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02/08/2010 Team Jota wins Spa 24 Hours in GT4

The 63rd edition of the 24 Hours of Spa was open for the first time ever for GT4 cars. Nissan took the spoils in qualifying, but finally it was Team Jota Aston Martin that won the first edition of the GT4 24 Hours at Spa. In GT4 the #59 Jota Aston Martin GT4, Simon Dolan, Sam Hancock, Roger Wills and Joe Twyman took the spoils, with the Speedlover Aston Martin and Porsche in second and third.

GT4 Podium:

1. #59 Aston Martin Vantage - Simon Dolan -- Dolan-Hancock-Wills-Twyman?.

2. #70 Aston Martin Vantage - Excelsior -- Viale-de Coster-Nelissen Grade-Renmans?

3. #69 Porsche 997 - Patrick Deblauwe -- Deblauwe-Brugmans-Grandjean-Gérome

Three out of four cars reached the finish, again proving GT4 cars being both perfect sprint and endurance machines.    

 

GT4 Class Quotes:

Sam Hancock : “I expected it to be really difficult to drive a GT4 car in this field.  The cars are not heavily modified from the road models, so I expected the speed differential to the GT2 would actually be a lot bigger than it seemed.   The useful thing for us is tha thte cornering speed is quite good.   I was talking to Pat Long in the waiting room and he said he was impressed with our cornering speed.  It meant the other guys could pass us easily in the straights but in the corners, hopefully they didn’t feel too held up.  It was a lot of fun, and it was really good.“? ?“We were saying early on that we had a lot of stops but none of them were mechanical, they were all electrical failures.  The guys worked tirelessly to get us out again, we had about 30 pit stops and they’ve been up all night.  So that was what made the difference – a real team achievement.”? ?“The good thing for us about the GT4 class is that it the perfect bridge for amateur drivers and for someone like myself, as a pro, I still really enjoys doing it.  We have our Drivers Club, private driver training service, at Jota, and this category and this car provides the perfect entry into endurance racing for drivers who may be new to the sport, amateur drivers taking things seriously and making their first steps into the sport. So I would really like to see us continue in this category and do a lot more races.  It is very useful, very appropriate and a very fun category.“