Monday, July 28, 2014

Spa 24 Hours: Sainteloc Racing performed well in the Belgian classic with Audi

By Tarek Ramchani

Sainteloc Racing was one of the four Audi Sport customer racing teams at the Total 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. The French team entered two Audi R8 LMS ultra cars showing an impressive pace.

The two cars competed in two different classes, one in the upper Pro-Cup and the second in the Gentlemen Trophy.

The #26 Audi R8 LMS ultra, the car which entered the Pro-Cup class was very impressive. The FIFA backed Audi driven by Stéphane Ortelli, Edward Sandstrom and Gregolry Guilvert who had great Blancpain Endurance Series races in the first three rounds at Monza, Silverstone and Paul Ricard.

At Spa-Francorchamps the three drivers were among the strongest and fastest line-ups in a very demanding Pro-Cup field. They narrowly missed the podium and ended in a very strong fourth place overall right behind another Audi, the #3 R8 LMS ultra from Belgian Audi Club Team WRT.

With their strong Spa performances, Stéphane Ortelli, Edward Sandstrom and Gregolry Guilvert moved to second place in the Blancpain Endurance Series Pro-Cup drivers' standing with 67 points. At the Nurburgring for the season finale the three drivers will challenge the series leader and Audi driver Laurens Vanthoor (Belgian Audi Club Team WRT) for Pro-Cup drivers' championship title.

Unfortunately the second car from Sainteloc Racing was forced to retire. The #25 Audi R8 LMS ultra which entered the Gentlemen Trophy class was fast but had a severe crash ending its race. The car was driven by Jean-Paul Buffin, Claude-Yves Gosselin, Philippe Haezebrouck and Marc Rostan.

Photo credit: Blancpain GT Series