The most-liked and most-awaited sixth round at Spa-Francorchamps opens the traditional triptych of motorsports temples, including also Monza and Barcelona, that wraps up the season of the International GT Open.
With fights completely open in all title battles, the Spa event will see some adrenalin flow. In the overall standings, only 3 points separate Nicky Pastorelli-Miguel Ramos, on the V8 Corvette from Andrea Montermini-Niccolò Schirò, on the Villorba Corse Ferrari F458, after the Dutch-Lusitanian pair retook command at Silverstone. Daniel Zampieri-Roman Mavlanov (SMP Racing Ferrari) are close third, only 11 points behind, and still in contention is also Maxime Soulet (-19 points), now with V8 Racing and certainly eager to shine on home soil, as will be the Corvette of Belgian team SRT, with Hamilton-Tutumlu.
In GTS, Ferrari drivers have the advantage, with Giorgio Roda (AF Corse) leading by 6 points on José Manuel Pérez-Aicart (SMP Racing), but the Autorlando Porsche of Joel Camathias-Matteo Beretta is on a upwards trend, its gap being only 15 points now.
The championship battles are not the only focus of interest, as Spa brings its good share of interesting novelties, on which we have reported on our site. The official entry list has been released today.
These include two additional Ferrari F458 GT3 by AF Corse for Nikita Zlobin-Luca Persiani and Richard Lyons-Pasin Lathouras. Some participants already seen this year are also back for the Belgian race: it is the case of the two Audis R8LMS of Attempto Racing and the Easy Race Ferrari, while the Mosler of Rafael Unzurrunzaga will make its first appearance of the season.
Interesting to note, Spa will see at the start for the first time an all-feminine line-up, as young Danish star Michelle Gatting joins Suzanne Weidt on one of the Attempto Audis.
It will be a particularly rich program at Spa for Belgian motorsport lovers, and those joining from surrounding countries, as the Euroformula Open, the BRCC, the SEAT Leon Eurocup and the Radical European Masters will share the event and the fun with the GT Open.