GS Motorsport BMW To The UK
And Other GS News
GS Motorsport, runners-up in Class 2 and 3 of the Belcar Series
this year, has sold its BMW M3 GTR V8 to British entrant Dave Skelton,
to be run in Britcar events next year.
GS has purchased two brand new Dodge Vipers to run
in the 2007 Belcar series.
The BMW has run in Belcar since 2005 and after a
difficult start in that same year, the car became very successful
this season. GS went to a new engine preparation company this year,
Van Kronenburg in Holland, after problems in 2005, and this switch
paid off (Van Kronenburg also prepares the engines of the G&A,
the team of Guino Kenis).
But there is
much more to the GS story. GS will also race a Porsche GT3 in Belcar
- but the team from Aachen is also keen on entering a GT2 car, maybe
a Porsche, in the 2007 Le Mans Series. Details should follow shortly.
Wolfgang Koepp, PR Manager of the team explains
the GS strategy: "GS will stay as a team that likes to work
with young talented drivers. Arvid Steinberg, Mario Josten and now
Kenneth Heyer (son of living legend Hans Heyer) are good, recent
examples. Mario almost won the Belcar class 2 championship - a brake
failure ruined his hopes in the closing stages of the last race
- and will probably go to the Le Mans Series, while Arvid and Kenneth
will stay in Belcar, a good championship for young endurance talent.
other hand, Georg (Severich) himself will focus more on managing
his team and will no longer compete in entire series or championships."
Longer term, the team's aim is to race at Le Mans,
but it's too early to talk details.
Kenneth Heyer, with Belcar and BTCS regulars Broodcooren
and De Coster, recently won the Zolder 10 hours in a Porsche 996,
the annual highlight of the Belcar Endurance Championship, a regional
endurance series in Belgium.
new M3 GTR owner Dave Skelton is planning “a full rebuild
over the winter – but it’s going to go like **** off
a Teflon shovel! It’s a blinding piece of kit.”
original plan was to race the BMW in Britcar events with Iain Dockerill,
“and then race our ex-Hawthorns BMW Z3 in PS1 races with my
son – but the Britcar plan to run GTs and PS1s together means
we can’t do that.”
The black BMW
Z3 will be ready for testing in December, the M3 GTR in “about
has been behind the construction and running of the unique Yamitsu
(right), which won on its Britsports debut in June - so he clearly
knows what he's doing.