Euro GT Prospects For 2006
Return of the Big Bangers: with 18 permanent entries for the season as of February 4, the 2006 Euro GT Series will go ahead as announced late last year. Five of the planned seven race weekends are already on the calendar, with two races per meeting:

April 16-17, Nürburgring
May 12-14, Spa (with LMS)
July 7-9, Zolder
July 21-23, EuroSpeedway Lausitz (with Belcar)
September 15-17, Dijon

The races themselves are again 40 to 45 minute sprints, with a mandatory 1 minute stop at half-distance, and no major service work allowed on the cars. The three classes of cars loosely follow the technical regulations for FIA categories GT1 to GT3, with some significant differences.

dailysportscar.comFIA homologation is not required, and EGT1 cars are allowed to run without any air restrictors – Euro GTs’ top class always used to provide some dramatic, unrestricted racers, and that feature will continue with the re-launched series. EGT2 has an engine size limit of 5000cc, and air restrictors will be in place; while EGT3 is for single make “Cup” cars prepared to the relevant regulations (those with engines over 5000cc will run in GT2).

Current entries include Gottfried Grasser (Ultima GTR), Chaouki Chikhani (Porsche 993 GT2), Rob Knook (Stealth B6), and Peter van de Kolk (Marcos LM600), along with a number of V8STAR cars entered through the initiative of EuroGT organising partner Pierre von Mentlen’s SwissRacing team. Von Mentlen himself is reportedly looking to replace the 5.7l Roush pushrod engine in his V8STAR “Volkswagen” with a substantially larger V8 unit.
Johannes Gauglica

 

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