Hartley third at Donington

Photo: Brendon Hartley

Brendon Hartley has driven his team to third overall in the 6 Hours of Donington, the latest round of the European Le Mans Series (ELMS).  His team, Murphy Prototypes ran in the top five for most of the six hours after team mate Jody Firth qualified the Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 in eighth.  Hartley scored the fastest lap of the race which was won by the OAK Racing team of Pla/Baguette/Enjalbert. 

“Third place and fastest lap in the Donington 6 hour is fantastic,” commented Hartley after the race.  “It is a great job by Murphy Prototypes and my team mates! We did very well to fight back after being a lap down in a class field!”

The next round of the ELMS is in Brno, 200 Km south east of Prague in the Czech Republic over the weekend of 7-9 September.

6 Hours of Donington – Race results – Top 5
1    Pla / Baguette / Enjalbert     OAK Racing     Morgan - Nissan LMPP2
2    Beche / Thiriet     Thiriet by Tds Racing     Oreca 03 - Nissan LMP2
3    Firth / Hughes / Hartley     Murphy Prototypes     Oreca 03 - Nissan LMP2
4    Marroc / Minassian / Sarrazin     Sebastien Loeb Racing     Oreca 03 - Nissan LMP2
5    Perez Companc / Ayari / Kaffer     Pecom Racing     Oreca 03 - Nissan LMP2

Classification after the first three hours (Top 10)
1. Enjalbert (Morgan-Nissan/OAK Racing),
2. Ordonez (Zytek-Nissan/Greaves Motorsport),
3. Thiriet (Oreca-Nissan/Thiriet by TDS Racing),
4. Hughes (Oreca-Nissan/Murphy Prototypes),
5. Minassian (Oreca-Nissan/Loeb Racing),
6. Nicolet (Morgan-Judd/OAK Racing),
7. Kaffer (Oreca-Nissan/Pecom Racing),
8. Dolan (Zytek-Nissan)(accident),
9. Cocker (Ferrari 458 Italia/JMW Motorsport)(1er GTE),
10. Narac (Porsche 911 RSR/Imsa Performance Matmut),

#18 Murphy Prototypes
Car: #18 Oreca 03-Nissan
Class: LMP2
Total Time: 6:00’37.426
Best Lap: 1:21.336 (Brendon Hartley, Lap 207)
Total Laps: 251
Fastest Lap of Race: 1:21.336 (Brendon Hartley, Lap 207)

Media: NZ Motor Racing 16th July 2012
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