SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS 9th July 2016
After taking pole position last time out at Silverstone and having the win taken away from us, Sandy and I were hungrier than ever to get a good result at one of the most iconic tracks in the world, Spa Francorchamps.
The pace in Friday practice was very good and I was fastest in both sessions, although we did have some electrical issues that stopped us doing longer runs so we didn’t really know what the race pace was like.
The conditions for qualifying on Friday afternoon were looking changeable, as Spa is such a long track, it could be bone dry at one end and soaking wet at the other, which turned out to be the case.
Sandy started on slicks but had to pit on his first lap because sector two was too wet, but he went back out on wets and managed to put in a time good enough for fourth, then just before my session we made the call to go on slicks as we were looking at the rate the lap times were improving, which turned out to be the right call, but sector two was still very wet and the car was quite a handful.
In the end I managed to put the car pole in my session by three seconds which also put us pole in GT4.
It looked like the race on Saturday would be a bit hectic, with almost 60 cars on the grid it was going to be a very busy circuit!
Sandy got a great start from pole and even managed to pass six GT3 cars before Eau Rouge, creating a good gap to the next GT4 of Alex Reed in the Ginetta. The pace throughout his stint was looking great and just before the stop we had a 25 second advantage over the Ginetta, so it looked like it was going to be plain sailing from there to the end.
I got my helmet on and waited in the pit lane with the mechanics ready for the car to come in, but it never did – we ended up running out of fuel on the in lap due to an engine problem so I never even got the chance to drive.
It was a bitter end to what looked like our strongest weekend so far this season.