James Tucker – In Feisty Mood
’Mr. Belcar’ was on fine form on Tuesday afternoon, as 2004 winds its way to a conclusion – before what ought to be a very significant 2005 for the EERC.

dailysportscar.com“Contracts are in place with Belcar, we’re just waiting for the contracts to be signed with the circuits – then Belcar and Britcar will have their return trips in place for 2005.”

That will mean the Britcar event on the Brands Hatch GP circuit in early July, with the Belcar entries joining in, and a return trip to Zolder for the Britcars (15 October).

In related news, the Dutch Supercar Challenge field has been invited to join in with the Britcar 24 Hours, at Silverstone in early September 9-10-11).

Regarding the EERC’s approach to their race meetings, James Tucker explains that “we are trying very hard to look after our customers, the racers, and we’re doing everything we can to take the hostility out of their race weekends. We have to get the goodwill atmosphere back, at the circuits.

“We’re aiming for the circuits where they want to promote the sport, where you can see smiling faces, and where they allow us to promote the racing. Jonathan (Palmer) has got the right attitude developing at his tracks - although it is unfortunate that we can’t fit in dates at Croft and Thruxton, for example. We’d also like to be involved at Castle Combe: they do a very good job of getting people through the gate.”

There’s an unfortunate date clash in July, with the Britcar-Belcar event at Brands Hatch on the same day that the British GTs visit Castle Combe, “but we had our dates agreed in September,” points out James Tucker.

“We have a joint interest – with MotorSportVision – in getting people through the gates. The circuits have to survive and develop, and they have to have the money to do that.”

So there’s the target for the ERRC – bums on seats (or at least standing on the spectator banks) at Britcar’s meetings in 2005.


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