The Reiter Engineering team’s challenge for the Total 24 Hours of Spa race ended in disappointment when the Lamborghini LP560-4 retired with mechanical failure as the race was coming to the end of its third hour.
The No.84 car, shared by Peter Kox, Marc A Hayek, Ettore Bonaldi and Jeffrey Lee had been involved in a strong battle for honours in the GT3 field.
Blancpain’s President and CEO Marc A. Hayek had enjoyed the close competition on the challenging Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Situated deep in the Ardenne Forest in Belgium,
the roller-coaster track has played host to some of motorsports all-time classic races, thanks largely to the regions unpredictable weather.
Mr Hayek’s experience in the 2010 Spa 24 Hours can best be described as short but sweet.
“Unfortunately it was a very short 24 hours race for us this year but that is the way it goes,” he said.
“ It was a tough race up until that point but we will get the car back later and look into why we had a failure. It is not clear at this stage what exactly the problem was. On a positive note, Spa is a fantastic circuit and it is great to drive on. I had a lot of fun in the car today. It is a great race, a huge field and a lot of great cars competing so overall it is a successful event for Spa and GT racing this year.”
There was happier news earlier in the day when the No.25 Reiter Engineering car of Ricardo Zonta and Frank Kechele won a thrilling FIA GT1 World Championship Race.
Starting from second on the grid, the Brazilian/German pair ran at the front throughout the hour-long main event to claim Lamborghini's first Championship Race win of the season.