Super GT young star Ryo Hirakawa helped extend G-Drive Racing by DragonSpeed’s lead in the European Le Mans Series’ LMP2 class after a thrilling 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, despite being forced to serve a drive-through penalty while leading in the final half-hour of the race.
Hirakawa, along with co-drivers Memo Rojas and Léo Roussel in the #22 G-Drive Oreca 07, finished 2nd by just six-tenths of a second to the #40 Graff Racing Oreca 07 of Gustavo Yacamán, James Allen, and fellow Super Formula alumni Richard Bradley.
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Super GT star Ryo Hirakawa hasn’t been able to compete in Europe since the 24 Hours of Le Mans this past June, but this weekend, the 23-year-old Toyota Young Driver Programme (TDP) star and GT500 championship contender will return to the European Le Mans Series at this weekend’s 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.
Hirakawa will return to the wheel of the #22 G-Drive Racing with Dragonspeed Oreca 07-Gibson, which he drove to a victory at Monza, Italy in May, partnering veteran Memo Rojas of Mexico, and young Léo Roussel of France.
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The 2017 edition of the fabled “Grand Prix of Endurance”, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will be remembered as one of the most eventful, memorable editions of the event – one that saw a determined victory from the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, and Earl Bamber, recovering from eighteen laps and one hour down to win the race.
Ten current and former drivers from the Autobacs Super GT Series took part in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, all of them experiencing a range of emotions; from the heartbreaking misfortunes at Toyota Gazoo Racing, to the improbable 2nd place overall result for former Super GT driver Oliver Jarvis and the Jackie Chan DC Racing team – which won the LMP2 class, and so nearly took the most unfathomable overall victory in modern Le Mans history.
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This past weekend, Autobacs Super GT Series star Ryo Hirakawa took part in his second event of the 2017 European Le Mans Series – the 4 Hours of Monza at the fabled Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy.
Driving for the #22 G-Drive Racing with DragonSpeed team and their Oreca 07-Gibson prototype, Hirakawa, along with co-drivers Memo Rojas and Léo Roussel, took the overall and LMP2 class victories in Monza, atoning for their late-race letdown in the opening round of the ELMS season at Silverstone.
Hirakawa drove the #22 G-Drive/DragonSpeed Oreca home to the victory over the course of his 1 hour and 15 minute closing stint, which was not without some drama after Hirakawa picked up a late drive-through penalty – but it wasn’t enough to knock them off the top step of the podium and lead home a 1-2 finish for the Russian-American squad.
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