No 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid, LMP1, Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson, Kazuki Nakajima, WEC Spa Francorchamps, 2017

With five hours racing in the book with just a single retirement there is still so much to play for at the Six-Hours of Spa, the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

One fascinating element is the in-team rivalries being sorted out, or at the moment not! Whether it is the full-season Toyotas, Porsches, similar jockeying in the LMP2 teams or further back the battle between the Ferrari 488 GTE cars.  All of these teams of drivers are fighting for the race but also for the championship.  To go into the double points of Le Mans would be make or break if you have lost both of these early rounds.

No 26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 Gibson, LMP2, Roman Rusinov, Pierre Thiriet, Alex Lynn, WEC Spa Francorchamps, 2017

Just 45sec separate the top-three in LMP2 with one car from major contenders Valliante Rebellion Racing #31, Jackie Chan DC Racing #38 (winners at Silverstone) & Leader G-Drive Racing #26 of Alex Lynn indeed 1st to 2nd is just 8-secs!

No 71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE, LMGTE Pro, Davide Rigon, Sam Bird, WEC Spa Francorchamps, 2017

There was a substantial risk of rain earlier but so far at 1900 with 90mins remaining it has held off. This presents some complications for teams that relied on it as arriving and made full use of their limited tyre dry tyre allocation.  Equally if the wet stuff arrives, which cars have adjustment available in their setup to allow for maximising the conditions or minimising the loss of performance.

No 86 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR (991), LMGTE Am, Michael Wainwright, Benjamin Barker, Nicholas Foster, WEC Spa Francorchamps, 2017

With just a single retirement, the #86 Gulf Racing RSR, with a damaged wiring loom, there is plenty of traffic to trip over and incidents to incur.

Eurosport should be coming online soon, and it only recently occurred to me that BT Sport’s HD coverage has been commercial free!  Get on it for the conclusion there is still much to be settled in the Forests of the Ardennes..