24 Oct On the Grid in Portugal
Source: Maclean Photographic
The season finale of the 2016 European Le Mans Series took place at the Autodromo do Estoril with a dramatic end to the year with the championship leading no66 JMW Motorsport Ferrrai retiring due to a gearbox problem, handing the European title to their nearest rivals at Aston Martin Racing.
Alex Brundle (top picture) had already secured the LMP3 European title with his teammates Christian England and Mike Guasch (pictured below) and started the race from pole position. But an incident between Mike Guasch and the no66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari after two hours of the four hour race meant the Anglo American trio failed to finish their championship wining season on a high note.
In the pitlane I spotted Fabien Barthez, the former French goalkeeper and national captain, signing autographs. Barthez is now a successful driver and team owner, competing in the LMP2 class of the European Le Mans Series.