Vanthoor puts WRT Audi at the top of the standings in the first free practice session at Spa

Vanthoor puts WRT Audi at the top of the standings in the first free practice session at Spa

The WRT team dominated the free practice session for the 24 Hours of TotalEnergies with the full field underway for the first time in the 2022 edition.

Photo: Mario Herzog

Dries Vanthoor was at the wheel of the #32 Audi and led the pit stop session which saw four red flags displayed. The Belgian set a time of 2m 17.858s, 0.017s faster than team-mate Alessio Picariello (no. 24 Porsche from Herberth Motorsport), who finished second overall and led the Pro-Am class. He was followed by the Gold Cup leader, Lucas Auer, who led three classes in the overall standings with Mercedes-AMG and starting number 57 from Winward Racing.

Photo: Mario Herzog

Augusto Farfus finished fourth overall in the #98 ROWE Racing BMW, followed by the identical #34 Walkenhorst Motorsport car, driven by Gold Cup participant Jens Klingmann. Six brands were represented in the top 10, including German heavyweights Audi, Porsche, Mercedes-AMG and BMW, as well as Italian brands Ferrari and Lamborghini. All 66 cars registered for this year’s race made their laps during the session.

Photo: Mario Herzog

However, several of them had problems. The first red flag was waved a few minutes after the course was cleared and caused by the number 8 Lamborghini of AGS Events and Nicolas Gomar. The second was the longest and proved crucial after Nico Müller’s #46 WRT Audi Team retired at Speakers Corner. Next up was Hubert Haupt who drove the #5 HRT Mercedes-AMG on the gravel trap at Pouhon. Finally, Maxime Oosten hit the guard rails on the right side of Raidillon, meaning that the number 28 BMW had to be rescued by Samantha Tan Racing in a low-loader car.

The early races are shown on the program at 4:15 pm and herald the start of live broadcasts from Spa-Francorchamps. Qualifying for the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Business begins at 8.40 pm, where the 20 participants of Friday’s Super Pole session and the final grid positions 21 to 66 have been determined.

Photo: Mario Herzog

All live sessions will be held in English, German, French and Italian GT World YouTube Channel transfer. Other streaming options can also be found on official website and Total Energy 24 Hours of Business Facebook Pages,, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS and Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli.

Source: GT World Challenge Europe press release


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