Not long to go now: The Total 24 Hours of Spa (25th – 28th July) counts as one of Europe’s biggest and most prestigious endurance races. R-Motorsport will be contesting the standout fixture of the 2019 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup with three cars.
Porsche and its international customer teams take on the Spa 24-hour race with an impressive fleet of 911 GT3 R. A total of nine GT3 racing cars from Weissach will tackle the event at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) on 27/28 July, six of them in the GTE-Pro class. The tradition-steeped event in the Ardennes counts towards the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and is also round three of the Intercontinental GT Challenge. The customer squad ROWE Racing fields three Porsche 911 GT3 R with nine drivers from the factory squad of the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer. KÜS Team75 Bernhard, GPX Racing and Dinamic Motorsport also campaign a 500+hp Porsche 911 each in the top category.
This weekend features another highlight of the endurance season – the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL). For BMW Team Schnitzer and Walkenhorst Motorsport, this also forms the third race of the season in the International GT Challenge. Walkenhorst Motorsport travels to the Ardennes as defending champion following last year’s victory in Belgium.
The largest entry in Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli history will tackle the world’s biggest GT3 race this weekend when 28 cars representing eight manufacturers compete at the 71st Total 24 Hours of Spa.
While the battle for overall honours provides the main attraction, the Total 24 Hours of Spa is very much a multi-class contest. Indeed, the action that take place elsewhere in the field is just as competitive as what you will see at the front. After 24 hours of racing, the champagne tastes just as sweet whether you are a class winner or the overall victor.
First take is good for the new endurance project of ACE1 Villorba Corse team, which made its debut last weekend in the 4 Hours of Barcelona on the Catalan circuit of Montmelò, immediately taking the first point finish in an international championship as the European Le Mans Series. Authors of a consistent race without any errors neither on the track nor in the pits, the team led by Raimondo Amadio and the crew formed by the Japanese driver Yuki Harata and Italians Alessandro Bressan and Gabriele Lancieri clinched a precious ninth place in the LMP3 category with their Ligier JS P3 Nissan prototype.
24 HOURS OF SPA PODIUM FINISHER AL HARTHY SEEKING HIGHLIGHT BLANCPAIN PERFORMANCE ON RETURN TO BELGIUM
Ahmad Al Harthy says he is more prepared than ever ahead of this coming weekend’s biggest race of the Blancpain Endurance Cup season, the flagship Total 24 Hours of Spa, where the hugely successful Oman Racing driver is aiming to continue his podium-perfect 2019 campaign in style.
The eight-race FIA WEC 2019-2020 season, which kicks off this week with the annual Prologue test in Barcelona, represents the final competitive action for the TS050 HYBRID, which made its debut in 2016 and has been at the centre of iconic moments in endurance racing history ever since.
The day into night four hours of Barcelona saw strong performances by both Nielson Racing entered LMP3 cars with P4 for Tony Wells and Colin Noble and a season best P6 for the sister car driven by James Littlejohn and series debutant Nick Adcock, who was substituting for the Nobuya Yamanaka who was unable to compete due to business commitments in Japan.
EARLE SECURES THIRD BLANCPAIN GT SPORTS CLUB IRON CUP TITLE AT SPA, AS REMENYAKO DOMINATES FOR MAIDEN VICTORY
Kessel Racing’s Stephen Earle became a three-time Blancpain GT Sports Club Iron Cup champion at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, as GetSpeed Performance’s Denis Remenyako earned a maiden series victory after dominating the second race in Belgium.
RLR MSport secured seventh place with LMP3 trio Christian Olsen, Martin Rich and Martin Vedel Mortensen when the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) raced into the night at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (19-20 July).
Oregon Team faced another tough weekend, despite an evident potential and a team/drivers/car package which – on paper – is a winning one. The 4 Hours of Barcelona, the third out of six rounds for the 2019 European Le Mans Series, gave little satisfaction to the Italian squad which placed its Norma M30 racecar 10th in the LMP3 class.
United Autosports celebrated its 300th race in great style when Garett Grist/Tommy Erdos/Wayne Boyd recorded the Anglo-American team’s 154th podium finish in the team’s 10-year history in Spain last night. Competing in the third round of the European Le Mans Series, Grist/Erdos/Boyd scored a well-deserved LMP3 third place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the four-hour race run in the evening for the very first time in the championship’s history.
Four Ferrari crews occupied the first four places in the LMGTE class at the close of the 4 Hours of Barcelona. A noteworthy final balance sheet for the third round of the European Le Mans Series, held today in Spain, which for the first time in its history, was played out under artificial light. The spoils, for the second time this season, went to the 488 GTE crew of Luzich Racing with Alessandro Pier Guidi, Fabien Lavergne and Nicklas Nielsen who, thanks to today’s result, become the new overall leaders.
One-one hundredth of a second. That is all that separated Mario Farnbacher from taking the Lime Rock victory for Meyer Shank Racing on Saturday. The second place finish during the Northeast Grand Prix now provisionally extends Meyer Shank Racing’s IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship lead to 30 points.
In the opening Blancpain GT Sports Club race at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Reno Racing’s Jens Reno Moller scored his fourth victory of the season to increase his title chances with a round to spare.
Corvette Racing sweat its way through the Northeast Grand Prix on Saturday to fifth- and sixth-place finish in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.