This is where people much smarter than us drivers come in. While most of the frontrunners played it safe and fitted rain tyres to their cars, further down the grid some drivers gambled by opting for slicks. I closed the gap for the first few laps but I was pushing so hard, wrecking my tyres in the process. Piccini managed to claw his way back to the top and a faultless drive by team-mate Michal Broniszewski meant the Kessel Racing duo could claim the top step of the Pro-Am podium. Vervisch was still in third but, after being informed he was some 30 seconds behind the leaders, decided to settle for the lowest of podium finishes. So we lost almost 40 seconds as a result of that.
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A War Of Attrition – Bentley’s Maxime Soulet On The Spa 24 Hours | Mobil 1 The Grid
I knew that I needed to make sure this car crossed the line. Ulteriori informazioni Okay, thanks. We knew most of the other guys were on wets so the plan was to take slicks and play the long game, but after two laps I radioed in to say we were losing too much time. But so did the race leader Chris Haase in the Audi.
Obviously, the fight for the class wins was heavily influenced by the changing conditions as well. This means that, while we are pushing our car to the limit, so is everybody else. We are happy to have won Pro-Am and hope to racong the same tomorrow, but we might gain some spots overall as well. We may not have stood on the top step of the podium at the 24 Hours of Spa but, when only 10 seconds separates you and the winners after 24 long hours of racing, you know that you and your team have done something amazing.
The drying circuit also forced cars on rain tyres to pit early. When you stand on the podium and look at the guys stood there with you, you have ultimate racnig for all of them.
Bentley Boys Andy Soucek and Maxime Soulet take surprise win in Misano Qualifier
That played into the hands of the drivers who had started on slicks and were yet to pit. So we lost almost 40 seconds as a result of that.
I closed the gap for the first few laps but I was pushing maxmie hard, wrecking my tyres in the process. But, as I left the pits for the final time, I was in fourth place, with two of the cars ahead still to pit. No doubt, the team did a great job with strategy. Rading started on the rain tyres which, for us at least, was the correct decision. With the asphalt on the Misano World Circuit being wet at the start of the Qualifying Race, tyre choice proved to be crucial for the first of two races at the opening event of the Blancpain GT Series.
As a racing driver, I would always want to be leading the race throughout.
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Max Soulet was writing exclusively for Mobil 1 The Grid. Both carrying battle scars and war wounds, but both built strong enough to withstand being pushed to the limit on one of the most demanding tracks, for 24 hours.
Vervisch was still in third but, after being informed he was some 30 seconds behind the leaders, decided to settle for the lowest of podium finishes. You need to do something smart strategy-wise to get a jump on the rest of the pack. But, with nearly 40 cars on track, a dry line quickly formed and allowed those on slicks to make progress again.
Of course it ended up drying out and look where we ended up! Questo sito si serve dei cookie di Google per l’erogazione dei servizi, la personalizzazione degli annunci e l’analisi del traffico.
I racign want to thank M-Sport who have been working so hard and deserve this victory as much as ourselves and Bentley. The reason so many cars have failures or crash is because, well, we are all racing on the edge. The Audi may have won, but we had all finished the battle.
If you want to know how tough this race is, just soullet my post-race interview. The race was on. We have already shown our pace in the wet and dry this weekend. I gave it my all, I really did.
So Racung have to give credit to my teammates, Vince and Andy, as well as the wider team. The Belgian gained more than 10 positions in the opening laps and was running inside the top overall when contact with a Lamborghini dropped him down the order.
Max Van Splunteren in the Attempto Racing Lamborghini took advantage of the incident to pass Sanchez and claim third.