There was good news in the Spa-Francorchamps paddock on Friday morning as it looked like both entries that suffered heavy crashes in Thursday’s qualifying sessions will make the race on Saturday.
The #22 Motul Nissan took heavy front-end damage when it crashed at Eau Rouge with Matt Parry at the wheel early in the night qualifying session, while Eau Rouge was also the location for the #00 Goodsmile Mercedes’ incident.
That saw the back end get away from Kamui Kobayashi as the car crested the top of the corner, leading to heavy rear impact with the barrier. Both drivers underwent precautionary medical checks after their crashes, but neither suffered serious injury.
Goodsmile’s entry is being run with assistance from British squad Ram Racing this weekend and the chassis damaged in the crash is Ram’s – Goodsmile’s Super GT GT300 Mercedes remains in Japan after last weekend’s round at Sugo.
A new chassis (above) despatched from AMG in Affalterbach, Germany, arrived at Spa during the night and work is now underway in the pit to prepare the car and apply Goodsmile’s distinctive livery, which has already become something of a fan favourite. The race is now on to make warm-up, which takes place on Friday evening ahead of the Super Pole shootout instead of Saturday morning as has been the case previously.