Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Poles, Podiums and Championship Battles for Infinity’s Sportscar Stars

It’s been a busy and successful month for Infinity’s roster of talented sportscar drivers. From the Ardennes mountains of Spa, to racing in the shadow of Mount Fuji, Infinity drivers have continued to shine on a global stage.

European Le Mans Series (4h Barcelona, 4h Spa-Francorchamps)
Charlie Eastwood (LMP2 – Racing Team Turkey)

Charlie Eastwood scored victory at Spa, taking class win and extending Racing Team Turkey’s lead in the Pro-Am prototype championship to 22 points going into the season finale.

In the seat for qualifying, Charlie set the team off on the front foot by sealing Pro-Am pole position and P5 overall. Alongside his team mates, Charlie battled back from penalties and tyre punctures with a series of strong stints, to improve the team to be in reach of clawing back the victory with just one lap left to run. From there Will Stevens, who was standing in for Jack Aitken, pulled off an incredible last-lap lunge to the line to secure the win by a mere 0.042s after 4 hours of racing.

“What a sensational finish for Charlie and the team at Spa, they suffered some setbacks throughout the race but that didn’t stop them from pushing back to take the win in incredible style. They have a good lead in the points, so we’re looking forward to Portimão where hopefully they’ll be able to seal the Pro-AM championship.” – Gary Catt, Director of Infinity Sports Management

Sebastian Alvarez
(LMP3 – DKR Engineering)

With confidence in the pace of the #4 DKR Engineering machine, Seb and his teammates launched themselves from 5th on the grid to be battling towards the front of the LMP3 field in the 4 hour race. Taking the seat for the final stint, the Mexican driver crossed the line to seal 2nd place and their best finish of the season.

From podium success in Barcelona, Seb was back in action at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend. Taking the reins for qualifying, Seb punched in a 2m12.346 lap to put the team in a good place to fight from 4th on the grid.

Managing traffic throughout his race stint, the trio remained highly competitive throughout the race and pushed to finish on the same lap as the class winners. Their efforts were rewarded with their second podium in succession and 2nd place at the Belgian circuit, which improves the Duqueine squad to just 8 points behind 2nd place in the championship.

“Seb has put in the work this year and improved his racecraft as the season has progressed. The jump from single-seaters to prototypes isn’t easy but he’s taken it in his stride, which has contributed to the team’s success with two podiums in the last two races. It’s great to see them have the potential to fight for 2nd in the championship at the next round” – Struan Moore, Driver Manager

World Endurance Championship (6h Fuji)
Ed Jones (LMP2 – Jota Sport)

Ed Jones was back on track for the Japanese round of the World Endurance Championship at the Fuji Speedway.

After qualifying in 8th in class, Ed and his JOTA teammates’ race appeared to be finished before it had truly begun when the #28 car was side swiped at Dunlop Corner by an out-of-control car. But managing to escape any major damage, the squad fought their way back to be leading the LMP2 field by the time Ed took the wheel for his stint. Battling his way through the traffic and relenting to the championship-leading sister car, Ed put in a strong effort to keep the JOTA Sport machine within the hunt for trophy honours.

Crossing the line to take a hard-earned 3rd place, Ed and his teammates held off the advances of their #41 RealTeam rivals to clinch the final step on the podium by a mere 0.563 seconds at the flag.

“In only Ed’s first season in LMP2, he’s proving himself to be one of the front runners in the class. Battling back from the first lap incident, the team put in some fighting stints and it’s great to see them back on the podium at Fuji” – Harry Soden, Director of Infinity Sports Management

GT World Challenge Europe – Sprint Cup (Valencia)
Nicolai Kjærgaard (Garage 59 – Silver Cup)

Standing in for an absent Ethan Simioni, Nicolai joined his Endurance Cup teammate Manuel Maldonado aboard the #159. Hitting the ground running, the Danish driver put in some blisteringly quick laps to score Silver Cup pole position and 4th on the overall grid for Race 2, the best starting spot of the 2022 season for the #159 car.

Despite a tricky start in Race 1 as his teammate was forced to run off the track to avoid contact on Lap 1, together the pairing fought their way back to 6th in class at the flag.

A deluge of rain forced Race 2 to start behind the safety car, battling hard against the drying conditions throughout the race, Nicolai and his teammate fought their way to finish 2nd place earning the best result of the year so far for the #159 squad.

“Nicolai showed his ability to jump in and pull out some fantastic results as he helped to score the best results of the season for the team. We hope to see him emulate great results like this in the Endurance Cup finale this weekend” – Harry Soden, Director of Infinity Sports Management

With such impressive results across the board for our talented bunch, we’re looking forward to see how they round out their respective seasons, where we’re sure they’ll be fighting right to the final turn of a wheel.