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. 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. We have already shown our pace in the wet and dry this weekend. I closed the gap for the first few laps but I was pushing so hard, wrecking my tyres in the process. So I have to give credit to my teammates, Vince and Andy, as well as the wider team. Max Soulet was writing exclusively for Mobil 1 The Grid.
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It is a bit unlucky but that is a lot of time.
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Both carrying battle scars and war wounds, but both souleet strong enough to withstand being pushed to the limit on one of the most demanding tracks, for 24 hours. No doubt, the team did a great job with strategy.
A lot of others were on slicks but I thought it was easier and safer to overtake using the wets in the first part of the race.
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. Mixed conditions and a Full Course Yellow during the pitstop window meant that polesitters Laurens Vanthoor and Frederic Vervisch had to settle for third.
For 24 hours, we were faultless. But, with nearly 40 aoulet on track, a dry line quickly formed and allowed those on slicks to make progress again.
When you stand on the podium and look at the guys stood there with you, you have ultimate respect for all of them.
Of the 66 cars that started the event, only 34 crossed the finish line. We have only just received the car, and we have still a lot to learn.
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But so did the race leader Chris Haase in the Audi. 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. Obviously, the fight for the class wins was heavily influenced by the changing conditions as well. I gave it my all, I really did. At Bentley, we have the best endurance strategists in the world, but putting your faith in them is still hard.
Mazime 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.
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So I have to give credit to my teammates, Vince and Andy, as well as the wider team. So we lost almost 40 seconds as a result of that. We are happy to maximme won Pro-Am and hope to mqxime the same tomorrow, but we might gain some spots overall as souket. However, a couple of minutes before the end of the pitstop window, a Full Course Yellow was called by the race director, to remove debris on the track. Maxime Soulet not only finished the 24 Hours of Spa, he and his Bentley Motorsport teammates Andy Soucek and Vince Abril went on to stand on the second step of the podium.
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We have already shown our pace in the wet and dry this weekend. The Belgian polesitter had taken the hole shot, managed to create a seven second gap, and even though Maxi Buhk in the 84 HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG reduced his deficit by a couple of seconds at the end of his opening stint, Frederic Vervisch remained the virtual leader after the driver change with the older of the Vanthoor brothers.
The drying circuit also forced cars on rain tyres to pit early.
I knew that I needed to make sure this car crossed the line. Max Van Splunteren in the Attempto Racing Lamborghini took advantage of the incident to pass Sanchez and claim third. Ulteriori informazioni Okay, thanks. We knew most of the other guys were sou,et 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.
The medical team was called and my teammates rushed over… so that they could take selfies over me as I lay on the floor!
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As a racing driver, I would always want to be leading the race throughout. That played into the hands of the drivers who had started on slicks and were yet to pit. 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. It is still very maximee days for the new BMW M6.