After a successful career with BMW, Maxime Martin chose to go a different route for 2018. Signing up with Aston Martin Racing, the Belgian went for a GT3 and FIA WEC-centered campaign with the British sportscar manufacturer. With the 24-hours races of the Nürburgring and Le Mans behind him, it’s time for the big one in his home country: the 24 Hours of Spa.
The SRO Speed Week kicked off a week and a half of racing at Spa-Francorchamps with British GT headlining the action in the weekend leading up to the Spa 24 Hours. Victory in the national championship was hotly contested, ending after two hours of racing with yet another win for Aston Martin. This time it was Jetstream Motorsport who took the honours as Maxime Martin and Graham Davidson drove their Aston Martin Vantage GT3 to victory.
“The Spa 24 Hours is a different story, it’s another race,” Martin says.
“I’m definitely looking forward to it. It’ll be a hard race—Blancpain GT is completely different from British GT. It won’t be easy, but we have a good car as we showed today. I don’t know if it’s enough in the 24-hour race, but we have a chance and we’ll try to take it.”
Two years ago, Martin took the win with Rowe Racing. After a rainy Sunday, the BMW M6 GT3 pilot came home with the win.
“To win here in 2016 with BMW at the time was amazing.
“For a Belgian driver to win the 24 Hours of Spa is the best race you can win, and to have done that is perfect. But you always want to win more, so that’s the next goal.
“We’ll try for sure.”