G-Drive Racing are aiming to repeat their victory at the Six Hours of Silverstone at this weekend’s WEC Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.
The team, who run the only Morgan-Nissan in LMP2 for Julien Canal, Olivier Pla and Roman Rusinov, finished two laps ahead of the #47 KCMG Oreca 03 at Silverstone, and head into the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship chasing their maiden victory in the Ardennes.
“I can’t wait to be at Spa and to take part in this race to achieve a perfect weekend,” commented Team Principle Philippe Dumas. “I have the impression that something very strong is beginning to emerge between our three drivers, and it’s the perfect opportunity to prepare for the Le Mans 24 Hours, the greatest endurance race in the world in which we’ll be competing in just a few weeks.”
After his first LMP2 race at Silverstone, 31-year-old Canal commented: “Silverstone was my first race in LMP2 and I’m really delighted to have crowned it with a victory. It wasn’t easy given my lack of experience in the prototype category. The weather conditions were difficult too, but the team did a great job.”
Looking ahead to Spa, though, Canal says the weather will play a major part in the race: “For the second round at Spa the changeable weather is still part of the equation. In addition, there are very fast curves and technical corners so I’m going to have to work with the team and my team-mates to be ready in optimal conditions. I’m feeling very motivated and very confident.”
Rusinov, who was the first Russian to win an international race in Europe back in 2000, says he is sure the team’s Morgan will once again run up front at Spa: “We did a great job in the first round of the FIA WEC and we’re going to try and do the same thing this weekend at Spa. It’s a particularly important race for us because we consider it as a rehearsal for the Le Mans 24 Hours. I’m sure we’re going to be competitive thanks to our Morgan chassis, our Dunlop tyres and G-Drive support.”
The Six Hours of Spa starts at 1330 BST on Saturday, with qualifying taking place at 1820 BST on Friday.