SPA 24 HOURS
Finished: DNFDespite a strong effort from McLaren GT Academy driver and Garage 59 racer Struan Moore, the team couldn't prevent an early retirement from the 68th running of the legendary 24 hour race at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium at the weekend.
Starting the race from P33 in a 64 car grid, it was Struan's teammate Andrew Watson that took the first double stint before before handing over to Alex Fontana. Struan took over with the car in P17, showing pace that would put them inside the top 12. However, several hours into the race the #59 sustained damage requiring a lengthy spell in the pits which ultimately led to retirement for the young trio of Moore, Watson and Fontana, all on their 24 hr debut.
Speaking after the race, Moore commented:
"We felt really good coming into the weekend so to retire from the race really hurts, however the pace and performance we showed is something to be happy about. Although we were starting the race from mid-field we knew that we had the pace to move up the field and at one stage we were right up the sharp end inside the top 3. We head to Germany feeling good and hopeful of a strong result".
The season culminates in Germany at the Nurburgring on the 17th and 18th September for Round 5 of the Blancpain Endurance Series where the Academy drivers will hope for better luck to finish the season on a high.
Free Practice starts at 11:05 on Saturday 17th September with Pre Qualifying at 14:15. On Sunday Qualifying kicks off at 06:30 with the Main Race at 12:45. All times GMT