Tolman Motorsports visit to the iconic Spa Francochamps in Belgium was a water shed for the team this year. Drivers Alex Preston and David Pattison both turned a corner in their driving careers with exemplary performances in all three races! Despite one of the worst road trips with high winds and biblical amounts of rain, practice, qualifying and the races were all dry! Alex qualified P1 for the first time in his career knocking Stuart Pearson of the top slot for the first time in nearly 2 years! David pushed had for P4 a long way ahead of the rest.
In race 1 Alex made a great start getting into the lead off the line, the lead changed several times during the race with one of the best races all season between him and Stuart. Stuart made his final move on the long drag out of Eau Rouge and defended all the way to line. Alex did get fastest lap! Meanwhile, David had a great start and got into 3rd on the first lap, only to spin Double Gauche. From the very back of the field David pushed hard regain the lost places. By the end of the race not only had he made it back to 3rd but a number of G40s had been laid to waste.
Alex again had good start in Race 2 but a first corner melee saw him dropped to 2nd with four G40’s between him and Stuart. This was the status quo for the entire race bringing home a strong 2nd , fastest lap was again Alex’s! David had a good start and drove a solid race retaining 4th from the outset, his pace toward 3rd placed Brian Murphy improving throughout with Brian finishing a handful of seconds in front by the chequered flag.
Race 3 saw Alex leading from the first corner and then streaked ahead through out the whole race! He pulled out a healthy 10 second lead over Stuart and in the process smashed his qualifying time by 2 seconds! A well deserved P1. David final race of the day was his best to date! The race with Brian was the one to watch, the battle for third swapping 4 times over the first 3 laps. David came in 4th once more but this time with Brian in sight at the finish!
Tolman Motorsport Team Manager Christopher Tolman commented, “A fantastic weekends racing in Spa and so proud of all team. We did not have one single issue all weekend, the cars performed faultlessly, the Drivers brought home results and the sun shone! Alex has proved he can race, win and raise the bar! David made a big leap in his performance and we have a big haul of points! I can’t thank the team enough!”