Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Collard clinches sensational 24 Hours of Spa victory

Infinity Sports Management’s Ricky Collard stormed to a sensational victory at the 24 Hours of Spa in the Pro-AM class.

Ricky was joined by his farther Rob Collard, Sandy Mitchell and Leo Machitski as the quartet claimed an iconic victory.

This win also means Ricky and Rob made history by becoming the first father and son combination to be class winners in the GT era.

It wasn’t all plain sailing at Spa as during Rob’s stint, the #77 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo picked up a puncture following contact with another car and dropped to the back of the field.

The team continued to fight hard and in the seventh hour Ricky and his teammates took the lead of the class.

The lead changed hands on several occasions during the treacherous night stint, but come the morning the #77 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo emerged back ahead. At the chequered flag the team crossed the line over a lap clear of its class competitors and 15th overall.

Ricky Collard, 2020 24 Hours of Spa Pro-AM winner:

“Not only winning but becoming the first Father and Son duo to win the 24 Hours of Spa is incredible. It was a rollercoaster of emotions, seeing us drop to the back of the field but then to recover to ultimately take the victory at such an iconic venue such as Spa is an amazing achievement. I'd like to thank the whole team, my teammates and ISM for their continued support and for making this possible.”

Harry Soden, Infinity Sports Management:

“We at ISM are incredibly proud of Ricky’s victory at the 24 Hours of Spa. To win such a prestigious race in difficult conditions at a legendary circuit such as Spa requires great skill, determination and patience - all qualities Ricky has continued to demonstrate throughout the season.”

Lady luck deserts Bird and Kjærgaard at Spa

Frank Bird and Nicolai Kjærgaard’s chances of finishing on the podium in the Silver Cup class on their debut at the 24 Hours of Spa were blighted by reliability issues.

Frank and Nicolai were joined by Euan McKay in the Bentley Motorsport Academy Continental GT3 as they tackled the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit for the first time.

As the race began, Frank’s two stints early on pushed the team up to third before a software glitch thwarted their progress, dropping them to seventh.

The bad luck didn’t stop there as a gearbox issue ended their chances of a podium in the morning.

Frank and Nicolai fought hard in the closing hours, ultimately classifying fifth in the Silver Cup.

The duo will be back in action for the Circuit Paul Ricard 1000km (November 13-15) for the final round of the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup.

Harry Soden:

“Racing can be cruel at times but there were still plenty of positives to take for Frank and Nicolai. Both drivers battled through mechanical problems to finish the race in top five in their visit to Spa. Frank and Nicolai will grow from their experiences and hopefully next time they will have luck on their side.”