LMES - Spa-Francorchamps - Final Hour
Sam Hignett gets into the sixth placed Jota Zytek to finish
the race. He could catch the RML Lola. He sets this car's best lap
of the race, a 2:08.
feel as though I've now really adapted to the car. We'll run a little
more conservatively now - but we could have won this race."
Goh hasn't given
up: Capello sets a 2:06.787 on his new rubber. "We'll keep
on pushing," says the Team Manager.
Lola, fourth in LMP2, has a spin and continues - just ahead of the
Bruneau Pilbeam, for position (fourth in class - 18th overall).
The new Lucchini is closing in on these two.
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With the #61
B-C Ferrari fourth in class, Mike Hezemans is chasing the #87 Larbre
Ferrari. Enge got out of this one after a double stint, leaving
Robert Pergl to finish the race (?). Enge: "I was double stinting
the tyres and had a lot of oversteer towards the end. I was like
Colin McRae everywhere. It was quite difficult to jump straight
from one car (F3000) to another."
pits for the last time. Change of plan at Larbre: Enge gets back
into the #87 Ferrari, for a race to the flag.
LMP2 seems to be in trouble. The team were rocking it, presumably
The GNM Saleen
has had an evenful race. Phil Bennett reports that the car lost
a wheel at one point, and then lost third gear. He wasn't as happy
as he was at the 'Ring, or Silverstone.
reports that Pat Pearce has gone to Liege Hospital with his father,
and Short seems happy that the young man is basically OK. So is
the tub of the Dallara. "It's Le Mans all over again,"
he concluded. He's 99% certain to run a Dallara again next year.
the porpoising and the car was fantastic today. We had a new tyre
from Dunlop and we could do quadruple stints on them. The DBA is
using the same compound, and look how quick JC-W is going."
As it stands
in GT, it will be JMB and Sebah who earn the LM GT places - which
seems fair, as Freisinger will have a place or two thanks to success
in FIA GTs.
Five and a half
hours: the DBA is in trouble. This is a cruel race. Minassian is
limping pitwards. .. but he only had a flat left front tyre.
TVR has stopped on track - after an eventful race. We'll catch up
with this team's news post-race. No we won't: we find that Steve
Hyde lost all power at the Pif Paf, but is trying to restart the
car and finish the race.
Porsche seems to be in gear selection trouble, and the JMB Ferrari
is catching it for fifth. This could be significant in terms of
team points and LM places. The Autorlando Porsche pits.
GT: #85 - #93
- #80 - #81 - #70 - #75. With 25 minutes left, Collard completed
a slowish lap in the class leader, then seemed to get back up to
is catching the Miguel Ramos Lola for fourth, but Sam Hignett flying
along is in the 2:07s and catching them both. Ramos then laps faster
Enge is lapping
a second faster than Hezemans, for P2 in GTS.
the revived Belmondo Courage is catching Collard for position (eighth).
The Panoz (sixth in LMP1! - on its last ever appearance?) looks
as though it will pass the Sebah Porsche on this lap (the leader's
138th - with 14 minutes left). 1000 KM or six hours - it will be
GT finally seems
to have settled down. The order is as above.
Ramos - Hancock
- Hignett in fourth, fifth and sixth look as though they will finish
in this order.
The Safety Cars
have completed 19 laps each!
remaining and the GT class leader pits - a splash and dash.
The two leaders
are separated by a lap and 10 seconds. Jamie Davies has set a 2:14,
Capello a 2:08.
The RML Lola
pits (for a splash) and loses a place to Sam Hancock, who goes fourth
in the LMP2 clas leader (winner). #7 also loses a place to the flying
Hignett, who takes fifth.
a 2:22 in #88, and the Audis are right together, and they will complete
the 144 laps - in a minute short of six hours.
goes faster than ever before in #85, as does Enge in #87 - neither
is trying to catch anyone!
So Davies and
Capello cross the line together, but a lap apart. Davies and Herbert
are the LMP1 championship winners, the key point in this race being
the choice of intermediates for #88 on lap 30, while the Goh Audi
Veloqx #88 34 pts
Veloqx #8 28
Goh #5 27
Creation #3 12
Courage #13 30 pts
Bruneau #99 26
Tracsport #27 15
WR #36 14
Larbre #86 35 pts
Barron Connor #61 20.5
GNM #52 13
Sebah 26 pts
JMB #70 25
Freisinger #85 24
Cirtek #93 21.
win for the Audi R8! Herbert's first motor racing title since Formula
Three in 1987. Davies - British GTs in 2002, Le Mans (GTS) in 2003,
LMES in 2004.
- three wins out of three in LMES.
Sebah - fifth
at Monza, second at Nurburgring and Silverstone and third at Spa.
What a performance.