As ever, we’re back with another Socially Sublime and with another opportunity for you to vote for your favourite use of social media out of the options provided.
It’s a 24 Hours of Spa special this week, and to commemorate the Mercedes 1-2-3-4-5-6 annulment from super pole, we’re adding a sixth option for you to vote on this time around! Enjoy!
1. ISAAC TUTUMLU LOPEZ ON BALANCE OF PERFORMANCE
Spa 24 Hours Super Pole finished with Mercedes on the first six positions! When it comes to BOP it is not easy to explain those who are not into GT racing what is exactly, they don't understand why they make a car slower when it can be faster and now I can't understand it neither myself. This is too much, it is not posible that in such a competitive field of drivers and teams the first six positions are occupied by Mercedes, this is not good for the championship, for the spectators and for the other brands. This year the BOP in both ADAC GT Masters and Blancpain GT Series is a joke; last week a 12 years old car (Corvette C6) driven by a gentleman driver was 1 second per lap faster than the brand new Audi R8 LMS driven by a factory drivers, can somebody explain this please???? 😳😳😳thisisajoke #blancpaingtseries #spa24h #notfair #bop #mercedes #gt3 #gtracing
BOP in GT3 racing is a big topic for conversation and has been all season long, with many people suggesting that the regulations set for this year are damaging to the sport and downright unfair. Following Mercedes’ initial 1-2-3-4-5-6 in super pole at the 24 Hours of Spa, Isaac Tutumlu Lopez took to social media to offer his opinion on the farcical situation. As it turned out, all 6 Mercedes cars that topped the timing sheets during the session were deemed to be illegal and were subsequently hit with hefty penalties. But the point of this is that Isaac is yet another driver unhappy with the regs; providing further cause for concern.
2. MARKUS PALTTALA’S WORDS FOR MAXIME MARTIN
Palttala and Martin are both former Marc VDS drivers and both hold the now defunct team close to their hearts, so it’s no surprise there is immense respect between them. Palttala oozes with class and is one of the good guys in motorsport, so it was nice to see him take time out to congratulate his former teammate on his overall win at Spa.
Give it a read and see what you think!
3. MARO ENGEL’S COMMENTS ON VANTHOOR’S FASTEST LAP
Vanthoor has featured on here more than once before and he was in mischievous mode over the last week. On this occasion though, it was more Maro Engel providing the bait. Having run with what was deemed to be an illegal car – running non-homologated ignition timing maps – during super pole, Engel appeared to offer a bitter swipe at Vanthoor after his fastest lap of the race.
Before anyone gets too annoyed though, it was just banter, as Maro made clear later on in the conversation. He also backed Laurens as one of the best GT drivers in the world.
However, a few people made suggestions that Audi may have been sandbagging. An hilarious suggestion and one that shows how many races these people have watched (or indeed missed) this season.
4. MAXIME MARTIN’S ODE TO HIS FATHER
Victory in the Spa 24 Hours now runs in the Martin family. Maxime’s father Jean-Michel won the prestigious race in 1992 and was able to celebrate with his son on his shoulders, as shown in the picture.
Maxime was only too proud to continue the family tradition of winning in the Ardennes and took to social media to leave a small tribute to his father after a win of his own.
5. LAURENS VANTHOOR’S DIG AT MERCEDES
Following Mercedes’ 1-2-3-4-5-6 in super pole, Laurens Vanthoor was cracking the jokes. Trying to make light of what – on the face of it – looked a fairly grim situation. As it turned out though, the Belgian was put on pole following the penalties applied to the Mercs and duly finished on the podium. Still, we all love a cheeky dig, don’t we? Worthy of a spot.
6. PHILIPP ENG AND STEF DUSSELDORP’S #ASKPENG BANTER
This one kinda speaks for itself, really!
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