The iconic Ardennes venue was unseasonably warm and dry throughout the event, providing challenging conditions for the field, namely dealing with the heat and to look after the car around the 7-kilometre circuit.

A race of several interruptions provided opportunities to try different strategies. The #60 Lamborghini Huracán LMGT3 Evo 2 driven by Claudio Schiavoni, Matteo Cressoni and factory driver Franck Perera were all in action throughout the weekend.

Claudio qualified the car in 17th for the six-hour race and also took the start of the race. He managed the opening stint well, and held position before handing to Matteo. When there was a lengthy Safety Car period for barrier repairs during Matteo’s stint, the team opted to switch back to Claudio to complete his drive time and to go slightly off sequence before Matteo took back over.

Great work from Matteo and the team with the strategy allowed the #60 to climb up the order slightly. He handed over to Franck with just under two hours remaining, when a red flag was called for a massive crash down the Kemmel Straight.

This worked out well for the team. The clock was reset, effectively becoming a Safety Car period. With Franck behind the wheel, and cars ahead needing to make an extra pitstop, this brought the #60 firmly into the mix. Methodically working his way through the pack, he found himself in contention for a podium.

With a move on the #88 Proton Competition Ford Mustang, and issues for the #85 Iron Dames Lamborghini, as the final pitstops took place the yellow #60 was in third place.

Franck’s pace was scintillating there on, and with 17 minutes to go he had clawed his way into the lead of the race, but needed a small amount of fuel on the final lap which dropped the car down to third. Despite that, the result marks the first podium in FIA WEC’s LMGT3 era with the Huracán.