October 12th - October 14th 2007
Sunshine for Sumpter at Spa!
The final Group C/GTP race weekend featured perfect blue skies throughout the weekend at Spa.
Mark Sumpter got his head down to post a 2 – 11 pole time, with Brian DeVries up next in his awesome Intrepid Chevrolet, with the close fight for the 3rd finally wrestled from the Silk Cut Jaguar of Justin Law by David Mercer in his C1 Spice.
There were many close times in qualifying, with two Primagaz Porsche 962’s debuting with new drivers Olivers Mathai in the number 27 1990 example and Maierhofer in the number 72 1987 example that finished second at Le Mans that year, both having a fabulous weekend, enjoying some close racing and getting to grips very well with their new cars.
Race day promised some great excitement, and was not to disappoint as Justin Law made the best of his normally aspirated V12 engine to drive straight through to lead from row 2 in to La Source, followed by Brian De Vries, with Sumpter third.
Sumpter later ran level with the Intrepid in to La Source, which spun due to gear selection problems. A fabulous battle then followed between Sumpter and Law, eventually falling to Sumpter, their respective fastest laps within a tenth of a second. Further down, Rob Sherrard in the Blaupunkt 962 had a great battle with Kent Abrahamson’s Ford Probe and Richard Chester’s Buick Tiga and Duncan McKay’s Bardon finished their race long battle in that order.
Amazingly, the longer optional two driver Sunday race enjoyed equally perfect conditions.
Law made another great start and got to the inside at La Source to take the lead again. He was the fastest in sector one and a great battle was repeated, with Sumpter eventually finding his way through. DeVries was running third, with gear selection gremlins still from the previous day. Newcomer Guido Diefenthal finished a superb 4th both days in only his third race weekend, having moved up from Supersports this year.
The Chesters, son Nick sharing with Richard and McKay sharing with Damax’s Robin Ward enjoyed another great battle, ultimately finishing in the same order. Another newcomer this year was Simon Wright, who had a fabulous race in his Kenwood Porsche 962, and was delighted to be named Rookie of the Year.
So, two further new cars joined this weekend, with at least 7 new cars already in advanced preparation for next year. The calendar is already taking shape, the jewel being the Le Mans support race next June.