End Of February Belcar News
Last week, the first entries for the Mediagroep Van Dyck Belcar
series arrived, and as in 2005, AD Sport was among
the early entrants, with two Porsche Biturbos – writes Joost
Custers. One will be for Steegmans / Steegmans, the other for
Wauters / Wauters / Vanierschot.
earlier in the winter, Bo McCormick / Calum Lockie
are definites in the former’s Ferrari 360, in Class 2.
In Class 3,
Euroracing pair Joosen / Vroman will race a BMW
M3 and CEO-Racing has entered with a new Porsche
GT3 Supercup for Van Rossem / Van Hoepen.
CEO-Racing is the brand new name for the former
Markant Racing outfit. There is little different apart from the
name change, with Marc Claes staying on as team manager. The spearhead
of the team remains the ex-Seikel Porsche 996 GT3-R of De Laet /
Volleberg, in Class 2.
Racing transfers from the Touring Cup to Belcar, with Ronald
Vetters / Wim Jeuris driving the Porche 996 again, in Class 2, but
with a newer, water-cooled engine, delivering about 430 bhp, replacing
the old air-cooled unit.
Van Herck will be back with his Mazda RX7, and among the
winter evolutions are a new electronic system, a sequential gearbox
and a new turbo. The car now has more power, but weight is still
a problem; it’s almost impossible to get the Mazda under 1150
kg. Further aerodynamic evolutions are planned during the season.
Marcel Booten joins the team and will replace Wim Van Herck, the
father of Werner.
De Keersmaecker has finally made up his mind and he will join Guino
Kenis in the latter’s Mosler MT900R, for
the entire Belcar season. The G&A driver will combine the European
Rallycross championship with the Belcar series. The Mosler pairing
hopes to grab the title in class 2.
As the civil
engineering work at the Zolder track will last for a while, teams
are currently looking for alternative testing opportunities. Eran
Racing offers testing possibilities on the northern French
track of Croix-en-Ternois. For only €120 teams have 5 sessions
of 30’ on both the 3rd and the 17th of March. More information
or by telephone: 0032(0)472/25.69.08.
Some teams are
going ‘testing’ in the Dutch Winter Endurance Championship:
G&A for example, is still fine-tuning its BMW
130i but this work is complicated by the severe noise limitations
Motorsport is also a regular in the Winter Series. During
the last race, Bert Van Rossem overtook under yellow and instead
of the traditional stop & go penalty, the driver will have to
support the marshals’ work for an hour during the next race
weekend! David Hart received the same unconventional punishment.
the team of Jo Jamers will be present in Holland, plus four Porsche
GT3 Supercup cars, all intending to do some tyre testing. There
will be some impressive line-ups: Ian Khan / Peter Kox, Haane /
Waaijenberg, Van Rossem / Van Hoepen and Ceusters / De Laet / Lumbeek
will defend the First Motorsport colours.
Peter Van Delm has signed up with the team for a seat in the third
Porsche 996 Supercup entered in class 3. The experienced driver
is still looking for a second driver to complete the team.
Speedlover team has now changed plans for the upcoming
season. Gevers / Tavernier will drive the Porsche 997 GT3 Supercup
which Chris Mattheus will enter in the Porsche Supercup. The latter
will drive a 996 GT3 in Belcar class 3, instead of his 997 in class
2. André Van Hoof, team owner, explains that the 997, under
the current rules, will not be competitive in Belcar in class 2.
And what’s more, the team wants to save the new car for the
Supercup. Van Havermaet will drive a 993 in the Belcar Endurance
Cup. The team is still looking for a second driver in the Porsche
996 GT3 of Jurgen Van Hover.
As already known, SRT acquired a second Pratt &
Miller Corvette C5-R. The team now owns chassis numbers 5 and 7.
The number 5 was the car that won the GTS(1) class in the Le Mans
24 Hours, while the number 7 was the spare car.
Selleslagh: “It’s our aim to race the Belcar
2005 winning car (chassis number 7) in France, with Eric Cayrolle
and Thierry Soave, for the entire French FFSA-GT championship. If
we find any valuable candidates, we could rent the car for a selection
of races, for example the Zolder 24 hours, in Belcar. The chassis
number 5 on the other hand will do the full Belcar season with Hart
and Bleekemolen and a selection of races in France. This is all
because the Belcar and FFSA-GT calendars clash twice.
“Presuming that GLPK comes to Belcar with
a ‘younger’ and technically more updated Corvette, we
also decided to purchase a more recent engine, delivering more torque
and weighing less. Our car is 50 kg heavier than the GLPK one, but
we will race with bigger restrictors. I hope that Kumpen and Longin
will race in Belcar with the Corvette as this is a gain for the
championship and it’s magic.”