An early end for JP Motorsport's debut at the Total 24 Hours of Spa

An early end for JP Motorsport's debut at the Total 24 Hours of Spa

26.10.2020: ē First time for new team in a 24-hours-race ē Driver Klien, Lauda, Liebhauser and Krupiński in the #111 Mercedes-AMG GT3 ē Spin and impact in Blanchimont lead to early end of race


•    First time for new team in a 24-hours-race

•    Driver Klien, Lauda, Liebhauser and Krupiński in the #111 Mercedes-AMG GT3

•    Spin and impact in Blanchimont lead to early end of race



The 24-hours of Spa-Francorchamps are always something very special and one of the highlights in the seasonal racing calendar. Such a spectacle was also the 10th edition of the race through the Ardennes, which took place in autumn for the very first time in history plus at a weekend in which the time changed from summer to winter. Despite all the joyful anticipation, it was a difficult debut for the newy-found JP Motorsport team. The race should be short-lived for the drivers Christian Klien, Mathias Lauda, Jens Liebhauser and Patryk Krupiński in their Mercedes-AMG GT3.



The track at Francorchamps is one of the longest on the calendar with its almost seven kilometres and even during the summer the weather can be challenging. It came with no surprise that in October it was cold and rainy, as it was for the start of the qualifying on Thursday. The qualifying was split in four 15-minute sessions and each driver did his turn without any major issues. The team qualified the #111 Mercedes-AMG GT3 in 46th on the grid.
 


56 GT3 race cars headed into the formation lap on Saturday afternoon at 4.00 pm. Christian Klien, who took to the start, had a very good first stint driving up into 38th place despite coping with handling problems of the car. The team was faced with a high level of tyre wear, especially yon the rear suspension. Then it was the turn of Patryk Krupiński, who did a very good stint in a difficult to manage car in his first-ever 24-hours-race.
 


The freaky weather started after two hours into the race and the track changed from dry to wet phases. The race soon turned out to be a difficult one with many competitors fighting against the changing conditions. The Set-up of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 was changed before Jens Liebhauser´s stint and both the German as well later on Mathias Lauda completed good stints in the twilight with Klien carrying out a double-stint in the dark.
 


Jens Liebhauser took behind the wheel of the #111 Mercedes-AMG GT3 for his second stint, returning to the track under a Full-Course-Yellow. It was difficult to keep the tyres temperatures due to wet and cold conditions and even two laps behind the Safety-Car did not solve the issue.



Once the race was restarted, Liebhauser was on a fast lap. At the entry of Blanchimont, one of the fastest corners of the entire track, he lost control of the #111 Mercedes-AMG GT3 and crashed into the barriers following two spins. This was the early and disappointing end of the race for the new team, which aimed to gain important information and collect kilometres on the way.
 


Now the team is looking forward to this coming weekend. The season final of the International GT Open is taking place at Barcelona, with JP Motorsport able to win the PRO-AM Championship in their debut year.




DRIVER QUOTES


Christian Klien (Austria)



“My start was very good, and I was able to climb up into 38th place in my first stint. At the beginning, the car was very good but then after half my stint we had a lot of tyre wear, especially on the rear and it was difficult to drive. It was also difficult for Patryk as he had to fight with the car.

We changed the Set-up on the rear and went a bit softer which made the car nicer to drive. I was able to drive very good lap-times in my double stint, which were similar to the front third of the field. Our goal was to simply drive through, avoid making any mistakes and just wait and see how the 24 hours evolve.


As you could see, it was a difficult race with many accidents and retirements. From this point of view, we just wanted to keep driving, but unfortunately, we didn´t manage this. Jens had a pretty have impact in Blanchimont. Of course, the early finish was very disappointing for the whole team, as we are still young and are learning a lot.



But this is Motorsport and unfortunately things like that happen. Now we are looking ahead to next weekend and hope to be successful at the season final of the GT Open at Barcelona.”




