PROTOTYPES: CHAMPIONS CROWNED AND GT ACADEMY ACE DEBUTS
Sanchez makes LMP2 debut
Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Portugal – Teams using Nissan power in the LMP3 class of the European Le Mans Series wrapped up their 2017 championship in Portugal last weekend with United Autosport taking the title.
American racers Sean Rayhall and John Falb were favorites to take the driver's crown entering the final round but a second-place finish and a United Autosport 1-2 result put the title beyond doubt.
United Autosport finished first and third in the team's championship in the LMP3 class, which is powered exclusively by Nissan.
Nissan's Mexican GT Academy ace Ricardo Sanchez also made his LMP2 class debut in Portugal with the the GRAFF Racing team.
Sanchez was impressive in his prototype debut which was sadly cut short by an accident by one of his co-drivers after 102 laps.
Sanchez was left to wonder "what if" with the second GRAFF Racing machine taking the overall victory - despite starting five places behind Sanchez, Enzo Guibbert and Paul Petit on the grid.
Nissan will be in action this weekend in prototype competition when the Asian Le Mans Series begins in Zhuhai in China.
All teams entered in the LM P2 class have chosen the Nissan VK45DE 4.5 litre V8 engine while the LM P3 class use the Nissan VK50 5.0 litre V8.