The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT shows right pace at Monza, despite hopes watered down in crazy wet race
It was a disappointing first round of the Blancpain Endurance Cup at Monza for the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT, as bad luck hit the Audi R8 LMS cars of the Belgian squad since Sunday morning’s qualifying, in a day where changing conditions, with heavy rain at times, made tire choice difficult and resulted in numerous incidents, punctures and full-course-yellow or safety car periods. Car #2 of Álex Riberas, Ezequiel Pérez-Companc and Dries Vanthoor proved competitive and was in the top-3 throughout qualifying and the first part of the race, while car #10 of Ricardo Sánchez, Charles Weerts and Rik Breukers was bound to a podium finish in the Silver Cup. Unfortunately, a cascade of punctures hit several Audis including #2 and #10, sending them out of the top-10. Car #17 of Shae Davies-Paul Petit-Alex MacDowall could not even take the start following an accident in qualifying. On the positive side, the team leaves Italy having proven competitive in terms of path.