TF SPORT SCORE SECOND AT 6 HOURS OF SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS

PUBLISHED 13/05/2022
TAGS FIA WEC, Spa Francorchamps, Ben Keating, Henrique Chaves, Marco Sørensen, D'STATION RACING, Satoshi Hoshino, Tomonobu Fujii, Charlie Fagg

An incident-filled, red flag laden race around the Ardennes, saw the #33 crew of Ben Keating, debutante Henrique Chaves and Marco Sørensen, finish second in GTE Am at the 2022 TotalEnergies 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, leaving them runners-up in the World Endurance Championship standings, a mere six points shy of the championship lead.

 

Keating repeated his 2021 qualifying performance, by rocketing to pole position by an immensely impressive 1.5s. Hoshino set a number of solid laps, however, the best of which were removed due to track limit infringements, leaving the Japanese entry to line up in seventh.

 

It was a clean start for both Fujii and Keating, with Ben managing to keep #33 at the front of the GTE Am pack. An unfortunate misjudgement in gear change saw the Texan slip down to second, however, this wasn’t for long as a phenomenal move on Northwest AMR’s Paul Dalla Lana, meant Keating retook P1 in class, with Fujii following up closely behind.

 

It was from then, a mixture of red flag and full course yellow periods, brought out by crashes, barrier repairs and ever-changing weather, changed the TF Sport’s strategy entirely and both crews had to maximise the minimal green track time they had.

 

D'station Racing's Vantage trio fought hard from P7, but a combination of tricky conditions, contact from a competitor and an unfortunate drive-through penalty, left Satoshi Hoshino, Charlie Fagg and Tomonobu Fujii's forward progress unrewarded, and they took the flag in seventh. The #777 Vantage GTE sits fifth in the GTE Am points tables.

 

Our WEC crews’ focus now switches to the blue riband event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The lights go green at the Circuit de la Sarthe on June 11.

 

Tom Ferrier, TF Sport Director - “It’s tough to come away as GTE Am bridesmaids yet again! But it was a good result from the #33 crew considering the unusual circumstances. Another strong showing from our D’station Racing drivers, who had the potential to come away with a even better result, but some contact and an unfortunate drive through put paid to that. We are in a good position ahead of Le Mans and have all of the elements for two solid results.”

 

Ben Keating, Bronze driver #33 TF Sport - “This race was really interesting! I really like all the new surfaces and the changes they’ve made. But the new gravel at turn one made the race start nerve wracking for me, so I was very happy to make it through there safely with a very good lead. I made the mistake of going up a gear as I got to Raidillon, and Paul just sailed straight past me, so I had my work cut out to get around him. But, with all of the red flags, it ended up not mattering! My goal was to get up front and build a gap. Paul and I always find each other on track and race clean, but close. The highlight of my race was me getting back past him!



Charlie Fagg, Silver driver #777 D’station Racing - “Really happy to have finished the race in one piece! It was good result considering the change in conditions. There were so many obstacles throughout the six hours and to come through them with a strong result, stands us in good stead for Le Mans, which will be another big challenge. I learnt so much from this race and I’m feeling ever-more comfortable every time I get in the car. Thank you to TF and D’station Racing for yet another great weekend, the car was spot on and the pit stops were flawless!”