Mathias Lauda (Austria)


“This was a really tough race. The weather was extreme, and it was easy to make a mistake. Being a new team, it was our goal to just finish the race and see the chequered flag to take home a lot of experience. Unfortunately, we did not manage to do so. I would like to thank JP Motorsport and the whole team for their hard work throughout this difficult weekend.”
 


Jens Liebhauser (Germany)


“I returned to the track for the fifth stint on a Full-Course-Yellow. It was difficult to keep the tyres on temperatures in the changing conditions. Even behind the Safety-Car, I was unable to bring temperatures into the tyres. I then started to push and was running on the limit.


I thought the tyre was right but then I lost the rear of the car going into Blanchimont at 240 km/h. I then spun twice before hitting the barriers frontally. This was the end to our race, and it was stupid. 24 hours are long, and a lot can happen, many others suffered bad luck too. I feel very bad for my driver colleagues and the whole team, especially when you are putting so much effort into one race and then you put the car into the barriers. Not a good feeling.”




Patryk Krupiński (Poland)



“The race did not go well at the beginning as we struggled with the Set-up of the car. Nevertheless, we found a good compromise and the car started to run better with a good pace. I tried to achieve the best possible in my stint. Afterwards there were changing track conditions, which was a very good learning phase for the team.



Despite all, our race was finished after six hours, as our Amateur driver lost the car. I am pleased with both the team´s and my personal performance, but we definitely ended the race too soon.”




SEASON 2020


International GT Open

      
06th – 09th August 2020    Hungaroring, Hungary
20th – 23rd August 2020    Paul Ricard, France
12th – 13th September 2020    Red Bull Ring, Austria
26th – 27th September 2020    Monza, Italy
16th – 18th Oktober 2020    Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
29th Oktober – 01st November 2020    Barcelona, Spain
      
GT World Challenge     
      
05th – 06th September 2020    Nürburgring, Germany
22nd – 25th Oktober 2020    24 Hours of Spa, Belgium
13th – 15th November 2020    Paul Ricard, France





 JP Motorsport Team-




Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/early-end-jp-motorsport-debut-24h-spa---215044.html

