Our magazine for the Hankook 12H SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS is now available for digital download. This month, we breakdown some of the main talking points ahead of this weekend’s race. We find out what’s really required to win in 992 from reigning class champion Red Ant Racing. And we have an in-depth chat with Haas RT founder and team boss Sandrine Haas about her time in Formula 1, the motor racing scene in Antigua, and why her team can be a formidable frontrunner. All that and more in this month’s magazine.
It won’t come as too much of a surprise to learn that the Hankook 12H SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, now in its fifth running in 2023, remains among the most popular events on the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook calendar, for competitors and fans alike. A rich and distinguished racing history. Plentiful opportunities for side-by-side racing. A layout that’s as charismatic and technical as any you’d find around the world. Good beer(!) What more could one want from an endurance racing weekend in the Ardennes?
This weekend though hopefully promises much more than ‘just’ a dramatic endurance race. After a stellar opening event in Mugello, the fight for CREVENTIC’s European Trophy is already well underway with seven different teams level-pegging at the top of the overall GT standings. And as we discuss this month, many are wondering whether our reigning GT European Trophy winner – Phoenix Racing – can hit the ground running on its series return this weekend.
Indeed, in this month’s ‘Talking Points,’ we also ask whether, one – or several – event records will be broken at Spa-Francorchamps, how CREVENTIC’s latest venture in Portugal will play out (more on that on page HERE), and whether series newcomer Haas RT can follow-up its Mugello win with another strong result in Belgium. Team owner and founder Sandrine Haas, with whom we grabbed a few words in Mugello, will certainly be among those hoping it can.
Similarly keen to make a strong impression in the 24H SERIES in 2023 is Land Motorsport as the German team looks to wipe the slate clean after a tough weekend in Tuscany. Something, as we find out with team boss Christian Land, of which the former Hankook 24H DUBAI winner is more than capable.
Elsewhere in this month’s paddock magazine, we take a look back at an incident at La Source in 2018 that could have proved disastrous for future Overall GT Teams’ champion PROsport Performance. We find out firsthand from Stéphane Perrin why getting out of a moving car is not the wisest of ideas. And Belgium’s Red Ant Racing walks CREVENTIC through what is actually required to win the hotly-contested 992 title.
Oh, and radiolemans.com’s Joe Bradley explains why Spa-Francorchamps’ fearsome Eau Rouge- Raidillon complex is, arguably, as big a challenge for engineers as it is for drivers… hey hey, save it for Twitter!