Team WRT win home race at Spa; Wadoux creates WEC history
Team WRT did the Spa-Francorchamps LMP2 double as they reprised their 2022 victory but this time it was with the No.41 Oreca-Gibson as opposed to the No.31 that triumphed 12 months ago.
Rui Andrade, Robert Kubica and Louis Deletraz took victory by 6.042 seconds over the No. 23 Oreca of Josh Pierson, Tom Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis in a tense and thrilling race at the TotalEnergies 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps today.
Deletraz and Blomqvist fought in a tight battle in the final hour of the race with Deletraz able to vault the United Autosports car in a dramatic late splash and dash pit-stop.
Inter Europol Competition rounded out the podium after Albert Costa chased down the No.9 Prema entered car driven by Andrea Caldarelli in the closing stages.
The Spanish driver shared the car with Fabio Scherer and Kuba Smiechowski meaning that along with Kubica, two Polish drivers stood on the podium for the first time ever in WEC’s 11 year history.
Lilou Wadoux becomes first ever woman to win FIA WEC class
The LMGTE Am class saw Alessio Rovera, Lilou Wadoux and Luis Perez Companc take class honours in the No. 83 Richard Mille AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo. In doing so Wadoux became the first female driver to win a WEC category.
Rovera took the chequered flag 18.6 seconds ahead of the No. 33 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R driven by Nicolas Varrone, Nicky Catsburg and Ben Keating.
For the second race running Catsburg fought off massive pressure from the pole sitting ORT by TF Aston Martin Vantage AMR driven by Charlie Eastwood to hold on to second and extend the U.S entered teams points lead.
The next round of the FIA WEC is the “big one” – the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which takes place from 10-11 June.