Podium finish for Gene in Spa

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Marc Gene raced to third position in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium last weekend, writes James Beckett.

The former University of Buckingham student, winner of the 6-Hours of Spa in 2012, lined-up for this year’s race in the number 3 Audi R18 e-tron quattro with Lucas di Grassi and Oliver Jarvis.

Gene was asked to drive the car at the start of the race and he hounded the leading cars throughout his two hour period in the behind the wheel before di Grassi and Jarvis steered the car to third position at the fall of the chequered flag.

Gene said: “Our Audi R18 e-tron quattro was running the new long-tail specification that will be used at Le Mans next month by the team, and so really as a result our race was compromised because of that. 
“We did not have the set-up to challenge for overall victory, but instead used the race to gather important data for the team ahead of the Le Mans 24-Hour race.”

The 6-Hours of Spa-Francorchamps formed round two if the FIA WEC, and as at Silverstone a month ago, the race was dominated by the Audi team.

The German manufacturer locked out the podium, with their diesel-powered R18 cars finishing first, second and third.

The winning car was driven by Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler with the Tom Kristensen, Loic Duval and Allan McNish car in second position.

Gene added: “It was a great result for Audi, especially with Le Mans being the next race in the WEC. We can take all the experience gained from Spa to France and hopefully we will be in a strong position to challenge for victory at the Circuit de la Sarthe.”

Brackley’s Anthony Davidson finished fourth in a Toyota TS030-Hybrid with team-mates Sebastien Buemi and Stephane Sarrazin.