A steep hill but still possible for the two Oman Racing Aston Martins to hit the top as the ELMS heads for Spa Francorchamps

Sunday, September 18, 2022


Like many motorsport series around the world at this time of the year, most will be entering the final phases to their 2022 season with the ACO rules European Le Mans being just one as they visit Spa Francorchamps for their penultimate round of the season this weekend.

With four previous rounds in France, Italy and Spain already under their belts, the two Oman Racing with TF Sport Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE’s crews of Ahmad Al Harthy, Sam De Haan and Marco Sorenson aboard the #69 car and John Hartshorne, Henrique Chaves and Jonny Adam in the #95 car each slipped down the order slightly after a disappointing end to their trip to Barcelona despite the #69 cars earlier class pole position.

Their P10 and P7 finishes in class respectively came off the back of a BoP change for Spain after being ‘taken out of the equation’ at Monza following on from a class double podium for the two cars before that at Imola.

This leaves the two crews three points apart in P6 and P7 in the Driver’s Championship but importantly still in contention with the leading Porsche crew who are firmly due a BoP adjustment of their own after two successive class wins. With a thirty-six points deficit but still fifty-two points available for this round at Spa and the season finale at Portimao in a month’s time – it will still be a steep hill to climb (pardoning the pun for Spa) for either AMR crew to find themselves in contention in Portugal.

Another forty-one-car entry beckons all to the circuit for next weekend’s four-hour race with twelve GTE’s making up for their share of that amongst the other LMP2 and LMP3 machinery.

Track action begins on Thursday with Free Practice before Qualifying on Saturday and the green flag to the race at 11:30 local on Sunday.

Photo credit – Andrew Lofthouse
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