Newsflash: Early Drama as WEC Prologue Kicks Off
Multiple accidents on opening day of on-track action for FIA World Endurance Championship...
Both TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GTEs crashed at Raidillon and United Autosports LMP2 driver Filipe Albuquerque set the fastest lap overall in an eventful opening session of the FIA World Endurance Championship Prologue pre-season test.
Ben Keating went off at the high-speed Eau Rouge-Raidillon section to bring out the red flags just under one hour into the two-hour Monday morning session, before D’station Racing’s Satoshi Hoshino crashed 10 minutes after the return to green flag running.
The second accident for the No. 777 D’station car caused damage to the left-side barriers that prompted race officials to call proceedings to an early halt.
Monday’s afternoon session, which was due to start at 2 p.m. local time, will now get underway half an hour earlier at 1:30 p.m. to compensate for the time lost.
At the top of the leaderboard, LMP2 entries dominated as the fastest car from the new Hypercar top category finished eighth overall.
Corvette C8.R in “Better Spot” for Second GTE-Pro Outing
Corvette Racing’s C8.R is in a “better spot” coming into this weekend’s Total 6 Hours of Spa compared to its previous FIA World Endurance Championship outing at Circuit of The Americas last year, according to the American GTE-Pro outfit’s technical director.
A factory-run Chevrolet Corvette C8.R contested the 6 Hours of COTA round in February 2020, marking the vehicle’s second competitive race appearance in any series.
It ultimately struggled for pace against the full-season GTE-Pro entries from Aston Martin, Porsche and Ferrari, and was classified three laps down on the class-winning car.
Fourteen months later, Corvette factory squad technical director Ben Johnson has said that the Pratt & Miller-run organization is more optimistic heading into its latest WEC cameo at Spa-Francorchamps, despite the Belgian track being a new venue for the team.