The three-hour Bronze Test for the 2016 Total 24 Hours of Spa gave the drivers plenty of opportunity to familiarise themselves with the iconic Belgian circuit earlier this afternoon. The Bronze Test was the first session of an action-packed week, which continues on Wednesday with the traditional and unique parade towards downtown Spa.
The three-hour practice session for the Bronze drivers on the Tuesday of the Total 24 Hours of Spa week was introduced last year, with the aim of giving less experienced drivers a feel for the Belgian circuit. With 37 cars participating in this year's Bronze Test, drivers seized the opportunity with both hands, with most trying to maximise their track time. The most active of crews was the #74 ISR Audi’s, which lapped the 7.004km Belgian track 49 times.
The fastest lap time went to the #132 Lamborghini Gallardo of Australian squad Lago Racing, which clocked a 2m21.854s early in the session. Second was the #53 AF Corse Ferrari, some four tenths slower than the Lamborghini, with the #666 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan in third. The top-three cars are all entered in the Pro-Am Cup, with the fastest of the Am Cup machines - the #30 Team Parker Racing Bentley - finishing fourth.
Wednesday sees the traditional parade start at 4pm, with all cars making their way via public roads from the Spa track towards the town centre. All drivers will then participate in an hour-long autograph session from 5pm to 6pm, after which they will attend the drivers briefing in Spa’s Casino. The cars will travel back to the paddock at 7.30pm. The next track action is on Thursday, with the 90-minute-long free practice session starting at 1.20pm.
Useful information - Total 24 Hours of Spa
When: 26th – 31st July 2016
Tickets : from 15 €
General Entrance : 30 € (includes free entrance on Thursday and Friday)
General Entrance + paddock : 60 €
Children aged 12 or under, accompanied by an adult, enter for free
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Tuesday July 26th
Bronze test 14:55 – 17:55
Wednesday July 27th
Parade Spa 16:00
Autograph session 17:00-18 :00
Thursday July 28th
Free Practice 13:20-14:50
Night Qualifying 21:45-23:45
Friday July 29th
Super Pole 18:00-18:30
Saturday July 30th
Warm Up 09:05-09:25
Starting procedure & Grid walk 15:40-16:30
Start of the Total 24 hours of Spa 16:30
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