ELMS 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps 2018

The 5th round of the European Le Mans Series, took place at Spa-Francorchamps, with an attendance of 40 cars racing in the LMP2, LMP3 and GTE classes. Although Qualifying remained dry, rain was present throughout the weekend. On race-day a storm bringing extreme weather joined the party, which is why the race organizers decided to bring the race forward by 2 hours in a hope to avoid the worst.

The race started under a constant drizzle and with the safety car leading the pack to give the drivers a chance to familiarize themselves with the extreme conditions. After 4 laps under the safety car, they were released to find their own pace. After 100 minutes of racing and the 3rd safety car of the day out on track, the rain kept increasing. LMP3 driver Martin Hippe: "you could not even follow the Safety car, it was that slippery at the end" (GT-Eins)

The logical consequence was a red flag which was shown after 125 minutes of racing and would mean half points for all point scoring teams if the race was not resumed. Half an hour after the break it was announced that the race would not be restarted.

With this signaling the end of the race, the United Autosport Ligier duo of Phil Hansson and Filipe Albuquerque #22 takes the win before the Dragonspeed of Hendrik Hedman, Nicolas Lapierre and Ben Hanley and the Panis-Barthez Competition Ligier of Timothé Buret, Julien Canal and Will Stevens.

In the LMP3 class it was also a United Autosports team that took the win with the duo John Falb and Scott Andrews in the #2 Ligier in front of the #15 RLR Msport Ligier of Job van Uitert, John Farano and Robert Garofall. Third on the podium is the British 360 Racing Ligier team driven by Terrence Woodward and Ross Kaiser.

In the GTE class, the victory goes to the Ebimotors Porsche trio Fabio Babini, Riccardo Pera and Bret Curtis ahead of the #55 Spirit of Race Ferrari driven by Duncan Cameron, Matt Griffin and Aaron Scott and the #88 Proton Porsche driven by Gianluca Roda, Giorgio Roda and Matteo Cairoli.

With 55% of the race completed only half points were handed out. Under these circumstances, the 11th placed G-Drive (LMP2) trio of Roman Rusinov, Andrea Pizzitola and Jean-Eric Vergne were able to secure the 2018 ELMS championship title.

When all stars align, Spa Classic 2018

Blue skies, the smell of spring, the sound of music.

The circuit of Spa-Francorchamps is draped over the hilly Ardennes countryside and has attracted racing drivers and fans from all over the world as long as it has existed. Just as you think it could not get any better, add some Group C cars, Classic Endurance Racing, Euro F2 Classic, Heritage Touring Cup, Sixties Endurance and plenty more and you have Spa Classic 2018.

I was privileged enough to enjoy this weekend from very close and would like to share a small selection of photos from this brilliant event.

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Spa Classic 2017

As I arrive at the 7th edition of the Spa-Classic event I am greeted by low menacing clouds, heavy rain and a dramatic backdrop for a weekend of historic racing.

With 14 races, 8 grids and more than 300 cars competing on what is most driver’s favourite circuit this historic racing event is the place to be during the weekend.

Time to head out onto the track. As I work hard to keep my equipment dry the race-car tyres out on track are working equally hard to disperse water from beneath them and by doing so create dramatic scenes of cars delicately dancing under a blanket of heavy spray. Perfect for moody shots.

Wet, and worn out I return back to the paddock from a day out on the hilly circuit (I covered 17km by foot) but am satisfied with the dramatic photos I was able to take. Day two and three are dry and sunny which I am grateful for.

The public and drivers share their passion for cars in an open and friendly atmosphere. There are plenty of touring cars on display reminding us of the heyday of the Spa 24 hours when the race was still reserved for large scale production cars.

Participating categories include Sixties Endurance, Classic Endurance Racing, Heritage Touring Cup, Trofeo Nastro Rosso and Group C. Single seaters also made a comeback with the Euro F2 Classic races as the first single seater series at the event followed by 50+ Formula Vee’s.

A special treat was the night race for touring cars on Saturday, throwing the spectators back into endurance races of a bygone era.

As the weekend draws to a close, I leave with sore legs but more importantly with the smell, sound and sight of classic racing engraved into my mind for a long time to come!