Late February Belcar News
Owing to the civil engineering work being carried out at the Zolder
track, there’s a slight change in the testing arrangements
prior to the start of the Belcar season.
Shakedown’ on March 30 now takes place at Spa (not Zolder)
while one week later, immediately before the opening weekend of
the series; the ‘Belcar Launch’ will be held on the
new Zolder track.
returns to Belcar – with something other than the
familiar Viper (right). That car has been sold, to AD Sport,
”We’ll be on the grid with a top car
and the title is our one and only ambition,” says Anthony
Kumpen. He’ll be partnered by Bert Longin again. “We
also have a brand new sponsor for our 2006 project, but all parties
agreed on not revealing the details until our team launch on March
6. You will have to wait until March 6… but I will reveal
just one detail: it will not be the Viper again. The car has been
rebuilt after the crash during the Euphony Zolder 24 hours and has
been sold to a team active in Belcar.”
A Ferrari 550 or a Corvette then, for Kumpen / Longin?
Johan Van Loo,
who won the Philip Verellen Junior Trophy in 2005, has signed up
with GS Motorsport, the team of ‘patron’
Georg Severich. Van Loo will drive the second Porsche 996 GT3 Supercup
2005 in class 3. Neyens and Steinberg will drive the other Porsche
996 Supercup. Van Loo comes from First Motorsport where he made
his debut last year, together with Dirk van Rompuy. The team finished
third in GTB and third in the Welcome Trophy. Who will partner Johan
Van Loo within GS Motorsport in 2006 is as yet unknown.
Racing, the team managed by Fred Grönitz, is keen
to come back to Belcar in 2006. Steve Metior and Patrick Ceusters
will again race the Porsche 996 GT3-R in class 2.
Fred Grönitz: “We’re happy with
the progression of Steve and Patrick in the ex-Lamot Porsche 996.
The car is still competitive and we now have an RS-engine and RSR-suspension.
By the end of last season, we proved to be a good contender in GTB.
Patrick, together with Henk Haane, finished a good 3rd in class
in the final Belcar race of 2005. The spirit of the team for next
season is already very good. It will be the fifth season with Steve
and Patrick together and this is only possible if everything is
ok within a team. If Steve, who has a busy professional life, is
unable to race, Karl Jacobs will replace him.
“In 2006, we will also run a Porsche Biturbo
in class 1. It’s the car of Wim Meulders and a few seasons
ago, Eric Geboers managed to lap within 1 min 35 sec at Zolder with
this car; so basically, the car is very good. We are now rebuilding
the car so that it will conform to the new rules. The second driver
is still TBA.”
Racing carries on with the duo Bouillon / Tavernier but
the team recently took on a new name: McDonald’s Racing Team.
The squad will enter the Porsche 996 Biturbo again (class 1). Luc
Gabriël has also bought a Porsche GT3 Supercup to race in class
3. Philippe Leybaert, a former Clio and Yaris cup driver, could
be in line for a seat.
Toon Van De
Haterd returns to Belcar. He will enter the Marcos Mantis already
seen in 2003 in Eurotech colours. In 2003, he and Hans De Groot
finished seventh in GT and third in GTA after a consistent season.
Van De Haterd asked Autosport Centrum Schaijk (ACS),
formerly known as Promotech Motorsport, to rebuild the 5-litre V8
Ford powered Mantis. The team is still looking for a second, fast
driver, as Hans de Groot will only start in the 24 hours owing to
his business commitments. The car will, very likely, start in class
2. With a good power to weight ratio (570 bhp and 1100 kilos) this
could well be a surprise.
And last but
not least, Cor Euser plans a comeback to the Zolder
24 hours with his mighty Marcos LM 600. His plans to develop a BMW
6-series seem to be on hold, as developing the car is not so easy,
certainly as BMW Motorsport is not supporting the project. If ever
the BMW comes to track, Cor wants it to be faster than the Marcos
As already reported, Eurotech will also be running
a big Marcos, for none other than Marc Goossens and team owner Wim