The 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps ended much earlier than expected for Matteo Cairoli. The Como-based driver, racing for Project 1 AO has not even arrived to Saturday morning, the day in which the race has started. During Friday afternoon qualifying, his teammate in the PJ Hyett took the wheels of the Porsche 911 RSR as per regulation in LMGTE Am, in which Bronze drivers have to attend the session. At half-way session, the American lost the control of his car at Raidillon, crashing into the barrier. Session was red flagged, PJ got rescued from the marshals and brought to Medical Center first, and then to the hospital for medical checks. He had no serious injuries, but the car was compromised and they couldn’t attend the race. For this reason, the team decided to retire the car #56 from the event.
“For sure I’m disappointed for not being at the start of one the races I was waiting the most in the season. But most important thing is that PS it’s fine. This would have been a great preparation for Le Mans 24 Hours, but that’s also part of the game in Motorsport. I think Porsche had a good potential here, considering also that PJ set third fastest time in the session before crash. I had good feelings after the three free practice sessions, and has been nice to see from the TV graphics my lap-time is still GT record here. Now the most important aim is a speed recovery for PJ onto Le Mans. I’m ready to give him and all the team my full support”.