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STEVENS RECORDS SENSATIONAL GTE-AM DEBUT VICTORY AT LE MANS

Will Stevens recorded an emphatic GTE-Am début class victory in the Le Mans 24 Hour race which finished today (18 Jun). Stevens, and co-drivers Rob Smith (GB) and Dries Vanthoor (B), brought their JMW Motorsport Ferrari 488 GTE home two-laps ahead of their closest rivals in the GTE Am category. The trio clocked up 333-laps, almost 3,000-miles, around the 8.47-mile circuit. The Ferrari led the record 16-car GTE Am field in this year’s 85th running of the famous Le Mans 24 Hours in France for the final 16 hours having been in contention throughout.

Will racing for JMW in the GTE category and in a Ferrari for the very first time this year, had finished second in the LMP2 class with JOTA/G-Drive Racing on his Le Mans début 12 months earlier. It was an especially fine achievement as co-drivers Smith and Vanthoor were making their first appearances at Le Mans while British team JMW had only taken delivery of its new 488 late last month with brief “acclimatisation” runs for the three drivers in Adria before arriving at the Le Mans test day earlier this month.

The yellow and black #84 Ferrari started the famous race on Saturday afternoon sixth on the GTE Am grid, Stevens having posted the cars fastest time after six-hours of qualifying on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. With Will starting the race and covering nine of the stints – including a triple in the middle of the night – the car ran at the front from the eighth hour. The race was run in intense heat in front of an estimated crowd of almost 260,000 with the JMW Motorsport Ferrari finishing ahead of two other Ferraris.

Will Stevens (GB): Lives: Surrey, England. Aged 25.
“I’m delighted to have won the Le Mans 24 Hours this year. Going one step higher on the podium than my second place last year is really special. I’m so pleased to have won it for JMW Motorsport and I want to thank the guys in the team who worked tirelessly to give myself, Dries and Rob a winning car. It’s an incredible race and an amazing event which I enjoy immensely. I hope to return next year and try to continue my good form in it.”

Source. Martyn Pass

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