Spa 24: Tomas Enge race report

Enge eighth in 24h Spa hours Tomas Enge finished 5th in the GT1 class and 8th overall in the Spa 24 hours. The Czech driver raced for the IPB Spartak Reiter Engineering in the most prestigious race of the FIA GT season. He shared a ...

Enge eighth in 24h Spa hours

Tomas Enge finished 5th in the GT1 class and 8th overall in the Spa 24 hours. The Czech driver raced for the IPB Spartak Reiter Engineering in the most prestigious race of the FIA GT season. He shared a Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT with Peter Kox, Jan Lammers and Roman Rusinov. They had excellent first half and moved from 8th on the grid to fourth place. All drivers drove without faults but they lost time with a gearbox failure.

Enge and co. were fourth after 13 hours of the race with one lap gap to third. Everything went well until the gearbox broke. They lost 25 laps during a long repair. The quartet was outside top 10 as a result but all four drivers played their part in the catch up.

Kox got the final eight place in the final seconds of the race when he past Tim Mullen's ferrari 430. Tomas's crew did 544 laps during the 24 hours, the winning Maserati MC12 managed to lap Spa 577 times. As usual, full grandstands saw a thrilling marathnone with many dramas like crash of Karl Wendlinger's Aston Martin DBR9 in the night or Sunday's fire of the Corvette C6R with Fabrizio Gollin nehind the wheel.

Tomas Enge spent approximately seven and half hours behind the wheel of the Lamborghini. He will not have a big opportunity to rest as next race of the Int. Czech Chhampionship is scheduled for next weekend. As always he will drive a Mercedes Bent DTM C-Klasse car at Most of the Charouz Racing System team in both endurance and sprint races.

Tomas Enge: "I have learned new experience. I raced another car in a new team for me and also got to know new team-mates Jan and Roman. It was really nice. I enjoyed driving a Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT. I was surprised by its good handling. I knew about unique sound of the car but I must say that I was shocked inside. The engine perhaps lacks a bit of power. Anyway, the overall impression is very good. Also the team was happy although we were delayed with a gearbox failure and therefore we did not score the best possible result. It is always better to drive a GT1 car than a GT2 car, so I am happy that I had this chance."

-credit: tomas-enge.com

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Jan Lammers , Tomas Enge , Fabrizio Gollin , Peter Kox , Roman Rusinov , Tim Mullen
Teams Reiter Engineering