26.10.2020 / MaP

More News

Mario Farnbacher- ninth after powerful Spa performance
26.10.2020
From 22 to 25 October, Mario Farnbacher took part in one of the season’s highlights – the legendary 24 Hours of Spa. Due to difficult and permanently changing conditions, this round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge was a tough one.   Ren more >>
Silver Cup victory for HRT at the Total 24 Hours of Spa
26.10.2020
The #5 Mercedes-AMG GT3 run by HAUPT RACING TEAM with Hubert Haupt (GER), Sergei Afanasiev (RUS), Michele Beretta (ITA) and Gabriele Piana (ITA) secured the Silver Cup victory in the 72nd edition of the Total 24 Hours of Spa. Team owner an more >>
Successful debut for SPS Automotive Performance at the 24 Hours of Spa
26.10.2020
In its first appearance at the 24 Hours of Spa, the SPS automotive performance team overcomes initial set-backs to finish sixth in the PRO-AM class. SPS automotive performance enjoyed a successful debut at the 72nd staging of the TOTAL 24 Hours of Spa with more >>
Mercedes-AMG with top ten result in the overall classification and a 1-2 in the Silver Cup
26.10.2020
The 72nd running of the Total 24 Hours of Spa ends with a turbulent final stage at a rain-soaked track. In particularly difficult conditions, Mercedes-AMG was able to achieve a respectable result. The best-placed GT3 from Affalterbach at the finish was the #4 Mercedes-AMG Team HRT car: seventh place for the trio of Vincent Abril (FRA), Maro Engel (GER) and Luca Stolz (GER). A race that wa more >>
Great Porsche success at Spa: Victory and four 911 GT3 R in the top ten
26.10.2020
Race, 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium)The Porsche customer team Rowe Racing has won the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. In a dramatic finale, the No. 98 Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by works drivers Nick Tandy from Great Britain, Earl Bamber fr more >>
Porsche celebrates second successive Total 24 Hours of Spa victory after ROWE Racing blazes a trail to glory, results
25.10.2020
•    Porsche in sublime form at Spa as ROWE Racing snatches overall win•    Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini earns third different class win from as many editions•    Third time lucky for Hu more >>
BMW M6 GT3 misses out on another top finish at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.
25.10.2020
The series of successes for the BMW M6 GT3 has come to an end at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL). After victories at the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring (GER), the 8 Hours of Indianapolis (USA) and in numerous GT races around the world, the classic endurance race in the Ardennes came to an early end for both Walkenhorst Motorsport cars. In the Pro-Am category, the Boutsen Ginion #1 more >>
Runner-upís spot for Audi in gripping edition of the Spa 24 Hours
25.10.2020
Audi R8 LMS #66 (Audi Sport Team Attempto), Mattia Drudi/Patric Niederhauser/Frédéric Vervisch    Audi Sport Team Attempto best of three Audi teams        Field led for the first time by el more >>
Ollie Wilkinson vows to come back stronger after McLaren 24h Spa debut ends in disappointment
25.10.2020
Despite the disappointment of an early end to his debut Total 24 Hours of Spa appearance, Ollie Wilkinson can still count his first outing at the world’s greatest GT3 race with McLaren as a significant career milestone. Just three years after starting his more >>
24h Spa race standings at finish
25.10.2020
24 Hours Spa Circuit Spa-FrancorchampsSunday 25 October, 2020   What a race ! more >>
Porsche 911 GT3 R of Rowe Racing wins the 24-hour classic
25.10.2020
The Porsche customer team Rowe Racing has won the 2020 Spa-Francorchamps 24-hour race under the most difficult conditions. After 527 laps, the No. 98 Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor crossed the finish line at the endurance classic in Belgium’s Ardennes in first place. more >>
#98 Rowe Porsche with Nick Tandy takes victory with mechanical problem - great performance
25.10.2020
24 Hours Spa Circuit Spa-FrancorchampsSunday 25 October, 2020    Nick Tandy brought the #98 Rowe Porsche home for victory with mechanical problem - just ahead of #66 Audi with Niederhauser 54 Porsche more >>
24 Hours Spa Battle for the win is on - now the Porsches comes -top15 less 1 hour to go
25.10.2020
