SRT Thrilled With Second Zolder 24 Hours Victory
After a pole to flag victory at Zolder last weekend, SRT team owner Patrick Selleslagh said “this victory is unbelievable.”

It was Marc Duez who took the start of the 24 Hours on Saturday afternoon. The experienced Belgian driver let the battle up front take its course and followed the leaders at his own pace. “We had clear cut agreements,” Marc explained. “We were not to take any risks and we had to retain a sensible pace. In addition each driver would be in for double driving stints, allowing us to gain time in the pitlane. On top of that it is also enjoyable for a driver, once he’s settled down into the rhythm, to be able to spend more time at the wheel. This strategy was definitely one of the factors in achieving our victory.”

Notwithstanding a few minor race incidents, the Williams sponsored team was able to keep a steady pace and at the half-way mark the gap to the GLPK Corvette was barely a few minutes. At first light the regularity of the team paid off and SRT took over the lead, never to relinquish it. David Hart brought the Corvette C5-R over the finishing line and as such gave the team its second consecutive victory at this Limburg 24 Hours event.

Maxime Soulet, who set the pole position, was one of the stalwarts of the team. “I’m really happy. Try to imagine that I have just won here with one of my idols when I was young: Marc Duez, That it just unbelievable. On top of that we have thrashed GLPK, a team that won in FIA GTs last week and has its home base right here. SRT is a fantastic team and who knows there might be a sequel to this.”

Tom Cloet and David Hart were also overjoyed after the race. For Tom Cloet it was the first victory after having competed in roughly fifteen 24 Hours races. “Indeed, I have gained an enormous amount of experience. Patrick supported and helped me enormously. I have learned a considerable amount this weekend.”

For David Hart it was undoubtedly a new high point in a very full career. The Dutchman proved his experience, especially with his driving prowess in the rain.

SRT now heads to Albi, for the fifth leg of the FFSA GT Championship.

 

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