Racing Spirit of Leman looking for Le Mans Cup GT3 glory in Portimao tomorrow

Saturday, October 21, 2023


Tomorrow morning sees one Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3 team race their final event of the season with clear Championship aspirations as the #10 Racing Spirit of Leman Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3 car of Arnold Robin and Valentin Hasse-Clot do so at Portimao.

Racing within the GT3 class of the Michelin Le Mans Cup Series sees the #10 car retain a slender twelve-point point lead going into tomorrow’s final race around what is expected to be a rain-soaked Portuguese circuit.

Having already raced at the circuit once this weekend within the European Le Mans Series (with another four-hour round of that Series tomorrow to round off that season) saw the French duo run a very calculated build up again into this LMC race despite finishing fastest again in both Free Practice sessions earlier this weekend.

Going into today’s Qualifying, the rain again returned to the circuit just as the GT3 cars left pit lane and another spinning car (or two), like at Spa Francorchamps last time out again brought out an early red flag. That at least allowed the GT3 grid to change to full wet tyres for the remainder of their session which saw all the remaining crews exercise caution.

Such was the deterioration of track conditions between class Qualifying sessions at the end results saw the fastest two GT3 cars secure the front row for tomorrow overall grid with the #10 car listed P7 overall as well, well within the midst of the LMP3 field!!

Eventually finishing third fastest for tomorrows race, the biggest issue moving forward will be the weather for tomorrows championship deciding race which starts early at 09:00hrs local.

Game on !!

Photo credits – Series / Team
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