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EMA Motorsport Porsche Leads Final Spa Test Session

Matt Campbell on the mark for EMA in final 24H Spa test session; WRT Audi quickest outright…

Photo: Patrick Hecq/SRO

EMA Motorsport driver Matt Campbell registered the fastest lap time in the final session of the official TotalEnergies 24 Hours of  Spa test, which Team WRT led overall.

Campbell produced a time of 2:18.069 behind the wheel of the No. 74 Porsche 911 GT3 R, which Australian team EMA dialed in ahead of the race event on July 28-31.

The Australian driver hit the top of the timing charts early during the five-hour Wednesday afternoon session, which concluded 18 combined hours of test running.

Team WRT’s No. 32 Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II was the fastest car outright courtesy of a 2:17.461 set by Charles Weerts during the opening session on Tuesday.

EMA led session four by 0.085 seconds over the No. 10 Boutsen Racing Audi, which shot to second place right at the end of the second and final day thanks to a 2:18.154 improvement from Adam Eteki.

Boutsen prevented a Porsche 1-2-3 result as the Gold Cup squad slotted ahead of Toksport WRT, which reached the top three based on Sven Mueller’s efforts, and KCMG.

A stoppage on track for the No. 47 KCMG Porsche caused a red flag in the final hour of the session, as one of four noteworthy incidents during the afternoon.

The causes of two other red flags were the Iron Dames Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 getting stuck in the gravel at Campus, and the No. 54 Dinamic Porsche stopping with a puncture.

There was also a Full Course Yellow after the No. 46 WRT Audi went off at Bruxelles.

Behind KCMG on the Wednesday afternoon leaderboard was the No. 25 Audi from Sainteloc Junior Team in fifth, followed by the No. 4 and No. 777 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evos run by Haupt Racing Team.

The overall pace-setting No. 32 Audi ranked eighth in the final session on a time of 2:18.415.

In the outright combined times, Matteo Cairoli aboard Dinamic’s No. 54 Porsche took second behind Weerts with a 2:17.535 that came on Tuesday afternoon.

Laurens Vanthoor in KCMG’s Porsche was third, ahead of Nicky Catsburg in the No. 98 ROWE Racing BMW M4 GT3 and Ben Barker in the Porsche from Allied-Racing.

Allied set the Gold Cup pace, while Sainteloc Junior Team’s No. 26 Audi was the Silver Cup benchmark sitting 10th in the combined times.

The No. 188 Garage 59 McLaren 720S GT3 topped the test in the Pro-Am category.

RESULTS: Wednesday afternoon / Combined classification

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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