Preview: Anyone's a winner

For the third round of the FIA Sportscar Championship, the teams head to the inimitable Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium this weekend and with four drivers tied at the top of the drivers' standings, the championship is wide open

Preview: Anyone's a winner

Giovanni Lavaggi and Christian Vann's win for the GLV Racing team at Monza three weeks ago, gave the pair 20 points apiece, moving them into the joint lead with fellow Ferrari 333 runners Christian Pescatori and Marco Zadra.

"As you can imagine we are all still quite high after Monza," said Vann, "but realise that we can not let ourselves lose focus. I think at this point we have a very realistic chance of increasing our points margin over the other teams, which is why everybody at GLV is working doubly hard to ensure our performance is 100 per cent at Spa."

Pescatori and Zadra's BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari team has always gone well at Spa and came just two seconds away from winning last year's race in appalling conditions, but may struggle this year due to the Ferrari V12's lack of power compared to the Judd V10 powered GLV machine. Zadra will be partnered by Jean Marc Gounon this weekend as Pescatori carries out FIA GT duties.

The C60 Pescarolo Sport-run Courage was all set to clean up at Monza until a broken oil pump intervened, but at Spa the sleek Yves Courage designed car could be the thing to have. Jean Christophe Boullion and Laurent Redon are entered to drive, as Sebastien Bourdais has Formula 3000 commitments in Austria.

Team Ascari finally registered its first finish at Monza and although it should have won the 1000kms the team was pleased to get points on the board. With a strong driver line-up in Ben Collins and Werner Lupberger, the Kent-based team are expected to perform this weekend.

The Dome S101 chassis has made an immediate impact on the series and showed great potential both at Monza last month and at the official Le Mans test session last weekend. The Den Bla Avis car of John Nielsen and Hiroki Katoh has had more than its fair share of bad luck so far, but with reliability on their side the RN Motorsport duo could be at the front of the field.

"I love racing at Spa and there is real satisfaction in getting a lap absolutely right," said Nielsen. "The key to a good lap is to get a flow going, as the majority of the corners are quick ones where the driver can make a lot of time."

Jan Lammers and his Racing For Holland team which includes the youngest racer in the field, 19 year old Val Hillebrand, will be looking to continue their momentum from a well earned third place at Monza in the second Dome-Judd.

The SR2 battle is set to rage on again at Spa with the Rowan Racing Pilbeam and the Swedish Racing Team Lola locking horns once more. After a close finish in the first round at Barcelona, Team Sweden scored a crushing win in the absence of the Rowan outfit at Monza. But Martin O'Connell's experience of the Spa circuit from Formula 3 will likely help him to overturn Larry Oberto and Thed Bjork, neither of whom have raced at the Belgian circuit before.

The two and a half hour race starts at 1300 (BST) on Sunday.

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