The Audi may have won, but we had all finished the battle. This is where people much smarter than us drivers come in. So I have to give credit to my teammates, Vince and Andy, as well as the wider team. But, as I left the pits for the final time, I was in fourth place, with two of the cars ahead still to pit. Questo sito si serve dei cookie di Google per l’erogazione dei servizi, la personalizzazione degli annunci e l’analisi del traffico.
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The Belgian gained more than 10 positions in the opening laps and was running inside the top overall when contact with a Lamborghini dropped him down the order. While most of the frontrunners played it safe and fitted rain tyres to their cars, further down the grid some drivers gambled by opting for slicks. Ulteriori informazioni Okay, thanks.
We have already shown our pace in the wet and dry this weekend. As a racing driver, I would always want to be leading the race throughout. With the asphalt on the Misano World Circuit being wet at the start of the Qualifying Race, tyre choice proved to be crucial for the first of two races at the opening event of the Blancpain GT Series.
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The medical team was called and my teammates rushed over… so that they could take selfies over me as I lay on the floor! I really want to thank M-Sport who have been working so hard and deserve this victory as much as ourselves and Bentley.
Of course it ended up drying out and look where we ended up! We knew most of the other guys were on wets so the rcing was to take slicks and play the soullet game, but after two laps I radioed in to say we were losing too much time.
I knew that I needed to make sure this car crossed the line. So we lost almost 40 seconds as a result of that.
Maxime Soulet not only finished the 24 Hours of Spa, he and his Bentley Motorsport teammates Andy Soucek and Vince Abril went on to stand on raciny second step of the podium.
When you stand on the podium and look at maxike guys stood there with you, you have ultimate respect for all of them.
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I gave it my all, I really did. But so did the race leader Chris Haase in the Audi.
We are happy to have won Pro-Am and hope to do suolet same tomorrow, but we might gain some spots overall as well. Se prosegui la navigazione acconsenti all’utilizzo dei cookie. So I have to give credit to my teammates, Vince and Andy, as well as the wider team. Both carrying battle scars and war wounds, but both built strong enough to withstand being pushed to the limit on one of the most demanding tracks, for 24 hours.
You need to do something smart strategy-wise to get a jump on the rest of the pack. No doubt, the team did a great job with strategy.
For 24 hours, we were faultless. That played into the hands of the drivers who had started on slicks and were yet to pit. We may not have stood on the top step of the podium at the 24 Hours of Spa but, when only 10 seconds separates you maxume the winners after 24 long hours of racing, you know that you and your team have done something amazing.
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Piccini managed to claw his way back to the sou,et and a faultless drive by team-mate Michal Broniszewski meant the Kessel Racing duo could claim the top step of the Pro-Am podium. The Belgian polesitter had taken the raing shot, managed to create a seven second gap, and even though Maxi Buhk in the 84 HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG reduced his deficit by a couple of seconds at the end of his opening stint, Frederic Vervisch remained the virtual leader after the driver change with the older of the Vanthoor brothers.
Questo sito si serve dei cookie di Google per l’erogazione dei servizi, la personalizzazione degli annunci e l’analisi del traffico. I closed the gap for the first few laps but I was pushing so hard, wrecking my tyres in the process. Max Soulet was writing exclusively for Mobil 1 The Grid.
As they rading off, I was in second place and just 10 seconds behind the leader. This is where people much smarter than us racinb come in.
Vervisch was still in third but, after being informed he was some 30 seconds behind the leaders, decided to settle msxime the lowest of podium finishes. The Audi may have won, but we had all finished the battle.
We started on the rain tyres which, for us at least, was the correct decision. We were definitely lucky, but we will take this win with both hands.