2017 LMP3 Champion Jean Glorieux returns to his home track for Round 2 of the 2020 Michelin Le Mans Cup, the track he and Alex Toril claimed the 2017 title in style with victory from pole position.
The 35-year-old driver from Kortrijk will be driving with reigning champion Laurents Horr and for triple championship winning team DKR Engineering in the 2-hour race on Saturday 8 August.They head to Belgium as championship leaders after winning the opening round of the 2020 season in Le Castellet earlier in July.
We caught up with Jean Glorieux to ask him about racing at his home circuit.
Q: As a Belgian driver, what is it like racing at Spa?
“It’s like a dream come true. At each race or test session I just love the track.It’s so challenging and it’s great to have such a place in our backyard. I’m so happy that Spa-Francorchamps is included in the Michelin Le Mans Cup.I’m looking forward to this race very much.”
Q: What is your favourite part of the track?
“I like Blanchimont and Raidillon equally because there are not a lot of real race cars like the LMP3 and GT3 which can take those corners flat out. I find them quite challenging and give me a lot of adrenaline, so those two corners are absolutely my favourite.”
Q: You secured the 2017 championship at Spa; it must hold some fantastic memories?
“Last weekend I was looking back at the 2017 race. I remember the celebrations after the championship win.If we could pull a race win this time it would be another dream come true, but we will certainly have to fight for it.The race in Le Castellet was very challenging, so it will be the same at Spa, but it’s going to be a fun weekend.”
Q: The LMP3 class is ultra-competitive.What are your expectations for the race at Spa?
“We’re racing for the win, that’s very clear. Every team is always aiming for the win. To be honest a podium should be realistic and if we get a lucky break and the wind at our backs, a win is always possible.We saw what can happen at Le Castellet, it’s not a sprint race, it’s two hours, so even starting from pole position, things can change very quickly. But we are competitive, and we will be aiming for the win.”