Belcar Spa Racing Festival notes

Penders / Lamot did what they had to do during the Spa Racing Festival, finishing 3rd overall and winning their GTB-class; after the race they gained one more place, because Longin / Couwberghs were penalized for overtaking under...

Penders / Lamot did what they had to do during the Spa Racing Festival, finishing 3rd overall and winning their GTB-class; after the race they gained one more place, because Longin / Couwberghs were penalized for overtaking under safety car - the Porsche drivers keeping all options open for the Belcar title. The SRT crew also did what they had to do, namely winning the race, but if Penders / Lamot finish at least 4th overall and 1st in GTB during the Zolder Masters, the last Belcar round, the TT Racing squad will be Belcar champions. This could be the first overall title for a GTB team ever in the Belcar series.

Both teams have some pressure now; SRT has only one real option left, they have to win the last race of the season, even if mathematically other scenarios are still possible.

So if the Corvette wins, Penders / Lamot have to be 4th overall and 1st in class. If the blue C5-R is 2nd, the Porsche team has to finish within the top-9 overall if they win their class. If Penders / Lamot are only 2nd in class, they have to finish within the top-6. Many other possibilities are still open, but are not very likely.

Anyway the championship could be won or lost by only 1 or even half a point. This is due to the scoring system of the Belcar races during the 1000 K and of course the Zolder 24, where half points were distributed after 6 and 12 hours.

Kuismanen and Vosse are both also still in competition but not without major trouble for the two other contenders.

Franz Lamot explains what happened in Spa last week: "Of course, third in a 125-minute race with a GTB Porsche is incredible. The last safety car period and the consequences of it were God's gift because normally we're not supposed to be on the overall podium."

"First Bart Couwberghs passed under yellow, without immediate consequence, then Kuismanen got a stop & go but he did not stop and was penalized with 60" after the race. And our luck wasn't over yet. Rudi got by Leo Van Sande in the closing stages of the races and even though Leo and Rudi had a small coming together, both drivers continued. After the race, Leo admitted not to have seen Rudi. We were then in a virtual 4th overall. Some laps before the end, the Mazda hit Koen Wauters and Koen lost his 3rd place. After the race, we complained against the overtaking manoeuvre of Couwberghs and finished after all on the podium. The early retirement of the Maes / Verbist Porsche also helped us to finish as high as 3rd."

"The last race in Zolder will again be very difficult: we'll drive our own race but we'll have to keep in touch with the frontrunners, and another class victory is of course very important. But the come back of the Thiers brothers in GTB with a brand new Porsche 996 GT3-RS will make it no easier than it already was."

Meanwhile GLPK withdrew its appeal against the decision of the race directors at Spa, after the images of the race were released. But the sporting committee will still have to meet and take a decision.

The minute lost by the Kuismanen Viper ruined its championship hopes. The Vosse / Kuismanen crew is now 3rd in the GT-championship. In GTA, they are still second, eight points behind the Corvette. Both PSI Porsches will fight for 3rd spot in GTA with only one point separating them. In GTB, Penders / Lamot are of course champions, but the battle for 2nd is still open. The difference between the Qvick Ultima and the First Porsche Super Cup is now up to 9 points but everything is still possible. Both teams are at least sure to finish 3rd in GTB after the forfeit of de Gastines / De Bock and the bad luck of the Belgium Racing Ultima.

In the division for touring cars, a finish will make three in a row for the Beli

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Series Road racing
Drivers Franz Lamot , Koen Wauters