mardi 10 mai 2016

Closely-fought 4th for Joel Camathias at Spa 6 Hours


Joel Camathias took 4th in the GTE-Am category in the Spa-Francorchamps 6 Hours, the second round of the 2016 FIA-WEC. The KCMG Porsche 911 RSR of the Swiss drivers and team mates Wolf Henzler and Christian Ried, repeated the result of Silverstone, but this time crossed the line after a closely-fought race on a glorious day in the Belgian Ardennes. The team finished on a positive note a weekend that had been challenging because of set-up issues resulting from a contact in free practice.

Joel Camathias:

It was a difficult weekend, but everybody in the team did a fantastic job to keep going and obtain a good result, given the very high level of the series. The car behave well in the first free practice sessions and we were working to reduce the oversteer quite natural on this track. Unfortunately, in free practice 3 the car was hit laterally by a LMP car. There was no big apparent damage but something got flawed in the aerodynamics and the car’s behavior deteriorated drastically. Despite much work and changing a few elements, like the splitter, things did not improve much and we struggled throughout qualifying and the entire race. Still, we were in contention for the third spot on the podium, but eventually were beaten by one tenth of a second! Competition is really tough this year in the WEC and the Balance of Performance is maybe not entirely correct for the Porsche. Still, it is nice to see that even under difficult circumstances, we can do well.

Joel Camathias Press Release

Photo: Porsche