SUNDAY 10 JULY 2011
IF YOU CAN'T WIN THEN ENJOY A DRIVE THROUGH THE ARDENNES
You can't get a Ferrari 430 Scuderia any lighter than how it arrived at Spa, for a round of the British GT Championship – odd how it's in Belgium, but no one ever complains about a race at Spa, though!

After driving the wheels off the car at Brands Hatch, clearly being out paced by both the current spec Porsche and the new 458's, the SRO allowed another 20kg to be removed from the old girl. And minimun ride height.
The BGT round at Spa was a mere support race in 2011, supporting the famous "25 Hours of Racing a Volkswagen Beetle" event.

Consequently the race format was held over the Friday and Saturday – practice and qualifying on Friday with the two one hour races on Saturday.

The European GT4 Championship along with the British Aston Martin Vantage GT4 Cup would be joining the regular BGT field making for a whopping 55 car entry list.

That translated into a peak hour rush on the awful M25 motorway that circumnavigates London – it was impossible to get a clear run around the hilly Spa circuit.

Rather than fight for the time in that session of madness, Hector and Allan elected to use old tyres and see what the race pace could be, ending up second fastest.

Promising indeed, but the real race pace would be hotter and tyre drop off significant, than what P had to offer. However way you looked at it, the old girl was going to struggle.

Like practice, qualifying was all about getting a clear lap. Just one. That's all you need. No point pounding around for a whole session, if the car is balanced and the time is quick.

Hector went first, ending up in P9. Very respectable.

Allan's turn. Out lap, then into it. Result: 2nd place. And no sooner than he'd acheived that a massive traffic jam occured, ensuring his front row start.

Race 1: Hector start and held his ground, pitting at the 23 minute mark, just as a safety car was scrambled. Oil had been dropped on the circuit and everyone else too the advantage to pit. Result: chaos!

Allan swapped in and was gone, only to be handed a drive through penalty for not being stationary in the pit for 65 seconds. Damn!

The mistake meant it was a huge deficit to the leaders, which was impossible to make up, so they settled for a lowly 11th place, but ready to make amends in R2.

Race 2: Alongside Allan was his 2008 LMS team mate, Richard Westbrook, in the rocket-like Trackspeed Porsche 997 GT3. Westbrook is a young, yet old fox, who wants to win at all cost. That was clearly shown by his overly eager desire to get on the gas coming through the last corner, for the start. Again, the Scuderia struggled to match pace with the more modern machinery which also enjoy much wider rubber. BoP? Er, hello...

Fifteen minutes in, the power steering failed, but Allan pressed on, giving Hector a rather tough task at the 37 minute pit stop. And a super job he did too, coming home 8th. Hector looked red, hot and bothered, yet the big Irish smile was there.

"I've never worked so hard in my life during a stint. I felt like I was coming out of my seat. No more gym work for me, Allan. I'm going to make sure we have a new car at Rockingham!" said HL.

That is seven weeks away, whilst in the mean time, many a driver can enjoy their well earned summer vacation.

And so, next weekend, it's a lie in for Allan. Before he goes for a 10km run. And then a 60km bike ride!