The Lovely Story of SPA Strikes AgainPosted by LeagueRoad February 3, 2022 in
On February 1st, 2022 LunatiK drivers Luke Davis and Collin McKenzie were once again ready to compete in the Precision Racing League GT3 Amateur series. Davis enters Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in 3rd overall position and McKenzie in 5th. With Championship leader Jonathan Wager holding strong in 1st both drivers looks to have a solid showing to get some good points. Heading into the race the two also had 1st place in the Team Championship that was taking place as well. During practice both looked to have some top 10 pace in the field but we all know that it was just practice.
#72 Luke Davis almost making it through the disaster
Qualifying came and Davis put a time of 2:16.494 in as his fastest with McKenzie following with a 2:16.709. Championship leader Wager put in a time of 2:15.614 which gave him pole position. Davis ended up in 9th and McKenzie in 11th. McKenzie had a lackluster qualifying but was solid on race fuel and was excited to get racing. The grid lined up to get the green lights to start the race. As the lights went green the field took off heading into the sharp turn 1. A couple positions moved within the top 10 but the top 3 remained the same heading into the famous Eau Rouge, Raidillon combo. Cresting over the top amount to head onto the Kemmel straight P1 of Wager lost his rear end which sent him sliding into the barriers on the right hand side. P2 tried to avoid but ended up losing the rear of the car and slid off to the left of the track. Both cars slapped the barriers and bounced back onto the track with the remainder of the field coming in at full speed. What ensued after was pure mayhem as cars started to collide and go air born capturing both LunatiK drivers in its carnage. Davis made it through the wreck elated believing he made it through when his steering which had been damaged sent him tracking left into the grass colliding with another car. McKenzie was slapped on the side by a car which sent him air born and into the catch fence sustaining heavy damage.
Both Drivers made is back to the pits to be able to take repairs and hopefully run at least half of the race to obtain some points. McKenzie and Davis were able to return to the track to try and finish the second half of the race. McKenzie suffered a brutal fate coming into Pouhon when a Lamborghini lost its rear end and did not hold their brakes causing McKenzie to try and avoid them but also making contact sending him into the grass and barrier. This ended McKenzie’s chances of obtaining points. Davis was able to limp the car back home and took P20 and 11 points.
Davis was able to hold on 3rd position overall in the championship while McKenzie fell to 8th. The team championship also saw LunatiK Racing fall to 3rd. The next race is February 8th, as the drivers head to Detroit Michigan to tackle the walls of Belle Isle. Race will start at 9:40pm est.