- Hong Kong race driver Jonathan Hui scores 2nd in Pro-Am at the grueling Total 24 Hours of Spa
- Hong Kong’s first ever podium finish since the historic race began in 1924
- Sky Tempesta Racing one step closer to GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup title at Spa
The unstoppable Jonathan Hui continues his remarkable form, taking a 2nd place podium finish at the Total 24 Hours of Spa in Belgium. After an impressive 2020 campaign so far which has seen the Hong Kong driver take a double victory in the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup in Magny Cours, a podium finish at Imola in July, as well as a Road to Le Mans podium in September, Hui had his sights set on victory at the 24 Hours of Spa.
Together with his teammates Chris Froggatt, Edward Cheever, Giancarlo Fisichella at Sky Tempesta Racing, Hui fought through challenging weather conditions all race long, and achieved an incredible feat on just his second attempt at the daunting race in the Ardennes to finish 2nd in the Pro-Am class, the first ever podium for a Hong Kong driver in the historic race since the event began in 1924.
Combined Qualifying Result – P6 in Pro-Am
#93 Sky Tempesta Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo
Jonathan Hui | Chris Froggatt | Edward Cheever | Giancarlo Fisichella
2020 Total 24 Hours of Spa – Race Recap
The stage for one of global motorsport’s most revered endurance races was set, and one of the main targets was for the team to score points throughout the race, with points awarded at the 6 hour, 12 hour and 24 hour marks, counting towards the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup Championship. Ex-F1 star Giancarlo Fisichella took the start for the #93 Sky Tempesta Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo in challenging semi-wet conditions. The Italian did well to avoid any early trouble, and handed Jonathan Hui the controls for the next stint. Thereafter, Fisichella and Eddie Cheever shared driving duties for the next four hours and battled their way up the order, scoring 2nd place at the 6 hour mark.
It was Froggatt, Cheever and Fisichella on duty for the twilight stint, and the constantly changing track conditions meant that Sky Tempesta Racing had to take a gamble with the tyre strategy. This paid off, and by the mid-way point of the race, the #93 Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo was 1st in class, scoring maximum championship points.
The inclement weather did not improve as the race went on, and the battle for victory was heating up in the second half of the race as strategies played out. Hui was back at the wheel in the early morning darkness, and behind him, the 2nd placed Aston Martin and 3rd placed Lamborghini were fighting for position. Hui kept his focus and made no mistakes, holding on to the lead with 5 hours to go. However, a double blow with worsening track conditions and a badly timed safety car meant that the #93 Ferrari 488 dropped more than a minute behind the leader, taking away Hui’s chance of victory and leaving the team to settle for 2nd place in the Pro-Am class after 24 hours of hard driving.
The impressive result further highlights Hui’s continued development on the world stage, demonstrating his ability to be fighting at the front in such a highly competitive event. He will aim to carry his strong form over to the season finale at the 6 Hours of Le Castellet at Paul Ricard in two weeks’ time, as joint championship leader after the results at Spa. However, the battle for the championship is extremely close with the top three teams separated by only 7 points. Sky Tempesta Racing has achieved much success in 2020, having also clinched the Pro Am Sprint Cup Championship and Team Titles, and will no doubt be looking to end the year on an absolute high.
Jonathan Hui | Driver #93 Sky Tempesta Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo
This has been yet another Spa classic, renowned to be the toughest GT endurance race in the world with highly unpredictable weather and every challenge you can imagine thrown into the mix. As a team, we came well prepared to fight for the win and we very nearly achieved it – a 2nd place in Pro Am and beating all the Silver Cup teams to finish inside the top 20 overall is a testament to how hard we pushed without making mistakes for over 500 laps. In particular I really enjoyed my late night double stint where I drove for more than 2 hours on a wet track building up a good rhythm and running consistently as the quickest Pro-Am car”
Chris Froggatt | Driver #93 Sky Tempesta Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo
“What a rollercoaster! Continuously changing track conditions, finding ourselves always in uncomfortable positions – wets in the dry, slicks in the wet, managing risk, whilst constantly pushing to the limit. We were 2nd at the 6 hours, 1st at 12 hours, and lost out under the safety car and tyre choice leaving us to focus on bringing the car home in 2nd place. I am incredibly proud of the whole team and their execution of the race. Let’s get to Paul Ricard and give a final push to seal the championship”
Giancarlo Fisichella | Driver #93 Sky Tempesta Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo
“It was a fantastic result but also a tough race physically and mentally. At the start, I managed to avoid an accident but it resulted in a little bit of damage. From there on, the weather conditions were constantly changing throughout the race but we managed to achieve what we set out for – scoring points at the 6 hour, 12 hour and 24 hour marks. I think the whole team did a fantastic job, and it was a great experience racing with Sky Tempesta Racing and hopefully we will come back again next year!”
Edward Cheever | Driver #93 Sky Tempesta Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo
“I’m very happy with what we achieved this weekend. Everyone did an amazing job – the strategy, every pit stop and race pace were spot on. We are now joint leaders of the Endurance Cup championship in Pro-Am with one race left and we will trying our best to win it at the season finale.”