29. July 2018
Podium Glory at the 24 Hours of Spa for Strakka Racing
Strakka Racing today sealed its first 24 Hours of Spa podium finish, with the 70th edition of the world’s leading 24-hour GT race taking place this weekend at the iconic 7.004km Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. It marks the second podium of the season for the ProAm crew and the result at the legendary race elevates Strakka Racing to second in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup ProAm Teams Championship.
With over 200 drivers and 63 cars, the race is one of the most fearsome and revered in the world, and Strakka Racing fielded three Mercedes-AMG GT3 racers for the event, which was as action packed as expected. Strakka’s #42 ProAm entry featuring Nick Levents, Chris Buncombe, Lewis Williamson and David Fumanelli finished on the podium, second in class, and the highest ranked ProAm Mercedes entry, while the #43 Pro car entry of Maxi Buhk, Maxi Götz and Alvaro Parente finished in 11th overall, just missing out on a points scoring position. The #44 Pro entry was forced to retire before the seven hour mark with a technical issue.
Car #43 (Pro, Mercedes-AMG Team Strakka Racing) – P10 overall
The trio of Maxi Buhk, Maxi Götz and Alvaro Parente undertook driving duties for the #43. It was a challenging qualifying and the team was disappointed to miss out on Super Pole, with the #43 having to settle for a 29th place starting slot. They were able to make good progress in the race, moving up to 15th spot by just after the quarter distance, maintained steady pace and positioning through the hours of darkness and ran as high as a tenth during the last two hours of the race. Thanks to a strong race-long team performance which saw Maxi, Maxi and Alvaro gain 18 places over the 24 hours, the team had to settle for a 11th place finish, just missing out on a points scoring position.
Maxi Götz, #43: “This is such a long race that one of the most important things is to stay out of trouble and we did that well. We maybe made a couple of pitstop calls at the wrong time and got unlucky with a Full Course Yellow period but generally we did what we needed to do well. The pace wasn’t good enough to be further ahead; in the first sector particularly we were losing quite a lot of time compared to the rest. But from a performance perspective from the team and drivers it was a solid job.”