View article: High noon at Spa: Eight cars, six brands still on the lead lap
30 July 2017

High noon at Spa: Eight cars, six brands still on the lead lap

With four and a half hours remaining in the Total 24 Hours, there are still eight cars from six different brands on the lead lap, so it is almost impossible to make any predictions about who will win the 69th running of the classic Belgian endurance race. At noon, the #90 Akka ASP Mercedes is in the lead from a pair of Audis: the #1 Audi Sport Team WRT car and the #25 Audi Sport Team Saintéloc entry.

  • View article: Mercedes and Audi neck-and-neck as the sun comes up at Spa 30 July 2017

    Mercedes and Audi neck-and-neck as the sun comes up at Spa

    At 7 am, with the sun just coming up from behind the hills of the Ardennes over the circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, the #1 Audi Sport Team WRT Audi is leading in the Total 24 Hours of Spa, having taken over first place as the #85 HTP Motorsport Mercedes came in for its mandatory five minutes’ technical pit stop as the last one from the front runners. The #90 AKKA ASP Mercedes is now second, with the #98 ROWE Racing BMW third.

  • View article: Bentley leads at midnight 29 July 2017

    Bentley leads at midnight

    At midnight, with seven and a half hours completed in the Total 24 Hours of Spa, the #8 Bentley Team M-Sport is leading from the #2 Audi Sport Team WRT Audi and the #63 GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini. Different pit stop sequences lead to several lead changes, with cars from six different brands in the top seven, all on the lead lap.

  • View article: Position changes, penalties and party after four hours at Spa 29 July 2017

    Position changes, penalties and party after four hours at Spa

    Different pit stop strategies from the various teams saw several cars taking turns in the lead. Next to the #55 Kaspersky Motorsport Ferrari and the #63 GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini, other cars leading the race included the #1 Audi Sport Team WRT Audi and the two Bentley Team M-Sport Bentleys (#7 and #8), but once they simultaneously also came into the pits at the end of lap 75, the Ferrari and the Lamborghini were back into first and second place again, with the #1 Audi Sport Team WRT Audi next up and the #84 Mercedes-AMG Team HTP Motorsport Mercedes in fourth. That is the situation after four hours, with the Music Festival in the Fan Zone already going on in full swing.

  • View article: Italian GT cars up front after two hours at Spa 29 July 2017

    Italian GT cars up front after two hours at Spa

    The second hour of the Total 24 Hours of Spa ended behind the safety car which was deployed on lap 45 following a major crash by Pasin Lathouras in the #50 AF Corse Ferrari at the top of Raidillon. The Thai driver walked away unscathed, but the first neutralisation was called to allow for the massive amount of debris to be cleared.

  • View article: Pole-winning Ferrari leads at Spa after opening hour 29 July 2017

    Pole-winning Ferrari leads at Spa after opening hour

    Once the thousands of guests who had enjoyed the pre-race festivities on the starting grid had found their way to the grandstands and the roof of the pit buildings, everything was set for the formation lap that preceded the rolling start of the 69th running of the Total 24 Hours of Spa.

  • View article: James Calado puts #55 Kaspersky Motorsport Ferrari on pole 28 July 2017

    James Calado puts #55 Kaspersky Motorsport Ferrari on pole

    For the first time since the Total 24 Hours of Spa have been part of the Blancpain GT Series, a Ferrari will start from pole position. James Calado clocked a superb 2’17.390, the fastest-ever lap of a GT3 car on the Spa track, at the wheel of the #55 Kaspersky Motorsport Ferrari. Mirko Bortolotti (#63 Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini) will be next to him on the front row, with Belgian drivers Frédéric Vervisch (#2 Audi Sport Team WRT R8) and Laurens Vanthoor (#117 KÜS Team75 Bernhard Porsche) sharing the second row.

  • View article: SRO Motorsports Group unveils the future of GT racing 28 July 2017

    SRO Motorsports Group unveils the future of GT racing

    At his annual press conference during the Total 24 Hours of Spa, Founder and CEO Stephane Ratel unveiled the plans of the SRO Motorsports Group for the near future. Not only will all the existing SRO Series continue, with some minor tweaks, but there will also be some new initiatives.