Spa 2003 Miles - First Two Hours
Bribery Will Get You Everywhere!
We have 40 cars
on the grid as two cars do not show up. Of course, the dsc.com Polo
is already back home and the #53 BMW M3 broke its engine during
the qualifying. The team tried to fit the engine from the crashed
Duller Compact, but too many electrical gremlins prevented them
At 16.00, the
field needs only one start to get away, in contrast to the 24 hours
earlier this year. The #6 Lupant BMW silhouette takes the lead but
Vosse seems ready to follow. After 15 laps, the gap is still less
than 10 seconds. Behind, the other Silhouettes make the game - the
#4 Audi is 3rd, the #9 Jaguar 4th.
The first victims are
to be found among the regular Belcar competitors. Steve Van Bellingen
in #8 BMW STW misses Les Combes in the opening lap and rejoins almost
a lap behind. The furiously started #44 BMW Compact of Houbben comes
in after only 10 laps with severe clutch problems. But the greatest
victim of these opening laps is the #71 Qvick Mini. Erik is almost
crying as he tells us that the gearbox is broken.
Standings After 1 Hour
1. #6 Lupant BMW Silhouette
2. #2 Duller M3 GTR – 10”
3. #4 Audi A4 Silhouette – 45”
4. #9 Jaguar Silhouette – 54”
5. #1 Duller M3 E36 – 2’27”
6. #10 Pino BMW Silhouette –2’31”
7. #11 Pino BMW Silhouette – 1 lap
8. #70 CTB BMW 328i
9. #3 PYC Renault Clio (2 litre)
10. #33 Duller M3 E36
17.00, the second placed Vosse / Quester etc. #2 Duller GTR M3 stops
on the track. Vincent tries to push the car into the F1 pits to
regain his box. It looks like some obscure electronics problem.
Quester regains the track but much time is lost. And more silhouettes
are suffering as #10 Alain Corbisier has to come in with a broken
clutch. The #3 Clio needed a fix to the alternator.
After two hours
of racing it’s the Audi silhouette in the lead, in front of
the #9 X-type Jaguar (above) and the #6 BMW. The American Civic-R
is in fifth place, only two laps behind.
A very original
team in this 2003 miles race is certainly the SSR America crew.
This all American squad competes in the Speed Touring car championship
with a brand new Honda Civic Type R #38. They have an enviable touring
car track record as they won the American championship from 1993
are very experienced:
Halsmer drove in Indy Car, TransAm and ALMS and runs in the
Grand Am TC championship together with John Schmitt, one of the
other drivers. Hein and Green are SSR regulars in the Vision championship.
Previously the team has
already competed in the 24 hours of Spa (in 2000) and finished 20th
overall, while also winning the King’s Cup. This year their
aim is no less than the overall podium. We will follow the drivers
closely throughout the race, as they all promised to take a subscription
for our beloved site…