BTCS Rounds 1 & 2 Report, Spa – April 16
Double KS BMW
The first BTCS
race was a wet thriller, with different leaders, incidents and a
well-deserved win for KS Motorsport.
Marc Duez started
very well in the #55 Porsche 997, and overtook the leading Jaguar
on lap 2. The Audi meanwhile did not even start the season’s
opener owing to broken suspension. During the opening stages Duez
in the Porsche, both Jaguars and the Euromaster and KS BMW Silhouettes
showed what racing is about. At halfway Duez still led but both
the #1 Jaguar and the #2 Euromaster BMW dropped back after a collision.
to a flat tyre just before the one hour mark, the #55 Porsche, by
this time in the hands of Van de Wauwer, also lost some places.
Steve Van Bellingen and Armand Fumal took the lead with their KS
BMW. The former brought his car home in first position (above) after
a canny stint in very difficult conditions. Behind him the Renault
of Vosse / Bouvy and the BMW of Slaus / Lupant took the other podium
Duez and Van
de Wauwer, fourth overall, won in GT, while a superb Jason Watt
(right) came home second. He drove all by himself in a specially
adapted GRP Porsche 997.
BPO Ferrari’s 360 retired with a broken engine and a gearbox
The second race
is almost impossible to relate in a few lines.
we saw a gigantic battle – in dry conditions - between Steve
Van Bellingen in the KS BMW, Thiry and Mathieu in their Jaguar X-Type
and Hemroule in his Audi.
Vosse in the
Mégane, Lupant in the Euromaster BMW, Van de Wauwer in the
GPR Porsche and finally Hardman in another BMW were fighting their
own battle about half a minute behind the leaders. Once all the
teams changed drivers, the battle resumed. Chouvel (Jaguar) overtook
the BMW of Fumal for the lead but lost the lead after his Jaguar
With only 15
minutes to go, a typical Francorchamps shower forced the teams to
gamble. The Audi squad did the right thing by changing tyres immediately
but an engine problem put an end to victory hopes. KS Motorsport
took advantage of the troubles of the Audi and won for the second
Verbergt made it home second and rainman Duez took third, and first
in GT, with his GPR Porsche.