The #26 G-Power Aurus-branded Oreca crew of Ferdinand Habsburg, Rene Binder and Yifei Ye obtained the hole two races of the series in Dubai most keen weekend to place themselves 18 components clear of the rest of the field.
And while JOTA duo Sean Gelael and Tom Blomqvist did their most keen to inform their G-Power opponents the title with a double accept as true with in Abu Dhabi, a second and fourth purpose used to be satisfactory for Habsburg, Binder and Ye to clutch the crown by four components.
The Oreca of Blomqvist and Gelael used to be sent to the assist of the LMP2 grid in Flee 1 after the British driver failed to entire any laps in both apply or qualifying – a consequence of the group prioritising Gelael after Blomqvist crashed the automobile in pre-match finding out.
Nonetheless Blomqvist, who modified Stoffel Vandoorne alongside Gelael for Abu Dhabi and as a consequence of this fact had very restricted working within the automobile, used to be straight on the walk when the trot began, working his methodology as a lot as second sooner than handing over the automobile to his Indonesian teammate.
Gelael drove brilliantly from there on, capitalising on a successfully timed VSC interval to make a pitstop and get a lead he would withhold till the pause of the trot.
The #26 G-Power crew used to be labeled a lap down in second – now now not helped by a dreary off-track tour of Ye and a 5-second time penalty added to their pitstop.
The polesitting sister G-Power automobile of John Falb, Franco Colapinto and Rui Andrade rounded off the rostrum spots, having misplaced their lead early on within the trot.
Binder began Flee 2 from pole purpose nonetheless used to be caught out by an early safety automobile, allowing Gelael to get honest correct thing concerning the misfortune to snatch the lead.
Gelael traded locations with the #25 G-Power Aurus of Colapinto quite lots of times in a trot that saw the lead commerce 13 times sooner than handing over the automobile to Blomqvist.
While Gelael used to be the megastar of Flee 1, it used to be his Blomqvist who performed the bigger role in JOTA’s victory this time, overturning a 20-second deficit to come to a decision the tip place on lap 76.
The G-Power entry bounced assist strongly within the closing stint after serving a pressure thru penalty for dashing within the pitlane, nonetheless Gelael – now assist within the JOTA automobile – used so as to stand as a lot as dreary strain from Colapinto to get the chequered by correct 0.422s.
Habsburg, Binder and Ye had an underwhelming mosey to fourth within the assist of the #5 Phoenix Racing Oreca of Simon Trummer, Kelvin van der Linde and Matthias Kaiser, nonetheless the used to be satisfactory to assist the Algarve Pro-mosey G-Power group accept as true with a second Asian Le Mans title in as decades.
In other locations, United Autosports took the LMP3 class crown after Rory Penttinen, Wayne Boyd and Manuel Maldonado – cousin of Formula 1 trot winner Pastor Maldonado – took three wins in four races within the group’s #23 Ligier JS P320.
A total of 4 Le Mans invites had been handed out for GT3 runners thanks to an expanded entry listing that saw 19 crews get part within the class in Abu Dhabi.
The championship-winning Precote Herberth Porsche group, GPX Racing Porsche, Rinaldi Ferrari and Optimum McLaren squads bask in all provisionally been granted invites for the French persistence classic for ending within the tip four within the GT class.