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Le Mans Series 2006
Round 2. Spa 1000 Kilometers. May 12-14th 2006

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This gallery contains images from Round Two of the 2006 Le Mans Series, held around the fabulous Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium over the weekend of May 12th-14th 2006.

As he had in Istanbul, Thomas Erdos set LMP2 pole for RML in the #25 MG Lola EX264 -this time by almost a second and a half. After a brilliant start, which saw the Brazilian through to second overall, the race was stopped as a result of a serious accident. It was an hour before racing proper resumed, by which time the track had dried. The initial tyre choice was less well-suited to the new conditions and Tommy was unable to fend off the advances from several of the faster LMP1 cars, but a puncture 20 minutes before his sceduled stop had him limping carefully back to the pits for a new set. These transformed the car's pace, but the slow in-lap had cost almost five minutes and several places. Erdos fought back to tenth overall, third in LMP2, before handing over to Mike Newton. The MG's revival continued, with Mike battling through to fourth overall, second in class. Towards the end of Mike's second stint the recovering LMP1 Zytek took back one position overall, but Erdos, driving to the flag, was able to close on the LMP2 class leader, taking the chequered flag less than half a lap behind. The result moves Newton and Erdos into second place in the championship.

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Thomas Erdos through Les Combes in Friday's first Free Practice.

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Photograph: Marcus Potts

Mike Newton later in the same session through the first part of the complex.

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Photograph: Marcus Potts

Mike negotiates the famous Spa "Bus Stop" during Free Practice 2.

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Photograph: Marcus Potts

The left-hander into the Bus Stop caught out many drivers - not this one!

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Photograph: Marcus Potts

Thomas Erdos at speed through the Bus Stop during Free Practice 2.

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Photograph: Marcus Potts

The MG EX264 clips the kerbs on the entrance to the Bus Stop.

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Photograph: Marcus Potts

Mike Newton set his fastest-ever lap of the Spa circuit on Friday afternoon.

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Photograph: Marcus Potts

Early in the race, Erdos lead LMP1 and diced with the leaders.

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Photograph: Marcus Potts

With new tyres, the RML MG becomes one of the fatest cars on track.

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Photograph: Marcus Potts

Thomas Erdos moved into second overall at the start of the race.

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Photograph: David Lord

A right-rear puncture meant a long, slow lap back to the pits.

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Photograph: David Lord

Mike Newton continued the car's recovery, moving up several places.

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Photograph: David Lord

The background a blur as Mike Newton continues apace.

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Photograph: David Lord

Thomas Erdos aboard the RML MG Lola EX264, en route to second in class.

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Photograph: David Lord

A sunny Friday contrasted with a dull race-day, but allowed for great pictures.

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Photograph: John Brooks

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