Twelve months after securing its first 24 Hours of Spa podium finish with its Pro-Am entry, Strakka Racing repeated the feat in remarkable fashion at the 2019 edition of the race, in an event that many drivers stated was held in the toughest conditions of their careers.
A bumper 72 cars and almost 250 drivers took to the 7.004km Spa-Francorchamps circuit for the 71st Total 24 Hours of Spa. What most couldn’t have predicted was the sea change in weather from the build-up to race day itself, both of which posed its own challenges. After facing temperatures exceeding forty degrees Celsius in the preparation sessions, temperatures plummeted by over twenty degrees on Saturday and Sunday, with torrential rain affecting the race. Tyre strategy proved crucial as the track alternated between wet and dry over the course of the race, which started under the safety car and was peppered with Full Course Yellows and a lengthy six-hour red flag period, starting at the 13-hour mark, due to the dangerous weather conditions.
Richard Heistand and his team mates in the #43 Car (Jack Hawksworth, Christina Nielsen and David Fumanelli recorded a fantastic podium finish.
For the second consecutive year, Strakka Racing’s scored a podium finish in the Pro-Am class of the finish of the notoriously tough race, made even tougher this year by the chaotic and dangerous weather conditions. They started from fifth place in the Pro-Am class after performing well in qualifying. The team drove a solid race, staying out of trouble in dreadful conditions and rarely slipping out of a Pro-Am podium finishing spot, but were hindered by the disruptions of the race in completing their mandatory technical pitstop. Nevertheless, they pushed hard until the end and, despite two late race drive through penalties, had performed strongly and were rewarded with a well-earned position on the rostrum, to make it two out of two Pro-Am podiums for the Strakka Racing and Mercedes-AMG relationship at the Spa 24h.
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