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Xavier Soquet


May 12th, 2019

The 2019 TOTAL 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (7th and penultimate round of the WEC Super Season 2018-2019) was held last week with its race on Saturday 4th. The 24 Hours of Le Mans and this one are the only races which appear two times in this Super Season calendar.

Qualifying took place on Friday afternoon. In all the categories, lap records have been set which shows that a lot of improvement has been made in every class throughout the season. In LM P1 the Toyota #7 took the pole in front of the sister car #8 and the SMP Racing #17. In the LM P2 category, the G-Drive Racing team got the pole with car #26, the two Jackie Chan DC Racing completed the top 3 with cars #38 and #37. Regarding GT cars, the Ford GT #67 was qualified 1st in front of the Aston Martin Racing #97 and the BMW M8 GTE #82 in LM GTE PRO. TF Sport and its Aston Martin Vantage got the best time in LM GTE AM.

Spa-Francorchamps didn’t fail to live up to its reputation. Rain already appeared the days before but we hadn’t seen anything yet until Saturday. In the race, cars shared the track with the sun, the rain and the snow, and of course, on top of that, the temperatures were very low. Seeing drivers racing in these conditions was really impressive, and their dexterity was highlighted.

After seeing the safety car appearing four times during the race, a lot of battles and action in LM P2 but especially in the GT categories, the race ended with a red flag due to the conditions, 10 minutes before its term. The Toyota #8 driven by Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso won in front of the Rebellion R13 #3 and the SMP Racing BR1 # 11. The Toyota #7 which encountered a problem with its hybrid system couldn’t do better than 6th place.

In LM P2, the DragonSpeed Oreca 07 #31 driven by Gonzalez, Maldonado and Davidson won its category for the first time in WEC. The G-Drive Racing #26 finished second in front of the Alpine #36.

In LM GTE PRO, the Aston Martin Racing #97 won in front of the AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO #51 which tried to get the first place till the end in an epic battle. The Porsche GT Team #92 took the third place as the #91 got a drive-through penalty for causing a collision.

The LM GTE AM saw the Dempsey-Proton Racing winning with its car #77 in front of the TF Sport Aston Martin #90.

At the end of this epic race and before the last round which is the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Toyota Gazoo Racing won the FIA World Endurance LMP1 championship and Porsche won the GT Manufacturers’ FIA World Championship.

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