The Return Of The Big Marcos
Since last month’s (fairly brief) news item regarding Marc
Goossens having signed to drive Wim Noorman’s Eurotech Marcos
LM600 (with Danny van Dongen), we’ve had the launch of the
bright green GLPK Corvette C5-R (for Kumpen / Longin). With the
SRT Corvette and the former GLPK Viper in the Belcar Class 1 mix
as well, plus perhaps a little ‘needle’ as well, 2006
is certain to provide plenty of unique, Belcar action at the front
of the field – as well as the middle and the back.
Marcos LM600s (and Cor Euser’s Mantara development) have been
providing entertainment in various series for almost a decade: Americans
have swooned at the antics of the grunty, colourful beasts in FIA
GT races in the USA - and even at Daytona too. Euser was the hero
of many an FIA GT race in Europe, and has since raced in British
GTs, Euro GTs and in Spain. Calum Lockie was a British GT Champion
(partnered by Euser) in 2000 (the start at at Spa, right, with Marcos
on the front two rows) – and six years later, Goossens and
van Dongen will be out to secure another national title.
Or are ambitions set a little lower?
Joost Custers found out – from Eurotech’s
“In order to counter all speculation, the
car we will race is a freshly built Marcos LM600, in 2003 spec.,”
explains the Eurotech boss - adding that all Marcos racing cars
built since 1999 come from Eurotech.
car is almost ready and we hope to go testing soon. Marc will join
the team not only because of his speed but certainly also because
of his huge experience and the added value he offers to the team.
We’re fully aware of the distance we have to catch up compared
with the Corvette etc. But on the other hand, I think we will find
the level of the best Viper ever seen in Belcar and for example
a 2’16” at Spa should be possible.”
an impressive time at Spa….. that's Cor Euser on the left,
using all the track at Spa.
“At first, we will have to go through a development
period and the car will need further evolutions on different levels.
Right now, we have 600 bhp for approximately 1100 kg. Both the power
and aerodynamics can still be improved, resulting in a better and
faster car. Carbon brakes are not an option in the opening stages,
but I think that even now the road holding of the car can already
be compared to the Corvette. But the first half of 2006 will be
more of a development period, during which taking points is the
only ambition. Some good results are the aim by the end of the year
and 2007 will be decisive.”
“Danny Van Dongen will be all right, he spent
lots of time in the Marcos and showed speed on several occasions.
Goossens / Van Dongen will be a top driver pair. Last but not least,
we hope to get excellent tyres in order to be on a par with the
other top teams.”