A soaked Spa-Francorchamps was the host of the 300th Porsche Supercup race for the 5th round of the 2021 season.
Jaxon Evans who provisionally qualified 4th was moved into 3rd position on the starting grid after a 5 place penalty was endured by Florian Latorre who moved from 3rd to 8th.
With the treacherous weather that had been causing chaos throughout the weekend across all series racing at Spa, most people would have bet that there was going to be an event on lap one.
Sure enough, there was but unfortunately it involved the sole Kiwi in the series.
Lap 1 saw Evans drop to 8th after he slammed on the brakes to avoid a pirouetting Larry ten Voorde. But luckily Evans was able to stay on tack and avoid his spinning competitors who dropped down further.
Larry who was ever so slightly nudged by Pereira spun through Eau Rouge with Evans having to swiftly avoid the drama.
Larry dropped to 14th after the incident with Pereira taking the lead and Guven moving up into 2nd place. That meant the pink BWT teammates locked out the top 2 spots.
A safety car was deployed to help clear the track and allow those who spun to re-join or enter the pits. The safety car went in at the start of lap 3.
After the safety car re-entered the pits, the drivers continued but the drama was not over yet…
Since his evasive move had dropped Evans down to 8th, the Kiwi began to see Leon Koehler in his rear view mirrors as he was being slowed down by a battle for 6th and 7th happening in front of him.
The German driver, who was currently 3rd in the drivers championship, felt opportunistic in the sketchy conditions.
Nearing the end of lap 3 Koehler edged even closer and spun Evans coming into the turn 18 chicane. An absolutely devastating blow which pushed Evans down to 19th position.
The move was immediately put under investigation by the stewards and a couple of laps later Kohler was penalised with a 10 second time penalty.
Evans was very unlucky in both cases with losing positions at the start avoiding a spin and then being spun himself only 2 laps later.
The rest of the 11-lap race was riddled with spins and cars slamming into one another. There were 3 safety cars deployed and the race even finished under the protection of a safety car with racers still beached in the gravel traps.
Jaxon managed to scrape his way back into 13th with the considerable number of accidents and due to the time penalty from Leon Koehler which, with the closeness of the vehicles, dropped him to 16th.
Evans will stay second in the championship with his main rival Larry ten Voorde having his own difficulties and only managing to finish 9th.
Both drivers will have pick up minimal points (Evans 3 points and ten Voorde 7 points) but it wasn’t the day for either of the 2 championship contenders.
The next round of the Porsche Supercup is next weekend at circuit Zandvoort as another warmup act before the formula 1. Hopefully Jaxon will have better luck there and the conditions wont be a tricky as they were in Belgium.
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