Thoughts for the race fall some where between it could be a run away Porsche victory spookily reminiscent of the 956/962 era, to a fascinating game of Hare and fast Tortoises ! Here is a little class-by-class summary –
LMP1 – Potential for domination by Porsche 919s, but one of two failed at Silverstone, and mention of a brake problem in FP3 for Jani in the #18 brings hope of a fight at the top. Highly likely one car will stay out of trouble and bring home a win. Worth noting it is the 5th consecutive Pole in a row for the team from Weissach. Audi have LM upgrades on the #7 & #8 and that shows with the less experienced driver line-up / regular car trailing the manufacturer P1s. ByKolles will go round, pit a lot & generally confuse the LMP2 battle.
LMP2 – Well the established leader G-Drive #26 continues to do great things taking the class pole, but behind we have the re-emergence of Team Sard Morand #43 in a lovely deep blue, but clearly in need of sponsor backing. Expect attempts to show the car off to achieve that funding goal. Following the penalising of the KCMG Oreca 05 for a loose skid block (new car learnings?) they start not from 3rd in class but from the pitlane. This clears the way for #Mighty38 JotaSport Gibson-Nissan pedalled by Harry Tincknell to charge from the get go. Look for those moves from the outset, as Harry reminded us he had the single fastest LMP2 lap yesterday. The surprise to some extent is Strakka Racing who start last in class (ignoring the KCMG situation) but are indeed closing the gap to the class leaders and claim to have found a better balance on the strikingly beautiful Dome. It is understand the team is performing a little rain dance following their class leading runs on Thursday, and we can an every fast starting Johnny Kane to lead the charge !
GTE-PRO – A wonderful pole for #99 Stanaway/Rees Aston Martin only soured by a financial penalty for overtaking under FCYs previously. With Estre (#91 Porsche RSR) and both AF Corse Ferrari 458s (#51 Bruni & #71 Rigon) behind but nearby this has the makings of a classic PacquiaoVMayweather Pro fight but with the referee landing a few too! With some better luck the seasoned professionals in the #97 Turner/Mucke/Bell might just pull-through for a win..
GTE-AM – By no means least the AM battle reminds us of the GT1 days with the #98 Aston Martin of Lamy/Dalla Lana/Lauda joined on the class front row by the Yellow & Black of the #50 Larbre Competition Corvette. Of course, the #88Porsche RSR started by Bachler & every present Matt Griffin #55 AF Corse 458 stand ready to pick up the pieces and steal a march.
If Silverstone was anything to go by, the 6-hours of Spa will simply fly by, so either get trackside, or get your jobs done, grab a cold one and tune in to your Local Provider (MotorsTV) from 1400CET for a 1430 start to Six-Hours of stunning Motorsport Entertainment !