The Raidillon lives up to its reputation

The Raidillon lives up to its reputation

08.06.2019: TCR EUROPE 2019 Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium – Rounds 5 & 6 Saturday, June 8th 2019 Once again, the Raidillon corner at Spa-Francorchamps has lived up to its reputation as one of the trickiest corners on the 7km circuit. Three drivers have fallen f


TCR EUROPE 2019
Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium – Rounds 5 & 6
Saturday, June 8th 2019



Once again, the Raidillon corner at Spa-Francorchamps has lived up to its reputation as one of the trickiest corners on the 7km circuit. Three drivers have fallen foul of the corner, forcing their respective teams into making extensive repairs to their cars.



Julien Briché was the first of them when his Peugeot 308 went off during Free Practice 2 on Friday. The extensive damage to the front and left-hand side of the car meant Briché’s mechanics spent the night rebuilding the car, finishing the job at 06:00am on Saturday morning. Briché went on to qualify in sixth place, rewarding his team for their hard work.



In the first part of Saturday’s Qualifying, the Peugeot of Teddy Clairet joined Briché’s similar car on the casualty list.



Clairet fell victim to Raidillon at the same place as Briché, damaging the left rear corner. Although Clairet’s time in the session was enough to see him go through to Q2, the car was too badly damaged to rejoin the session and so the French driver will start both races from twelfth on the grid.



The third driver to fall foul of Raidillon was  Josh Files. After having his fastest lap disallowed for infringing track limits, Files was pushing to make it into the top twelve places and so go through to Q2 when he hit the barriers hard, bringing out the red flags. The Target Competition team worked to repair the extensive front-end damage and allowed Filesto start in Race 1, but retired after 4 laps.






Fabio Ravaioli, Photo: courtesy Neil Hudson/Touringcartimes.com


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