ProSpeed – 997 GT3-RSRs Too
October 8 and October 22 will see the last two events of the 2006
Belcar series (Spa and then Zolder), and ProSpeed Competition will
be present at both events, with both of its 996 GT3-RS/RSRs –
as Rudi Penders and Franz Lamot chase Georg Severich’s Class
2 leading BMW.
1. G Severich
/ M Josten / T Mutsch (BMW) 65 pts
2. R Penders / F Lamot (Porsche) 57 pts.
But the team
is already working towards 2007, and has worked out its strategy
for the revised regulations.
good to know that the organisers have faced reality and listened
to the competitors, and that they didn’t turn a blind eye
to the facts,” says Rudi Penders. “The big Class 1 cars
sure are spectacular but with less than a handful of them available
it made no sense to keep that class alive, not from an economic
point of view, nor from a racing point of view.
the new 2007 rules, cars complying with or comparable to the FIA
GT2 class rules will become the main attraction, with GT3-style
cars making up the second division. This should make for some seriously
spectacular races, and while both Franz and I are looking forward
to the challenge at the track, so is the team to the challenge behind
the scenes and at the workshop.
Competition will be gunning for the overall title next year rather
than just the class title, and to be able to have the best cards
in our hands we will field the new 997 RSR in next year’s
last two events of 2006, Penders promises to “take no prisoners”.
banked on the Zolder 24 Hours to reduce our deficit on the leading
BMW, something we were about to achieve according to plan until
about mid-race when our plan started to unravel. Some driveshaft
problems cost us more time than we could spare and running out of
fuel on the last lap and thus losing one more place didn’t
help us either. On top of that, our competitors had a faultless
race, scoring maximum points at the end, although we scored maximum
points after six and 12 hours, clearly demonstrating we were the
fastest Class 2 car on the track. So for the last two races there
will only one strategy which we will apply: attack!”
Nelissen Grade and Christian Kelders will be back in their RS (right)
this weekend, after an unfortunate Zolder 24 Hours in a GT3 Cup
car: they retired temn minutes into the race after an accident.
for us the main target will be to finish first and to charge second,”
Nelissen Grade said. “We surely can’t keep on being
this unlucky. We will be back in our regular RS, so with the extra
power and suspension upgrade available and a textbook race like
we had during the FIA weekend, we should have a good race.”
And then there’s
the Dubai 24 Hours: “We have entered two cars in the Dubai
24 Hours, marking ProSpeed Competition’s first international
foray,” added Rudi Penders. “Depending on how successful
we will be in the desert we will add international races and venues
to our calendar. In any case, 2007 will be a pivotal year for the
team, which will hopefully go from strength to strength.”