The heart of the Ardennes forest in Belgium, sits the infamous 7km ribbon of tarmac, which has played host to some of the most exciting racing in motorsport history. This month welcomes our roster of talented GT drivers to the Spa-Francorchamps track, from racing debuts to 24 hour endurance events, this special place always provides a rewarding challenge.
British GT - Jordan Collard
The star in the British GT calendar is always the mid-season escape to Spa, as the paddock packs up and moves across to Belgium for one thrilling race. Taking to the wheel of his Tolman Motorsport backed McLaren, Jordan Collard contested in the GT4 class, in his first time racing at the famous circuit. With a deluge of rain soaking the track before qualifying on Saturday afternoon, it certainly served up a risky challenge for both Jordan and his teammate, who qualified 7th on the 25-strong GT4 grid with a combined lap time of 5:23.099.
Under better conditions on race day, it gave the pair a perfect opportunity to make up ground and take the fight to the front. Taking the start, Jordan immediately put the power down in the #5 car and managed to get the better of the Aston Martins ahead, proving the pace of his McLaren 570S. With strong running, he managed to be right on the tail of Dorlin by the time he passed over to his teammate. However with a success penalty to serve as a result of their top 3 finish at Donington, they knew they were out of contention for the victory and focussed on claiming valuable points in the championship fight.
When heartbreak struck for the sister car in the final laps, the #5 crew found themselves promoted to 2nd place, earning them a strong haul of points for their title campaign, just 5 points behind the leaders with two rounds left to play.
Speaking of Jordan’s achievement, Gary Catt, Director of Infinity Sports Management:
“Jordan put in a great stint in the race in Spa. Starting P6, he made his way through and was sat on the tail of the leader as he handed over the car to his team mate halfway through the two hour race. A time penalty in the pit stop, ultimately put the win out of reach for the team, so a 2nd place finish was the best they could hope for.
With results going the way they did it, keeps the team in the championship fight going into the final races.”
24 Hours of Spa
Ricky Collard and Charlie Eastwood
From one Collard to another, Ricky Collard gets back in the racing seat this weekend, to tackle the epic challenge of the 24 Hours of Spa, racing through the night and into the dawn, the endurance race holds many hurdles both mentally and physically for the drivers. Having suffered a DNF at last year’s event, Ricky looks to build on his experience and push for a good result.
Ricky joins his team R-Motorsport, racing alongside teammates Hugo de Sadeleer, Ferdinand Habsburg and Aaro Vainio in the Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3.
“Ricky is enjoying a great season with R Motorsport and has settled in to the team very well, while his main focus has been the Blancpain Sprint Series, this is a great opportunity for him to test himself against the best in the world in a 24hr race. His pace has been fantastic, especially in qualifying and I am sure the team can fight for the victory.” - Director of Infinity Sports Management, Harry Soden
In a short space of time, Charlie Eastwood has rapidly become a maestro of endurance racing, following a sensational debut at the 24 Hours of Nürbürgring just last year, where he earned a 2nd place finish. Charlie has gone on to claim multiple podiums throughout the FIA WEC Superseason, ending the year as 3rd place in the GTE Am Drivers FIA Endurance Trophy.
He certainly made his mark, taking victory at the 24H Dubai earlier this year. Despite suffering a DNF at the 24 Hours of Spa in 2018, Charlie is well placed for a strong finish this year.
Racing with teammates Salih Yoluc, Ahmad Al Harthy and Nicki Thiim, the Aston Martin Racing Junior tackles the challenge with his team Oman Racing with TF Sport
“Off the back of a very strong performance in Le Mans, I know Charlie will be keen to carry this on at Spa this weekend, like Ricky I see no reason why he can't be fighting at the front.” Director of Infinity Sports Management, Harry Soden