The legendary track in the Belgian Spa, which last weekend hosted the European series of Le Mans, once again confirmed its reputation as the most interesting in the world.
CRASH TEST FOR EDGES
A special relationship with the fans and racers, the track has received over a set of turns Eau Rouge, although it all started with the fact that race was used by ordinary civilian roads. And raced pilots between the villages of Malmedy, Stavelot and Francorchamps, and led the local speed sometimes to disastrous consequences. 60 years of Jackie Stewart tested the strength of the village house near the road. At the same time tested the strength of his body. Both hands and a set of edges this crash test did not survive.
In the 70s it was even worse. During the 24-hour race killed three races. And then decided that with the increasing speeds of such a lane will not cope. It was decided to seriously redo it.
ECHOES OF THE PAST
Yes, it is echoes of the past, when the road fought one after the other, remind myself to this day. The pilots all were safe and sound, you can not say about their cars. Some had to use and does a replacement car.
More than others unlucky race car No. 28, IDEC Sport. His crew always claims the highest place, but the results of qualifying he was dropped from the first starting line pretty far. And it took considerable effort to move the group leaders.
THE BIKE BRAKED RIDERS
Spa respect for the riders, but even more idolized cyclists. Odd, isn’t it? But this is Belgium. Here cyclists honored. Because the start of the race gave the legendary Belgian cyclist Tom Boonen for a long time signing autographs. So the racers patiently waited, and when the focus will be, finally, they, and not some two-wheeled heroes.
The crew Panis Barthez Competition (No. 23) came to finish eighth, and No. 24, which was ruled by the Russian Konstantin Tereshchenko, unfortunately, the finish is not reached at all.
European series, Le Mans. Spa. LMP2
1. UNITED AUTOSPORTS (22)
2. GRAFF (39)
3. COOL RACING (37)
4. COOL RACING (26)
5. DUQUEINE ENGINEERING (30)
6. IDEC SPORT (28)
7. DRAGONSPEED (21)
8. PANIS BARTHEZ COMPETITION (23)
9. UNITED AUTOSPORTS (32)
10. ALGARVE PRO RACING (25)
11. BHK MOTORSPORT (35)
12. INTER EUROPOL COMPETITION (34)
13. ALGARVE PRO RACING (31)
14. RLR M SPORT (43)
15. HIGH CLASS RACING (20)
16. IDEC SPORT (27) – STOP
17. PANIS BARTHEZ COMPETITION (24) – STOP
source: “Soviet sport”