After travelling across the Atlantic back to Europe for the 13th round of the season, the iWCGPS headed to the historic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps nestled into the heartland of Belgium’s countryside. 29 drivers took to the grid for this race, always a popular one on the calendar. Along with historic races in the real world, the World Championship / Pro Series has also had very memorable and controversial races at this circuit, so this was sure to be an exciting one. Hear from our drivers how they felt the event played out.
“Going into qualifying, my pace was surprisingly good with less preparation than I would have liked. My first lap had a few mistakes and I knew I could improve, which I did but made a little mistake at Blanchimont losing me almost two tenths in the last sector. In the end costing me 2nd or 3rd on the Grid but 8th was still fine.
In the Race I got a great launch off the line gaining spots as usual but the chaos in turn 1 gave me 2 hits to the rear of my car costing me roughly 4 tenths a lap also killing my rear tires over the stint due to the damage. So from that stage I was in 2nd knowing I was going to be falling back but managed to fight hard and nurse it home in 7th with some hard battling in the last lap before the flag.
Hopefully we can take our pace into Suzuka and have a strong result.”
I didn’t prepare too much for this race, so my pace was quite a way off. The main goal was to just finish. For qualifying I set a reasonable banker as my first lap, but there was clearly some time to be gained. Unfortunately I got an off track on my second lap meaning I started way back in 17th place.
Unfortunately at the start there was a huge crash and I had nowhere to go and got caught up in it. I then tried to pit later that lap but got caught up with Dion while doing so, ending my race. Hopefully Suzuka goes better!
Q: This was the least amount of testing I’d done for quali this season so to get p6/7 ish on the first lap and p4 with the 2nd, I was happy with that!
R: Using a slightly different strategy than usual I felt our race could go well. Pace seemed to be good and with Tormala at the back of the grid, I just needed to finish in front of him, that was the aim for the day. Unfortunately we didn’t make it past turn one having got a great start and going for 2nd up the inside of Mitchell I noticed as I was turning in Greger stuck it up the inside of me making it 3 wide and Mitchell only leaving room for me not knowing Greger was there. All 3 of us spun causing a pile up and taking a lot of people out the race. Sad way to end this run of top tens but that’s racing looking forward to Suzuka!
“As usual I ran a very cautious first qualifying lap to set a base time but made several errors. Then I focused to get the best out of my second flying qualifying lap. I finished 15 on the grid which is no surprise as I was really struggling in qualifying trim.