Rinaldi Racing faces Spa 24 Hours
German race team, Rinaldi Racing, is facing an exciting challenge. On July 25, Michele Rinaldi and his team will be competing in the 67th running of the ‘Total 24 Hours of Spa’. With Marco Seefried, Norbert Siedler, Rinat Salikhov and Stef Vancampenhoudt, the team has a particularly strong quartet of drivers behind the wheel of Rinaldi Racing’s fast Ferrari 458 Italia for the classic Belgian endurance race. The race twice around the clock at the 7.004 metres long circuit marks the highlight of the Blancpain Endurance Series season.
Some 60 teams in three different classes will be competing in the world’s biggest GT3 race at the demanding roller-coaster circuit in the Ardennes. “We are in the middle of preparations for the season highlight and the entire team is looking forward to the start,” team pricipal Michele Rinaldi reports. He adds: “For us, taking part in this race is something very special, because this is where the best GT teams are racing each other, and for 24 hours on top of that.” Rinaldi Racing has already shown throughout the Blancpain GT Series season to date with its Ferrari 458 Italia. In the Sprint Series events and in the Endurance Series rounds, the team from Mendig in Germany scored good podium results and racked up valuable championship points. “It is clear that we want to compete for a podium finish in the PRO-AM class at Spa as well,” Rinaldi shows his competitive spirit. “In the past, we have shown on several occasions that we have a good performance. In Spa, however, making it to the finish is our primary goal.”
“Our top line-up is the basis for a successful race,” says Marco Seefried. Together with Norbert Siedler and Rinat Salikhov, the professional GT racer will have Stef Vancampenhoudt as his team-mate for the first time. For the Belgian, who will have his first outing with the Ferrari team this season, the race at Spa is his home event. “We are delighted to have Stef supporting us for this important race,” the team principal comments. “I have known him for some time already. Having raced in the FIA GT Championship in the past and from his work as an instructor, he is bringing plenty of experience into the team, not in the least also thanks to his participations in the Nürburgring 24-hour race. With him, Marco, Norbert and Rinat, we have a perfect line-up.”
Julius de Their and Henri Langlois Van Ophem were the founding fathers of the legendary race, already held for the first time in 1924, only one year after the inaugural Le Mans 24 Hours. From 1953 till 1981, the Spa 24 Hours counted towards the Sportscar World Championship. For some years, the classic race has now been a part of the popular Blancpain Endurance Series to the delight of all the fans.
For all sports car fans, a live stream and live timing are available online at http://www.blancpain-gt-series.com/live. Eurosport is broadcasting parts of the season highlight live and reviews on television. The race starts on Saturday, July 25, at 16.30 hrs and covers a distance of 24 hours.