24 Hours Spa Circuit Spa-FrancorchampsSunday 25 October, 2020   -SRO  photo more >>
Standings 24h Spa at 13h15 #51 AF Corse Ferrari in lead
25.10.2020
24 Hours Spa Circuit Spa-FrancorchampsSunday 25 October, 2020 Standings 24h Spa at 13h15 #51 AF Corse Ferrari in lead more >>
Ferrai in 24 Hours of Spa, situation after seventeen hours
25.10.2020
24 Hours Spa Circuit Spa-FrancorchampsSunday 25 October, 2020With seven hours to go, the Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020s no. 51 and 93 were ahead in the Pro and Pro-Am class. The Maranello cars had put in some great performances during the long Ardennes n more >>
Mercedes-AMG still fighting for victory in Spa 24-hour race
25.10.2020
After a long night, the #4 Mercedes-AMG Team HRT car still has a good perspective in the battle for the overall win in the Total 24 Hours of Spa. In changeable track conditions and rain setting in over and over again, Vincent Abril (FRA), Maro Engel (GER) and Luca Stolz (GER) were able to stay away from major difficulties. more >>
Standings 24h Spa at Midday #25 Audi in battle with both Ferrari #72 and #51
25.10.2020
24 Hours Spa Circuit Spa-FrancorchampsSunday 25 October, 2020 Ferrari and Audi at the front as victory battle intensifies at SpaThe battle for victory at this year's Total 24 Hours of Spa had narrowed to a scrap between Ferrari and Audi Sport as the race entered its final stretch. more >>
Standings 24h Spa at 11.15h : Audi vs Ferrari battle at the front
25.10.2020
24 Hours Spa Circuit Spa-FrancorchampsSunday 25 October, 2020 Standings 24h Spa at 11.15h : Audi vs Ferrari battle at the front#25 Audi Vervisch / #66 Audi Winkelhock Audi heavy battle followed by #51 Ferrari with Pier Guidi at the wheel more >>
Total 24 Hours of Spa enters deciding phase
25.10.2020
The Total 24 Hours of Spa entered its final phase with a clear winner yet to emerge at the 72nd edition of the Belgian endurance classic.The twice-around-the-clock contest reached the 18-hour mark after a dramatic sequence of events, including a race-ending crash for the leading car. more >>
Standings 24h Spa after 19 hours #51 AF Corse Ferrari in lead ahead of both Audi #66 and #25
25.10.2020
24 Hours Spa Circuit Spa-FrancorchampsSunday 25 October, 2020 1     51         James Calado, Nicklas Nielsen, Alessandro Pier Guidi     AF Corse     Ferrari 488 GT3  & more >>
24h Spa standings after 10 hours #88 Akka Mercedes AMG leads
25.10.2020
24 Hours Spa Circuit Spa-Francorchamps24 -25 October, 2020   Felipe Frage in his #88 Akka Mercedes AMG leads the field followed by #63 Orange 1 FFF Racing Lamborghini with Mapelli at the wheel and James Calado in # more >>
Standings 24h Spa after 9 hours - #63 Orange 1 FFF Lamborghini in lead
25.10.2020
24 Hours Spa Circuit Spa-FrancorchampsSaturday 24 October, 2020 1     63         Dennis Lind, Marco Mapelli, Andrea Caldarelli     Orange 1 FFF Racing Team     more >>
Standings 24h Spa after 8 hours - #66 Audi Team Attempto Racing in lead
25.10.2020
24 Hours Spa Circuit Spa-FrancorchampsSaturday 24 October, 2020    1     66         Mattia Drudi, Patric Niederhauser, Frederic Vervisch     Audi Sport Team Attempt more >>
Standings 24h Spa after 7 hours race #88 Mercedes on top
24.10.2020
24 Hours Spa Circuit Spa-FrancorchampsSaturday 24 October, 2020 Raffaele Marciello in his #88 Akka Mercedes AMG leads the field followed by #98 Rowe Porsche with Earl Bamber and  #63 Lamborghini with Dennis Lind at the wheel more >>
Porsche teams in top form in the early phase of the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
24.10.2020
Porsche’s customer teams are lying in promising positions after the first four hours of the endurance race at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. In the early stages of the 24-hour class in the Ardennes, last year’s winner Michael Christensen from Denmark, A more >>
Mercedes-AMG with good perspectives going into the long night at Spa
24.10.2020
The Total 24 Hours of Spa got underway with a strong opening stage by Mercedes-AMG. Pole sitter Raffaele Marciello (ITA) commandingly held on to his leading position at the start of the race. The 2019 FIA GT World Cup winner went on to complete a faultless triple stint behind the wheel of the #88 Mercedes-AMG AKKA ASP car. more >>
Standings 24h Spa after 5 hours #63 Lamborghini leads followed by #31 Audi WRT
24.10.2020
