What bad luck for the Audi WRTs!

What bad luck for the Audi WRTs!

I like 24 Hours Business, but I don’t think it’s all round”, told us Dries Vanthoor before the start of this 74 edition which, once again, did not smile at him. The victim of two punctures and several penalties, the favorite Audi WRT N ° 32, in fact, never entered the leading pack.

Still unlucky during the red flag interruption, Charles Weerts was working his way back to the leader’s lap in the early morning draft with the sister car, Nico Muller’s fluorescent No. 46, when an unlucky race took him out and he lost any chance of making it. well for the R8 LMS of Valentino Rossi and Fred Vervisch eventually ranked a disappointing 17th.

“When exiting the Source hairpin, at full speed, the McLaren Jota in front of me suddenly braked (gearbox problem obviously)”, explained a disappointed Aubelois. “I braked so I wouldn’t run into him and Nico Muller in my condition couldn’t avoid me.”

The hopes of the Belgian team to get a podium ended, they consoled themselves with the victory of the Silver Cup and Simmenauer-Neubauer-Goethe. But it’s the worst overall result for the ring company since the debut of the R8 in 2009.

The other seven Belgians did not see the checkered flag. Gille Magnus and Nicolas Baert opened the list of many retirements, most of them due to accidents, following the accident of their colleague Gazeau. The most predictable withdrawal in the middle of the night for the Bentley of Stéphane Lémeret, Nigel Bailly and Maxime Soulet, a broken gimbal under Raidillon. It was also around midnight that Benjamin Lessennes retired after hitting a competitor under the safety car. In the end, Alessio Picariello, the race’s longest-running holder, held a commanding lead in the Pro-Am classification before seeing his brilliant team-mate Niki Leutwiler throw their Porsche into the barrel. Back in the pits, the 911 restarted but gave up a few kilometers later after losing a wheel… “Like in Le Mans, still no luck”regretted Alessio whose performances did not go unnoticed.