SRT – Farewell To Belcar
It turned out to be the perfect way to end the ‘affair’: Patrick Sellelslagh’s SRT took a 1-2 at Spa last weekend, in the penultimate race of the Belcar season – and now with consecutive FFSA GT events on the next two weekends, the second one clashing with the final Belcar event on October 21-22, SRT will miss the Zolder meeting, as it concentrates on FFSA GTs, at Le Mans (this weekend) and Magny-Cours. The team will enter its two C5-Rs at both races.

“We are saying goodbye to Belcar Original on a high note, after our victories at the 24 Hours of Zolder and the Spa Racing Festival, and from now we are focusing on 2007,” says Selleslagh. “As we will remain active in GT1 in the seasons to come our future lies in the FFSA GT and no longer in the Belcar Original - hence our decision to finish off the season by competing, with our two cars, at Le Mans and also at Magny-Cours. SRT today needs to take decisive action in order to perform at a high level next season. We are fully aware of the consequences for the Belgian championship, but for our team the future lies in GT1 and as such in France or eventually in an international series such as the Le Mans Series.”

So Le Mans (the Bugatti Circuit) will see the two Ambi-Pur and Williams-liveried cars driven by Guino Kenis / Eric Cayrolle, and Romain Brandella / Thierry Stepec.

Magny-Cours will see the usual FFSA GT pairings of Bouchut / Berville and Soave / Cayrolle in the blue Corvettes.

“I absolutely want to offer Patrick a first victory in the FFSA GT,” says the combative Christophe Bouchut – a winner last weekend at Spa, with Jan Heylen.

“Even though the season has not yet come to an end, I would like to thank all drivers, colleagues, friends and fans of the SRT team for the great Belcar years,” sums up Patrick Selleslagh. “We had some enjoyable (and at times less enjoyable) moments and I’m very grateful to everyone for this. But we will still be putting in an appearance in Belgium, in 2007 - probably not in the Belcar, but who knows, we might be on the grid for the 24 Hours of Francorchamps or even the 1000 Kilometres a few weeks later on that same circuit.”

FFSA GTs looks to be the main priority next year – “the Le Mans Series is definitely the number two priority” - and Selleslagh suggests that “we might do one more season with our trusty C5-Rs, but then a C6.R could also be a possibility. We will in any case keep everyone in the picture.”

Although the cars seem likely to be blue again in the future, the end of Belcar for SRT also signals the end of the Ambi-Pur and Williams logos. “It is thanks to them that we grew and that today we have reached our objective. But today our ways part, even though they might cross again one day; today you can’t predict the future. All that there is left for me to do is to heartily thank everyone at Sara Lee and wish them every success with their sports sponsorship in the future.”

SRT / Sara Lee Successes
- 15 poles
- More than 20 podia
- 7 victories, including the Euphony 24 Hours of Zolder twice
- 1 GT(A) Title
- 1 Drivers Challenge: Marc Goossens

 

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