Both titles: Putman/Espenlaub/Foster and PROsport European Champion

Both titles: Putman/Espenlaub/Foster and PROsport European Champion

18.10.2018: 24h GT Series at Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) 12/13 October 2018 Great jubilation in the double triumph: the Americans Charles Putman, Charles Espenlaub and Joe Foster as well as PROsport Performance are European

24h GT Series at Spa-Francorchamps (BEL)
12/13 October 2018



Great jubilation in the double triumph: the Americans Charles Putman, Charles Espenlaub and Joe Foster as well as PROsport Performance are European Champions in the 24h GT Series.



On the Belgian Formula 1 circuit at Spa-Francorchamps, Putman/ Espenlaub/ Foster, supported by Adam Christodoulou, took third place in the #85 Mercedes-AMG GT3 to win the much sought-after title in the drivers' championship, while PROsport Performance took the title in the team championship.     ¬



"The joy is indescribably great. Because of the fact that we are in the first season, in which PROsport Performance enters a GT3 race car, three class victories and these two titles are just fantastic!



From the drivers to the mechanics - everyone showed great teamwork and worked hard to gather this success against strong competition," said team boss Christoph Esser, who proudly received the symbolic starting number "1" at the championship celebration.



This is already the second great success of Putman/Espenlaub/Foster, who won the SP7 class in May in the legendary 24-hour race at the Nuerburgring in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup by PROsport Performance together with Belgian Xavier Maassen.



Charles Putman was also overjoyed: "This Championship is a major accomplishment. Now that we are successful, it seems to look ‘routine’ or ‘easy’ but this was not the case.



 It took a lot of a constant effort on the part of everyone in a program that was much more complicated than it sometimes appears when looking back. This was exceptional work and the effort of everyone will be remembered and appreciated.”    


In fact, Charles Putman (Mills/Wyoming), Charles Espenlaub (Lutz/Florida) and Joe Foster (Orange/Georgia) as well as Adam Christodoulou (England) experienced a twelve-hour race with ups and downs.



Following the third best time in qualifying, the first bump came right after the start with a spin in the first corner, which made the #85 drop far behind. In a turbulent race with several Code 60 phases, the way back to the top was tedious and not free from light bulb moments.



The last moment of shock happened in the last hour of the race, when the Mercedes-AMG GT3 went beside the track and slightly touched some piles of tires. However, when the runner-up of the class passed the leader with only 40 minutes on the clock, the #85 only had to be "carried" to the finish with extra caution to ensure the outstanding triumph.



The jubilation was boundless, and Putman/Espenlaub/Foster were visibly moved by the numerous congratulations during the extensive celebration.



- Uwe Baldes - photo PROsport and Marc Hilger AutoMobilSport.com


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