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Spa-Francorchamps: Drivers’ reactions

ELMS - 24/09/2019 - Sophie LIGER

Antonin Borga – n°37 Cool Racing Oreca 07

“It was a great weekend. My start went well and I made it to overtake #23 car in the first lap, placing our car 3rd for the next 20 laps. I loved it. After that I spun and I am really sorry about it, because we lost six places. I did all I could to make up for it, and handed the car to Nico in 7th position. He did a marvelous job during his stint, passing cars one after the others, and in the end he passed #32 United (R. Cullen), #26 G-Drive (J. van Uitert), #28 IDEC (P. Lafargue) and finally #30 Duqueine (R. Bradley), taking our #CLARA37 in the lead. When another FCY came out, I took over in P3 after we make a pit stop that was a little too long. And I was really motivated to come back up front. The several Safety Car and FCY periods of course played a role in the race and my last lap fighting with Tristan Gommendy (Graff Racing #39) was just crazy, unbelievable. The Race control though I was too pushy, but in the end, everyone agrees to say it was a great final lap. We are 2nd on the podium and this is absolutely great. I really would like to thank everyone in the team for the car they give us each race weekend.”

Phil Hanson – n°22 United Autosports Oreca 07

“I’m really happy. It’s a year since our last win here. And it’s funny because we had a DNF at Silverstone last year and then won the next race at Spa, which is the same as has happened this year. We then went on to win at Portimão too, so we are one step to doing the same thing this year. We had a great weekend. The pole from Filipe, the fastest race lap from me and then the win. And it wasn’t an easy race either, which makes it all the more satisfying. We could control the race from the start but then we had a puncture and the strategy meant that we would be struggling with the fuel but we got really lucky with a safety car and FCY which brought us back on strategy. I was able to hunt the leader down and was catching him consistently every lap. It looked like it was going to go down to the last lap, but we got lucky with payback from the puncture when the leader got a drive through. We could then just sail home.”

Alex Brundle – n°32 United Autosports Oreca 07

“Will did a great job at the start making his way up the field. With his pace I knew we were on for a good race. Ryan really kept that going during his stint. I jumped in with two hours to go but unfortunately the door catch failed. I tried to fix the door while I was driving but it wasn’t possible so we had to pit and we ended P9. I’m gutted for the team who have put a car together in such a short space of time.”

Colin Noble – n°7 Nielsen Racing Norma M30:
“A frustrating end to a good weekend. We were soon on the pace and hunting down the leaders and closing the gap. I was able to make a nice pass into P2 and then going for the lead, I just caught the front-right which dropped us with the penalty. We were soon back to second and in the hunt for the win with Tony.  To end up P3 is a disappointing result.”

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