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Laurents Hörr wins European Champion title

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After three wins in a row, four pole positions in a row, the lap record at Le Mans and Spa-Francorchamps, the team around Laurents Hörr travelled to the Algarve with a broad chest. The aim was to do as well as possible to close the remaining five-point gap on the Swiss team Cool Racing, which had been in the lead until the end.

Once again, the team entered the race with 17-year-old Frenchman Mathieu De Barbuat as the FIA bronze medallist. The driver pairing of Hörr/De Barbuat had already proven its worth for two races.
In the ten-minute qualifying session on Saturday, Hörr put his Duqueine prototype in the LMP3 category in third position, well ahead of the championship competition and thus very promising for the four-hour race on Sunday.

Team-mate De Barbuat then took over the start of the race on Sunday in perfect weather and high summer temperatures. After a safety car phase caused by accidents and a temporary interruption of the race, the young Frenchman finally handed over the car to Hörr after two hours in P2.

Laurents Hörr needed only little time to bring the LMP3 with the #4 into the leading position to finally see the chequered flag in first position. With this fourth victory in six races of the season the championship was secured.

Hörr thus crowned his outstanding performance with the third championship title in a row. In 2019 and 2020, he was the first driver ever to win the Michelin Le Mans Cup title twice and now, directly afterwards, the European Le Mans Series, the European Endurance Championship. Coupled with this title is also the great honour of receiving an invitation to the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans.

"I am super proud of our success, the hard work has paid off! A huge thank you to everyone who was involved in this success!" said Hörr directly after the race.

After the extensive celebrations, the team and Laurents Hörr are now looking forward to the coming season and the start at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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