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2019 24-HOUR Series: IDEC SPORT heading for the Spa-Francorchamps 12-Hour Race

There is another weekend of racing ahead for IDEC SPORT, which is heading for the legendary Spa-Francorchamps track in Belgium in the framework of the 24-Hour Series. The team will compete in a 12-Hour race spread over two days. Patrice Lafargue, Paul Lafargue and Dimitri Enjalbert will be sharing the steering wheel in the Mercedes AMG GT3.

There will be no rest for the IDEC SPORT team, who have just returned from the first leg of the European Le Mans Series (ELMS), as they are already preparing for the second meeting in the 2019 24-Hour Series. The LMP2s were unloaded and the trucks emptied and then reloaded. They’re off again to Belgium for the Spa Francorchamps 12-Hour Race. The Mercedes AMG GT3 will be racing in the A6-Pro category (the leading category). It will be driven by Patrice Lafargue, Paul Lafargue and Dimitri Enjalbert.

The latter just tested the circuit in the Ardennes: “I was in Spa last week as a passenger in a GT3 RS. There have been some interesting little changes, such as a change to the rumble strip and a few other things.”

“We feel frustrated after Le Mugello (clutch problem) as we were performing well and we want to confirm that this weekend. Spa is a bit like home for us. It’s close by, so we will not be as tired, which is a positive thing for the whole weekend,” explained Dimitri Enjalbert, who feels highly motivated. “We are looking forward to a race where we can do battle with the leaders and end up tired for a good reason. It would be nice to offer the team a place on the podium.”

Driving on this 7km track, which is used by F1s and WEC cars and where the world’s best have won, is always a fantastic moment for the drivers, as Dimitri confirmed: “It’s one of the finest circuits in the world and we’ll be there with a fabulous racing car. It’s exciting. We know we have a lot of support. I can’t wait to see how we pass the Raidillon corner with the Mercedes.”

The large number of cars on the track will be easier to deal with than at Le Mugello because of the length of the track, but they will have to be careful in some sections: “We have to remain focused. If we catch a slower car as we hit the Raidillon corner, it’s not easy to deal with. Sometimes it can be better to ease off, rather than be slowed down, when you need to get going again.”

Four hours of free trials are scheduled for Thursday and one hour on Friday. Qualifying will be down to thirty minutes of racing late on Friday morning. There will then be the first part of the race at 1405hrs. The 44 competitors will set off for 3h50 of racing before returning to the paddock. The second start is on Saturday 20th at 1005hrs. The chequered flag will be waved at 1755hrs.

Get all the info about the IDEC SPORT team on social networks with our Facebook page: IDEC SPORT Racing, the Android app: IDEC SPORT, and on Twitter: @IDECSportRacing and Instagram: idecsportracing.

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