Peka Corvette wins Spa 24 Hours
Mike Hezemans, Anthony Kumpen, Jos Menten and Kurt Mollekens have won the 2009 Spa 24 Hours in their Pekaracing Chevrolet Corvette C6.R.
With the failure of their last remaining rival, the #3 Selleslagh Racing Corvette, in the 21st hour, Peka was able to cruise home to score the second victory in the Belgian classic for the Corvette.
They finished 11 laps clear of the #33 Vitaphone Maserati of Alessandro Pier Guidi, Stephane Lemeret, Carl Rosenblad and Vincent Vosse. All three Maseratis suffered offs during the early hours of Sunday, but the #33 car was the least affected and was able to recover to second.
Third overall went to the G2 class-dominating Audi R8 LMS. The Phoenix Racing machine, driven by Marcel Fassler, Henri Moser, Alexander Margaritis, and Marc Basseng, ran faultlessly apart from a late scare to complete the podium. Its nearest G2 rival, the Jetalliance Racing Porsche 911, finish 57 laps down in 17th.
The GT2 win fell to Ferrari. The #50 AF Corse 430 dominated the race after the demise of its sister machine, allowing Toni Vilander, Gianmaria, Jaime Melo and Luis Perez Companc to come home fourth overall.
The Ferrari was five laps ahead of the first Porsche, the Brixia Racing 911 in fifth, while third in GT2 fell to the #56 CRS Racing car after various early delays.
The G3 category, essentially for GT3 machines, fell to the Matech Ford GT of Thomas Mutsch, Maxine Martin, Peter Wyss and Marc Hennerici in 10th overall.
The car was comfortably the fastest in the class for much of the race, but problems in the last two hours, including a loose undertray and deteriorating bodywork, allowed the rugged First Motorsport Porsche 911 of Christian Kelders, Philippe Greisch, Daniel Desbrueres and Eric Helary to close to within a lap at flagfall.