Spa 24: Freisinger Porsche in surprise win

The Freisinger Motorsport Porsche driven by Stephane Ortelli, Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas took an unexpected victory in the Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours race after typical Ardennes weather rendered the formbook pointless and the narrow-tyred GT3s proved the nimbler, more useable cars in the torrential conditions

Spa 24: Freisinger Porsche in surprise win

Early engine problems for the favourites and championship leaders Thomas Biagi and Matteo Bobbi, joined for this race by Stefano Livio and Ettore Bonaldi in the Ferrari 550 Maranello, meant the weight of the BMS Scuderia Italia challenge fell to the team's sister car driven by Luca Cappelarri/Fabrizio Gollin/Lilian Bryner/Enzo Calderari. But though the car started from pole, its early progress was circumspect and once the rain came it was no match for the Freisinger car.

Indeed the only GT class car that looked capable of reeling in the Freisinger machine as the circuit began to dry during the morning was the Larbre Competition Chrysler Viper GTS-R driven by Vincent Vosse/Christophe Bouchut/Patrick Huisman/Sebastien Dumez. It's pace indicated that it would indeed pass the Porsche, but then gearbox problems forced a 47-minute pit stop, which destroyed the Viper's race.

The Lister challenge was stunted by bodywork problems. The second car of Sterckx/Piccini/Lancieri/Pickering finished an eventual tenth, but for the second 24 hour race in succession Jamie Campbell-Walter was the victim of a huge crash although this time he was uninjured. The Englishman rolled the Lister Storm at the top of Eau Rouge.

Ortelli/Lieb/Dumas Porsche GT3 NGT 479
Cappelarri/Gollin/Bryner/Calderari Ferrari Maranello 550 GT 471
Rosa/Caffi/Chiesa/Drudi Porsche GT3 NGT 470
Vosse/Bouchut/Huisman/Dumez Chrysler Viper GT 469
de Radigues/Mollekens/Lamy Chrysler Viper G2 468
Corthals/Belmondo/Clairay/Clerico Chrysler Viper GT 466
Pergl/Janis/Schroeder Ferrari 360 Modena NGT 466
De Simone/Burti/Alexander Ferraru 360 Modena NGT 461
Wauters/Menten/Vanierschot/Wauters Porsche GT3 G2 457
Sterckx/Piccini/Lancieri/Pickering Lister Storm GT 455

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