Ryan Ratcliffe 2018

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Spa-Francorchamps - 8-9/07/16

Optimum Motorsport returned to Belgium's legendary

and evocative Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

Will Moore and Ryan Ratcliffe had good pace on used tyres throughout testing and practice, boding well for the race proper, but there was a need to trust that fresh Pirelli tyres would afford sufficient grip for Spa's fastest sections, such as the ascent up Eau Rouge and the Blanchimont left-hander.

Progress was made by both drivers in every session and Ratcliffe was on course for a significant improvement in lap time during GT3 Pro qualifying when rain saturated sector two of the lap and prevented the Welshman from bettering a tenth place starting position.

However, traffic had been a major issue throughout free practice and qualifying and it was clear that chunks of time would be won or lost while negotiating lapped GT4 runners in the race, and it was thought that Ratcliffe's experience of multi-class endurance racing in the CREVENTIC 24H Series would come to the fore.

Sadly, the race lasted only a few laps for Optimum's GT3 contingent, as contact with the Tolman Motorsport Ginetta G55 severely damaged the #14 Audi R8's steering rack and also led to a post-race exclusion.

Optimum Motorsport Team Principal, Shaun Goff, said: "Will (Moore) felt the pressure to make moves on the brakes and it ended in contact. This happens in racing and it is a shame, but it was always going to be a tough ask as part of a large grid, in hot temperatures. The important thing is that the mechanics have repaired the broken steering and the car is ready to go in the 24H Circuit Paul Ricard next weekend."

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