ROWE Racing confident with race pace ahead of 24 hours of Spa defence

by Vince Pettit

ROWE Racing head in to the 2017 Total 24 Hours of Spa with  target on their back, having won the event in the last two years they enter the race confidently, despite starting from eleventh and fourty-second places on the grid.

“Eleventh place is a good starting position for the race,” said Hans-Peter Naundorf, team principal ROWE Racing. “We know that we don’t need to be right at the front to bae successful in such a long and intensive race.”

“Philipp drove a great lap even though we didn’t have a qualifying set-up, rather have been working towards the race for the entire weekend. We’ve got the right schedule, we had no incidents with the #99.

“And we’ve sorted out the problem with the #98 that saw us miss out on the Super Pole. We are confident for the race with this car as well.” added Naundorf.

Philipp Eng was tasked with taking the #99 BMW M6 GT3 out for Super Pole and while he didn’t take the fastest time, he enjoyed the experience of lapping the iconic circuit with no traffic to worry about.

“It was so much fun completing two whole laps on the track in Spa without traffic. It was sheer driving pleasure.” said Eng.

“I’m delighted that the team entrusted me with the task of competing for the Super Pole; anyone in our car could have contested the final qualifying session.
“The BMW M6 GT3 felt very good, so now it’s time to switch to race made and drive without making any errors for 24 hours. If we end up in the same position as last year, that would be fantastic.”

Maxime Martin will start the race for the #99 car, Maxime’s father Jean-Michel is a four times winner of the 24 Hours of Spa. Nick Catsburg will start in the sister #98 car.

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