Bailey enjoyed a perfect qualifying session on Friday which saw him claim his maiden pole position in GT4 racing and place the #23 McLaren on the front row of the grid for the opening race of the weekend. Bailey had a great start from pole and drove a demanding opening stint, coming under strong pressure from the car behind, but holding onto the lead before pitting to hand the car over to Charlie Fagg. Charlie drove brilliantly, holding onto the lead and bringing the #23 McLaren home to take their third win of the season and reclaim the title lead in both the Silver Teams and Silver Drivers’ standings.
Qualifying for race two was down to Charlie Fagg placing the 570s McLaren third on the grid. The weather conditions ahead of race two were unpredictable, with rainfall leading up to the start of the second race but the call to start on slick tyres proved to be worth taking. Charlie had a great start taking the lead of the race heading into Eau Rouge. He set about extending his lead and in a mirror image from Friday’s race, held off intense pressure from the second placed car to bring the #23 into the pits to hand over to Bailey who emerging second. Bailey continued in second place until a final lap battle with the third placed car saw them make slight contact, resulting in Bailey suffering a left rear puncture. He managed to drag the car over the line, eventually finishing fourth after a great weekend for the #23.
United Autosports have now regained the lead of the GT4 Silver Championship in both the teams and drivers’ standings, heading into the next round at the Nürburgring on 3-5 September. The win for the #23 also marks the sixth consecutive race win for United Autosports at Spa Francorchamps, dating back to September 2018.
“Overall, it was a reasonably strong weekend for us, with valuable points collected for the championship. It was great to get my first pole in qualifying and fastest lap in the race yesterday as well as winning overall. We were a bit unlucky in race two where we were battling for a podium but some damage to the rear meant we finished P4. Big thank you to the team for all their support this weekend.”