The start of the Spa Francorchamps Four Hour race was bought forward to 10:45 as the weather forecast for later in the day was predicting very heavy rain which, on a circuit like Spa, was potentially dangerous so a sensible decision to hold the race earlier in the day was taken. At the new start time is was raining, although not too hard, and the opening laps were held behind a Safety Car to allow the drivers to experience the track and hopefully the forty cars would help move some of the standing water. As soon as the cars got underway, on lap five, it was clear that the track was still very wet and on parts of the track the tyres were throwing up huge plumes of spray especially on the back of the track along the Kemmel Straight and Les Combes through to Blanchimont.
Norman Nato was driving the first stint in the Racing Engineering car that had qualified sixth in yesterday’s dry conditions and, as the race started after fifteen minutes behind the Safety Car, he gained a place as one of the cars ahead pitted to lie fifth. The first racing lap saw the cars lapping some thirty seconds slower than in the dry and the Racing Engineering car was still in fifth, two seconds behind the United Autosports car and one second ahead of the Dragonspeed Oreca. On lap seven Norman had caught the United car but the driver slid wide blocking Norman and he lost a place to the Dragonspeed car dropping to sixth. The Spanish car now began to struggle in the very difficult conditions and Norman lost three more places to finish lap nine in ninth. A Safety Car period began as the cars started lap ten and Racing Engineering took advantage to take a pitstop and change their Dunlop wets for a new set and Norman returned to the track in thirteenth position. Racing resumed on lap fifteen with forty-eight minutes of the race completed and Norman immediately gained a place to twelfth.