At the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the season highlight of the Blancpain GT Series, the HB Racing drivers claimed the fifth position in the AM-class. In the overall classification, Bernard Delhez (B), Gilles Vannelet (F), Mike Stursberg (D) and Christopher Zanella (CH) achieved a respectable result with the 28th position as well.
More than 60 GT3-cars competed in the biggest GT race of the world. The regular drivers of the car with starting number 777 were supported by ADAC GT Masters entrant Christopher Zanella for the season highlight. The young Swiss secured the second starting position in class for the international quartet in the qualifying sessions.
When the lights turned green, Christopher Zanella brought the car safely through the first stint and handed the steering wheel over to Mike Stursberg. Afterwards Gilles Vannelet and Bernard Delhez collected their first race laps as well. The opening stints were followed by 20 hours in which the more than 500 HP strong Lamborghini Huracán GT3 ran without any problems.
Even when it started to rain during the night, the four drivers avoided any mistakes and continuously improved in the overall classification. Only because of the repetitive exceed of the track limits, the HB-Racing-Lamborghini received two drive-through-penalties. After 24 hours and 522 laps the car crossed the finish line in fifth position of the AM-class.
In the overall standings, Delhez, Vannelet, Stursberg and Zanella were classified on a respectable 28th position. “Exciting battles, a lot of traffic, many accidents and rain during the night. As expected, it was a really tough race,” Mike Stursberg reported after the final stint. “After the qualifying sessions I hoped for a podium result, but the competition in the Blancpain GT Series is extremely tough. We can be proud that we reached the finish-line without any incidents despite the penalties.”
Team manager Andreas Fuchs drew a positive conclusion as well: “For the first time in our team history we took the big challenge of Spa this season. The car was running like a clockwork and the drivers did a good job. We hoped for a little bit more rain with our suspension setup. In that case, even more would have been possible. Nevertheless, we can be really satisfied.”
There is no break ahead for HB Racing: Already at the next weekend, the team will compete with two Lamborghini Huracán GT3 in the ADAC GT Masters races at Nürburgring. After the first season-podium in Zandvoort, the squad wants to continue its positive development. In the Blancpain GT Series the season continues from 30th September to 1st October in Barcelona.