WEC Spa racing conditions ‘like in a horror movie’


Lopez said he had the “easiest part” after taking control of the Toyota GR010 Hybrid for the race to the flag as the reigning world champions took victory in a race interrupted by heavy rain, three red flags, six safety cars and five Full Course Yellows.

“Watching the inboards and hearing the radio from the garage was really difficult,” said Lopez, who took a 27-second win in the Alpine A480-Gibson after taking over for the final 80 minutes of the 6 Hours of Spa. .

“There were times in the race where Mike and Kamui looked like passengers in the car; there was so much aquaplaning, it was sometimes extreme.

“To watch from the outside, it was like a horror movie.”

“It was hard to watch, but it must have been even harder in the car.”

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Conway, who was in the #7 Toyota when the rain hit in the second hour of the race, admitted it was difficult to keep the car on track when the conditions were at their worst.

“Some of the wet races were really dangerous, lots of standing water, just hard to keep it on the road,” he said.

“It was really tough, but we stuck with it, we didn’t make any mistakes, and that was the key to victory.”

#7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota GR0110 Hybrid Hypercar of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez

Photo by: Toyota Racing

Toyota Gazoo Racing technical director Pascal Vasselon felt race officials made the right choices on most occasions during the race.

He only questioned the decision to green-flag after an FCY at the end of the third hour, shortly after the race was red-flagged for the third time.

“There was a moment when we were very surprised when the race started again after an FCY and there was heavy rain,” he explained.

“It was borderline: immediately afterwards, the race had to be stopped again because there was aquaplaning everywhere.

“It was a bit of a surprise call; otherwise it was generally good.


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