24 Hours Spa Circuit Spa-FrancorchampsSaturday 24 October, 2020    The #63 Orange FFF Racing's Lamborghini is still in lead now with Caldarelli at the wheel. Meanwhile Kelvin van der Linde is now in charge of the #31 WRT Audi fo more >>
24h Spa standings after 4h - #63 Orange1 FFF Lamborghini still in lead
24.10.2020
24 Hours Spa Circuit Spa-FrancorchampsSaturday 24 October, 2020The #63 Orange1 FFF Racing Lamborghini with still Mapelli at the wheel keeps leading ahead of #88 Akka Mercedes and the #47 KCMG Porsche - #31 Audi comes on fourth more >>
Standings 24h Spa after 2h30 - #63 Orange 1 FFF Racing Lamborghini in lead
24.10.2020
24 Hours Spa Circuit Spa-FrancorchampsSaturday 24 October, 2020  The Orange1 FFF Racing Lamborghini with Mapelli in lead ahead of polesitter Marciello and Dries Vanthoor on WRT Audi #31   more >>
Standings 24h Spa after 1 hour - Kobayashi in Hub Auto Ferrari in lead
24.10.2020
24 Hours Spa Circuit Spa-FrancorchampsSaturday 24 October, 2020     In the first hour of the race many changements at the top of the field - meanwhile Kamui Kobayashi in Ferri#27 is in lead ahead of Nels more >>
Mercedes AMG quotes prior to the start of the Total 24 Hours of Spa
24.10.2020
Ready to race! Today, the Spa-Francorchamps 24-hour race gets underway and the situation for Mercedes-AMG is good. The #88 Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP car will be starting from pole position for the world’s biggest GT3 race while the #4 Mercedes-AMG Team HRT entry will be taking on the race from third place on the grid. more >>
24 Hours of Spa start time delayed by 30 minutes to 16.00 CEST - livestream, livetiming
24.10.2020
Total 24 Hours of Spa start time delayed by 30 minutes to 16.00 CESTLivecoverage and Livetiming also on startpage AutoMobilSport.comThe start time of today's Total 24 Hours of Spa has been delayed to 16.00 CEST (14.00 UTC). more >>
Raton Racing snatches AM Class pole in the 24 Hours of Spa
24.10.2020
Team Raton Racing will start today the 24 Hours of Spa from the Am pole position. Making its return to the International GT in the most spectacular and prestigious race, the squad of Roberto Tanca has secured top spot of its class on Thursday’s qualifying with the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo of regular drivers Stefano Costantini and Christoph Lenz, shared with Michael Petit a more >>
Top 3 starting position for the Mercedes AMG Team HRT at the Total 24 Hours of Spa
24.10.2020
The Mercedes-AMG Team HRT has secured the third position for the start of the iconic Total 24 Hours of Spa. While placing the #4 on fifth place in the qualifying last night, Maro Engel ensured a start from the second row in tomorrow’s race at Spa-Franchorchamps. The second Mercedes-AMG GT3 will head into the action from P34. more >>
Pole position and third place on the grid for Mercedes-AMG at Spa 24-hour race
24.10.2020
In an exciting Super Pole session, Mercedes-AMG secured itself top starting grid positions for the 72nd running of the Total 24 Hours of Spa. On a damp track, Raffaele Marciello (ITA) drove the #88 car of the Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP on his first flying lap to the fastest time of 2m 32.166s that none of the other competitors was able to match. For Marciello, it is his first-ever career more >>
Best Porsche 911 GT3 R starts 24-hour Spa race from position six
24.10.2020
Porsche customer teams have secured solid starting positions for the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. In the Super Pole, a shootout over two flying laps of the 20 fastest cars from the qualifying, the Porsche Young Professional Thomas Preining was fastest at the wheel of a 911 GT3 R. more >>
Marciello masters challenging conditions to secure Total 24 Hours of Spa pole for Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP
23.10.2020
•    Marciello delivers to give Mercedes-AMG AKKA ASP maiden Total 24 Hours of Spa pole•    Mercedes-AMG tops second successive Super Pole at Belgian endurance classic•    Fiercely contested race in prospect as leading crews rise to the occasion  more >>
24h Spa Superpole - Marciello ahead of van der Linde and Engel
23.10.2020
24 Hours Spa Circuit Spa-FrancorchampsFriday, 23 October 2020    SUPER POLE RESULTS   more >>
Warm Up 24h Spa classification #51 AF Corse Ferrari on top
23.10.2020
24 Hours Spa Circuit Spa-FrancorchampsFriday, 23 October 2020    more >>

Kategorien

2001-2021 automobilsport.com full copyright