It is not often that a team would be dissapointed with a podium finish, but the members of Team Joest are left wondering what might have been had the race not been cut short by a power outage and effected by wild weather. The Le Mans dress rehearsal at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) was quite turbulent indeed. The traditional 1000-kilometer race had to be suspended for almost 40 minutes just before half-distance due to a power outage. In addition, rain showers made conditions extremely difficult and caused numerous incidents. Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish led in their Audi R15 TDI for many laps, but had to settle for third place following an unlucky tire call during the closing stages.
Full Gallery and Results after the jump.
Results and points
Spa-Francorchamps (B), May 9, Le Mans Series round 2
1 Lamy/Bourdais/Pagenaud (Peugeot) 139 laps in 6h 00m 39.012s
2 Montagny/Sarrazin/Minassian (Peugeot) + 1m 08.308s
3 Capello/Kristensen/McNish (Audi R15 TDI) + 1m 26.215s
4 Gené/Wurz/Davidson (Peugeot) – 1 lap
5 Bernhard/Dumas/Rockenfeller (Audi R15 TDI) – 2 laps
12 Fässler/Lotterer/Treluyer (Audi R15 TDI) – 13 laps
Standings after 2 of 5 races: 1 Capello and McNish, 26 points; 3 Sarrazin, 18; 4 Fernandez, Primat and Mücke, 16.
Photos: Geoffroy Barre (http://www.endurance-magazine.fr)