Australia’s Scott Andrews got a late callup to make his European Le Mans Series debut at Spa Francorchamps. Regular driver for #2 United Autosport Ligier JSP3, Sean Rayhall was unable to travel to Spa due to illness. So it was a seat for Andrews.
He has been racing in LMP3 with the Michelin Le Mans Cup and the Road to Le Mans but a callup to the European Series is a major step. Issues outside his control ended his season early.
In the past he has had success in junior formula in the United States and in Australia in the Commodore Cup and Bathurst 12 Hour.
It was a baptism by fire – or more fittingly water at Spa. He had a short test session on Wednesday to get used to the Ligier before the official sessions started.
The race though was wet – very wet. Starting in the car with co driver John Falb, he was confronted with pace car start and a lot of rain. But things got more complicated with radio issues meaning he significantly limited contact with the team.
But it was a win on debut – not a bad way to impress ELMS teams as he looks to his future in the sport.
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By Sam Tickell, September 2018.
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