A difficult TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa for Tresor by Car Collection

A difficult TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa for Tresor by Car Collection

31.07.2022: The debut of Tresor by Car Collection at the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa, that is the third round of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS Endurance Cup 2022, unexpectedly ended at the 7th hour.


The debut of Tresor by Car Collection at the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa, that is the third round of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS Endurance Cup 2022, unexpectedly ended at the 7th hour.



The commitment of the team for the classic challenge at the Ardennes brought two Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo on the track: the #12 contesting PRO as Audi Sport Team Tresor and driven by Christopher Haase (GER), Mattia Drudi (ITA) and Luca Ghiotto (ITA) and the #11 car entered as Tresor by Car Collection and driven by the Silver lineup featuring Lorenzo Patrese (ITA), Daniele Di Amato (ITA), Alberto di Folco (ITA) and Pierre-Alexandre Jean (FRA).



The long preparation stage showed a great performance by both cars on the single lap and, especially, on the long run. These performances were confirmed in the four qualifying sessions. The #12 Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo ended with the fourth combined time qualifying for the SuperPole, while the #11 car closed with a positive P7 in the Silver Cup.



In the SuperPole, the session that saw the top 20 on track battling for the pole position, Drudi qualified the #12 car in P7, which was converted into P6 when a car ahead was penalized by the Stewards.



The race of the #12 car started from the third row of the grid with Haase behind the wheel. The German driver used all his experience to keep himself on the top places of the classification early on, but a puncture after 45 minutes in the first sector cost the car 3 laps and relegated the crew to the back of the pack.



The team started to recover some ground thanks to the great commitment of all the drivers, but a contact during the fourth hour cost the car six more laps and therefore the decision was made to retire the car.



The #11 car also had an unfortunate race. In the first hours Patrese, Di Amato, Di Folco and Jean displayed a great pace and recovered up to taking the lead of Silver Cup putting their name forward to a solid race. Early into the night, a debeaded tyre forced Patrese out into the gravel trap and to retire the car.




Ferdinando Geri (Team Principal):


“This has not been our race. We worked hard for this round, we knew we had the speed and performance to aim for a good result with both cars but some episodes that we were involved in changed the story.


We were in the top group with the #12 car and the #11 was also in the overall top ten and in the lead of the Silver Cup. The potential was therefore very high.


We are really disappointed, it is not easy to accept this result, but we will bounce back with all the positives we have like the pace shown on track”.





Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS 2022 Calendar



March 7-8 | Test Days | Le Castellet (F)
April 1-3 | Endurance | Imola (ITA)
April 30 – May 1 | Sprint | Brands Hatch (GB)
May 13-15 | Sprint | Magny-Cours (F)
June 3-5 | Endurance | 1000km Paul Ricard (F)
June 17-19 | Sprint | Zandvoort (NL)
June 21-22 | Test Days | TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa (B)
July 1-3 | Sprint | Misano (ITA)
July 28-31 | Endurance | TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa (B)
September 2-4 | Endurance | Hockenheim (GER)
September 16-18 | Sprint | Valencia (ESP)
September 30 – October 2 | Endurance | Barcelona (ESP)




 -Alberto Brojanigo - photos Marc Hilger




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