will be tight though, they have two teams who are two points behind them, snapping at their heels. The first of which are Odox Motorsport with their new sponsor Samsung. A bad result in Motegi put them on the back foot, but they have picked up a couple of podiums so far this season. In 5th it’s the first of the MSP DRIVERS HOME cars. Their #85 Audi has had two bad results this season so far, but a win at Spa has given them hope. The Mercedes’ charge is spearheaded Team RSO, another team with a bad start and good finish to this point. 37 points off however, it’s going to be a big uphill battle to come out victorious. The second MSP DRIVERS HOME car is a Mercedes. Until now the class has been dominated by the Audi’s. The Mercedes is expected to be strong at Le Mans, due to advantage on the straight line and the stability throughout the race. This may be useful in a 24 hour race.
Double points will be rewarded at the end of the 24 hours. Looking at the championship standings, there are many battles for positions and everything is still possible. It’s going to be about survival, speed and endurance. Which team, out of 19, will prove the best after 24 hours? Which team will have the honor of accumulating the most points out of anybody? It’s time to find out. Tune in on March the 25th and 26th for the NES 24 hours of Le Mans powered by Racespot. The whole race will be broadcasted live on live.neo-endurance.com and iRacing Live.