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Pescarolo rule again at Spa.

Pescarolo Sport made it two wins in a row in the Le Mans Series at Spa with drivers Jean-Christophe Boullion and Emmanuel Collard leading home the impressive Swiss Spirit car, competing in only its second ever Le Mans event.

The French duo piloted their Lola C60 Judd to overall victory, with the Swiss outfit, driven by Marcel Fassler and Harold Primat, behind completing 134 laps in the six-hour 1000km race.

Pescarolo's success was made even more impressive as they started from the pit lane at Spa, after their involvement with an accident on Friday practice that heavily damaged one of the Larbe Competition Aston Martins. They also had the same engine in Spa used for victory at Istanbul in the opening round of the season.

Boullion and Collard ended up just one lap ahead of the Swiss Spirit Courage LC 70 Judd, and two laps ahead of third place finishers John Nielsen, Casper Elgaard and Philip Andersen in the Zytek, rounding out the top three overall finishers and LMP1 order.

The Swiss Spirit team left the Belgian circuit delighted at the podium place following retirement last time out in Istanbul and showing speed and consistency to finish in the top three in only the team's second event.

"The result is great for the team and also out attack on the championship," said a delighted Primat. "We are back in contention and it is a big confidence boost for the team – it looks promising for Le Mans even If there is a lot of work ahead for us."

Swiss Spirit team boss Serge Saulnier echoed Primat's confidence with Le Mans just around the corner.

"This result is a great reward for all the members of the team and our technical partners Courage, Judd and Michelin – they are perfect," said Saulnier. "I knew when we started the programme and it was confirmed today. We have five busy weeks ahead of us – Le Mans is the big objective of the year and we will continue to work as hard as we can until 5pm on Sunday 18 June."

All three leading cars avoided a multiple first lap pile-up on a damp track at the notorious Eau Rouge, and had to endure a lengthy safety car period. Following the accident there was particular concern for Kevin McGarrity in the Protran Competition LMP1 machine, he was eventually taken to the medical centre unharmed after fears for the state of his legs.

The race only got going some fifty minutes after the accident, following two safety car periods as the debris was cleared from the circuit.



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