Open Nissan - Zolder - Saturday Report
Wet Across NW Europe
Torrential rain at Magny-Cours (FIA GTs)today, so let’s have more
of the same at Zolder.
The first qualifying
session was wet, very wet...Marc Duez (Belmondo Viper - 1.44.281)
took over the provisional pole from Marc Goossens only a few
laps before the end. Kuismanen (Viper - 1.45.216) also went a
few hundredths quicker and took second place. Goossens, in his
GTB RTM-Porsche (1.45.239) still ended up an excellent third
followed by Dupont / Cohen in the GLPK Viper (1.45.425) and Gosselin
/ Vosse in the second Belmondo Viper (1.45.469).
quick was the Gillet Vertigo in sixth spot (1.46.392). Kenis
and Severich (G&A BMW) were 10th quickest and first in touring.
qualifying session was fairly uneventful – and still wet.
The main news was the official retirement of the #20 AD Porsche
Biturbo owing to an accident in
the first qualifying session. Tim Verbergt crashed heavily and AD are
not able to repair the car.
The top 10
remained the same:
1) #22 Belmondo-Duez
Chrysler Viper 1.44.281
2) #4 Kuismanen-Hasenbichler Chrysler Viper 1.45.216
3) #31 Goossens Penders RTM Porsche 996 GT3-RS 1.45.239 (GTB)
4) #2 Dupont-Cohen GLPK Chrysler Viper 1.45.425
5) #17 Gosselin-Vosse Chrysler Viper 1.45.469
6) #44 Ugeux-Van Vaerenbergh Gillet Vertigo 1.46.392 (GTB)
7) #1 Hart-Bouvy GLPK Porsche Biturbo 1.46.889
8) #6 Geboers-Meulders Porsche Biturbo 1.48.503
9) #57 Kenis-Severich G&A BMW GTR 1.48.681 (TA)
10) #34 Menten-Maes AD Porsche 996 GT3-RS 1.48.854 (GTB)
First in TB:
Van Delm-De keersmaecker G&A BMW 320 STW 1.53.001
Note: #20 AD
Porsche Biturbo set the eighth best time but will not start..
expected to be dry, so the starting order seems to be less
important than it might have been. This also explains the very sensible
driving in the second session.
explained that their Corvette finally had the right set-up in
the rain. They tried everything during the first session and
only managed to finish 15th on the grid. The car was much better
during the second session but the conditions prevented them from
setting a better time. On Thursday, Didier Defourny carried out
a lot of work for the team by going around Zolder and changing
the settings on
the car. The car is much better as a result, and the team is very confident
for the race.
from RTM hopes to see a dark sky and lots of water on the track. "The
Porsche," he said, "has a real chance for overall victory
if the conditions are bad, certainly at Zolder. The car has so
much torque and the balance is excellent so we might chase the
Fred Bouvy damaged the GLPK Porsche Biturbo but the car will
be fixed for tomorrow.