“Catsburg on a charge at Spa”

Three-and-a-half hours into the 65th Total 24 Hours of Spa and Nicky Catsburg is on a charge.

Piloting the #4 Marc VDS BMW Z4, the Dutch racer had been busy chasing down race leader Richard Lietz for several laps, having earlier passed teammate Maxime Martin during a tyre stop.

For a time, Catsburg was tearing up to two seconds-per-lap out of Lietz’ lead, eventually drawing to the rear of the #150 Manthey Porsche on lap 94.
After six tours where the leading pair enjoyed a fraught battle, Lietz pitted, allowing Catsburg into a temporary lead; however that would be shortlived for the Marc VDS entry.
Stopping not long after, the BMW-powered entry stopped too, but unlike the Manthey squad, they chose to make a driver change, automatically giving the top spot back to the Porsche squad.

The battle did not end there though. With Markus Palttala now behind the wheel, the #4 Marc VDS, the fight for the lead continues, with the Finn reeling in the frontrunning Porsche.
At the time of writing there is still some 19-hours of the race yet to go. There are still plenty of stories to be told.

© Leigh O'Gorman.
© Leigh O’Gorman.

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