Surviving the 'toughest conditions in racing'
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Surviving the 'toughest conditions in racing'

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A 24-hour motor race is extremely hard work even in the best of conditions. But in torrential rain and one of the toughest tracks of them all - Spa - is a different challenge altogether. Here's one team's experience of the 2019 Spa 24 Hours

"You've got so much more that can go wrong."

Those are the words of Chris Froggatt at the Spa 24 Hours earlier this year. Driving a Tempesta Racing by Sky Ferrari that included three-time Formula 1 race winner Giancarlo Fisichella and Edward Cheever - son of Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie - among its line-up, he wasn't likely to be one of the contenders for overall victory. But this Pro-Am class line-up was one of the 72 crews, with a total of 248 drivers, that are as much a part of the tapestry of this race as the all-factory star-studded teams.

Indeed, this year's running of the twice-round-the-clock Belgian enduro proved that such a form of racing requires a mindset where mechanical sympathy is often more rewarding than lap time. And, with the GT3 category on which the Spa 24 Hours is based being one where only customer teams - rather than works entries - are allowed, the focus is on setting the car up to the needs of its driver line-up rather than developing the machinery.

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