07|06|2016 - WEC SPA SATURDAY
FIRST PODIUM FOR MERHI IN THE WEC
Roberto Merhi has been the leading character in the LMP2 category today in the 6 Hours of Spa, in a race that began in the worst possible way, but still finished on the podium, after losing a great victory in the final minutes by a penalty.
In the first corner when Merhi was fighting for first position in LMP2, he was struck from behind by a rival, causing a spin dropping down the field. The Manor driver began a great comeback taking the car up to fourth position at the end of his hour and a half long stint, just 12 seconds behind the leaders. Nevertheless, the damage to the car, caused by the impact at the start, meant that it lost more than a minute in the pits when having to change the back wing on his prototype.
A Safety Car one hour from the end of race closed the field with Roberto again at the wheel in fourth position. The Castellón-born driver continued to push and was placed second twenty minutes from the end, but the virtual leader, since the Alpine that was ten seconds ahead, still had to make a final pitstop to refuel. Unfortunately, a penalty derived from the last pitstop of his car, meant that he dropped to fourth place. Roberto recovered his deserved position on the podium when he passed the Audi driver Filipe Albuquerque right at the finish.