The Barwell Motorsport crew left Spa unrewarded last week, after what started out to be a promising weekend at the Belgian round of the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup, as Mark Poole was left a passenger in the #66 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 after being driven into during a second lap incident, through no fault of his own.
Following on from their strong result at Paul Ricard in August and their second place overall at the Barcelona 24 Hours at the beginning of this month, Mark Poole and Richard Abra were looking forward to heading back out on track with the Barwell run, MP Motorsport supported Huracan at the Ardennes circuit.
Some mega driving by Barwell Pro Abra, saw him at the top spot on the timing sheets during Friday’s first free practice session, by three tenths of a second from the FFF Racing Team McLaren, “I love Spa!” commented Abra, “and the Huracan is fantastic around here.” Rich was also running in P2 for the second practice session of the day before it was cut short, he explained, “we had improved from FP1 and would have gone even faster if it wasn’t for the red flag”.
Mark Poole did a superb job in the qualifying and Superpole sessions to place the #66 Lamborghini in 7th position for the ensuing race. MP’s flyer also marked his fastest ever lap time around the famous circuit!
Unfortunately, despite a clean start by Poole, Barwell Motorsport’s race was over as soon as it had begun. As Poole made his way around La Source to begin his second lap, he was driven into by an out of control Thomas Flohr in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari and the monumental impact from Flohr sent both cars flying off the tarmac. The Barwell Am attempted to re-join the race, but the high speed impact had caused a substantial amount of damage and all Poole could do was roll down the hill to retirement. A disappointed Abra commented, “this is the third occasion that we have been hit unnecessarily by another car this year. But this time it was even more frustrating, as we had a great car and showed mega pace in both free practice sessions and in qualifying.” Rich continued, “I felt as though we had a real chance to step onto the podium, which would have been a nice way to end our season.”