The second edition of Super Spa, (motto ‘not all heroes wear capes’) on 6-7 October was the third event organised this year by Roadbook at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.  Drivers were to get plenty of track time with Friday given over to testing, and on Saturday free practice sessions and qualifying in late summer weather conditions. 

The lead battle between Leone and Lichine was intense

The AvD Historic Race Cup from Germany brought a field of almost 40 cars, including F3, Opel Lotus and Formula Fords, 1600 and 2000, as well as a class of Sports 2000, for their two closing races, with the overall championship title and some class wins still to be decided.  Club races from the ACNN, for BMWs, and the PTC Racing Cup (PTC standing for Peugeot 107, Toyota Aygo and the Citroën C1) from the Netherlands were also on the timetable.

Marcel Hundscheid Reports…

Both races for the AvD Historic Race Cup were held on Sunday.  John Westenberg’s beautiful Ralt RT30/85 did not appear on the grid for the morning race due to a broken suspension during qualifying, and Marcel Biehl’s March 793 also remained in the pit box with engine maladies.  Immediately after the start pole sitter Valerio Leone (Dallara F390) was under attack by  Stephane Lechine’s Opel Lotus.  Both could still take the title in the German Open 1 class.  As the pair regularly changed positions in the first few laps, Lechine missed the breaking point for the chicane before the start/finish straight and Leone was able to pounce.  The Italian then proceeded to open a gap ahead of the Frenchman to win by nearly three seconds after nine laps.  Third place went to David Schneider, who simultaneously won the Formula Opel category, while Roberto Cocciarelli won the German Open 6 class with his Swift DB2, which also gave him the overall AvD Historic Race Cup title with one race still to go.  

Paul Tooms won the first Spa Ardennes Challenge race from the Mazda, but was completly outpaced in the next two races

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