The FIA WEC is back from its compulsory break and with it too Project 1 is back on the racetrack: In the first race in six months in Spa, Belgium, the racing team from Lohne experienced a rollercoaster ride and ultimately fell short of its own expectations.
“Not a result that we can be satisfied with,” comments team boss Axel Funke about the performance of the two Porsche 911 RSR. “With positions four and six we just managed to limit the damage. The pace was there and by and large it's just a shame that we could have done more. We would have loved to have reported back from the break with a podium. "
There were various reasons why the jump on the podium was denied. Egidio Perfetti, Matteo Cairoli and Laurents Hörr (#56) lost valuable time due to safety car phases and thus lost their chance of winning the LMGTE Am category.
The trio had started the race from second on the grid and finished in fourth place.
Ben Keating, Felipe Fraga and Jeroen Bleekemolen finished two places behind in sixth position. Like their teammates in the sister car, the three Project 1 drivers led the class at times. But several setbacks, such as a collision between Bleekemolen and a lapped car, threw the #57 back.
The race weekend at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps also served as important preparation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The 2020 edition of the long-distance classic has moved into autumn as the dates were postponed. The race on the Sarthe will take place from September 17th to 19th.