Month: July 2017

Christian Krognes at the 24 Hours of Spa: The race

Christian Krognes makes his 24 Hours of Spa debut this weekend with the Walkenhorst Motorsport team. A Nordschleife specialist and VLN champion, it’s a whole new adventure for the talented racer from Norway. Follow Krognes this weekend in his daily blogs as makes his attack for Pro-Am class victory. Well, wasn’t that quite a race! For us at Walkenhorst Motorsport and the number 35 BMW M6 GT3 it didn’t quite end as we had hoped for, but what an incredible experience it has been either way. First of all, the 60-car GT3 grid at Spa is impressive by itself,...

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Ukyo Katayama: “It was an amazing effort to replace the crashed AMG”

Imagine you bring your team halfway across the world to live the dream of racing in the 24 Hours of Spa, and then for whatever reason, your star driver, the man who was going to guide the team to an unforgettable weekend, totals the only car you have in violent fashion in the ever-frightening Raidillon corner. This is exactly what happened on Thursday evening to Ukyo Katayama. The Formula 1 driver-turned sports car team director had the decision to make of whether to continue the weekend and scramble to find a spare car, or call it a day and...

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24 Hours of Spa: Live blog

It’s race day in the Ardennes! The 2017 edition of the Total 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps will see the Belgium flag at 16:30 local time as the race twice around the clock begins. The number 55 Kaspersky Motorsport Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 will start from pole after a stellar lap in Friday’s Super Pole session. James Calado set a 2:17.390 but was only 0.057 seconds faster than the second placed Grasser Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3. Weather is forecast to be mostly clear, but there is a rain shower expected towards the end of the race. Realistically, it’s Spa–anything can...

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Christian Krognes at the 24 Hours of Spa: Friday

Christian Krognes makes his 24 Hours of Spa debut this weekend with the Walkenhorst Motorsport team. A Nordschleife specialist and VLN champion, it’s a whole new adventure for the talented racer from Norway. Follow Krognes this weekend in his daily blogs as makes his attack for Pro-Am class victory. Fridays are typically one of the highlights during a normal week, and in the case of it being a day away from race day, one could say the same about a Friday before the 24 Hours of Spa. With the top 20 qualifying being the only track action of today,...

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Philipp Eng: “You don’t need to be fast, you need to be smart”

BMW turned it all around last year in Spa. After a disappointing first spring for the BMW M6 GT3, the Rowe Racing works squad went on to take the Ardennes classic by storm. Defending champion and BMW works driver Philipp Eng returns with his winning team to make it two in a row. So far, the season hasn’t been exclusively kind to Rowe Racing. Electing to skip the season opener in Monza due to what the team felt was a Balance of Performance disadvantage at the high speed Autodromo, it was at Silverstone where the team made its first...

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