New technology gets race debut at Spa

The Michelin Le Mans Cup returns to the race tracks, when their fifth round of the year will be run at the Belgium track of Spa Francorchamps.

The field will consist of 32 cars, which is three up from Barcelona. The teams have had a summer break of two months, before they return next weekend.

We have gone up to 12 GT3 cars, with HB Racing, Kessel Racing and Scuderia Villorba Corse bringing two Ferrari’s and a Lamborghini to the field, that already has Mercedes-AMG, Porsche and Aston Martin cars.

Mikkel Mac and Fabien Lavergne in the Luzich Racing Ferrari #71 will try to defend their lead in the Championship, with just a 7-point gap to Kessel Racing Ferrari #8 with Giacomo Piccini and Sergio Pianezzola.

We have lost United Autosports #24 from the LMP3 field, since Mike Guasch unfortunately still isn’t fit to race, after his serious crash at Silverstone in the ELMS, where he ended up hard in the concrete wall, which cost him some broken ribs. But there are still 19 cars to race in that field.

The LMP3 category is led by Laurents Hörr and Francois Kirmann for DKR Engineering #3, with Lanan Racing #25 driven by Duncan Tappy and Michael Benham in second place. They should be ready to race again, after their huge shunt in Barcelona, which kept them out of the race.

H24 Racing
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The most interesting car of the field will however be car #42 – H24 Racing. And that might ring a bell for some. H24 Racing made their debut at Spa last year, where they did a few demo laps with the Hydrogen powered LMP3 car, which has been converted from a regular LMP3 car.

Norman Nato and Olivier Lombard will be the drivers in the car, which was also showcased prior to the start of the 24 Hours og Le Mans in 2019.

The Michelin Le Mans Cup races have a duration of two hours, and it’s a huge difference to do 13,626 kilometres, and two hours of racing, but it will be incredible to see. They can hopefully keep up with the LMP3, without bothering anybody, but it still on a very early state, so just to complete two hours, would be like a victory for them. The car is running in its own category.

The Michelin Le Mans Cup race will be run on Saturday 21 September 2019 at 15.55 CET, and will be live streamed on YouTube and other streaming services.

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