BTCS Report – Zolder Rounds 3 & 4, May 27-28
Frustration & Confusion
© Joost Custers
This must have
been the most confusing race weekend I’ve ever written about.
Owing to a failure in the German organizers’ timing (the ADAC
was the organizer of the weekend, the second round of the BTCS),
there are no official results of the races yet, even though the
first one was held on Saturday (!). Besides that, there was confusion
about rules, with gentlemen’s agreements about the application
of the rules not being respected. There was almost a blockade of
the grid as a result…
What happened? Well one must know that BTCS, just
like BPR in the old days, is a series where teams decide, together
with the organizers, about the rules etc. This year, they were confronted
with the first ever arrival of a factory team: Renault. Both new
Mégane Trophy cars (derived from the European Trophy cars)
that race in the BTCS are in fact not GT or Touring cars, nor Silhouettes.
Instead of the 950-kilos applied to the Silhouettes, the Renaults
must weigh 1000 kilo as they are somewhat outside of every rule
in the book. Sadly, Renault Sport went straight to the RACB (official
Automobile Club of Belgium) to change the minimum weight to 975
without consulting the other teams and PRC, the organizers behind
pressure from the other top teams, Renault had to promise (30 minutes
before the first race started) to yet again increase the weight
of the cars (a gentlemen’s agreement as they couldn’t
force them): the race started but afterwards neither of the Méganes
was up to the promised 1000 kilo. A sad story… were they ‘shakin’
their asses’ at the rest of the field? The Renaults certainly
deserve an award for the most ridiculous rear end in racing...
If there was
a winner this weekend, it was without doubt KS Motorsport. Steve
Vanbellingen and Armand Fumal won the opening rounds in Spa six
weeks ago and this weekend took fifth in the first race and victory
in second. KS is now firmly leading the series.
Renault, if anyone is interested, was second in the first race and
third in the second.
This is the
Slaus / Lupant BMW Silhouette, second in the second race.
The 12 hours
of Spa will take place in two weeks’ time (with double points),
and I sincerely hope to bring you nothing but good BTCS news.
1. (#1) Motorsport International – Jaguar X-Type Silhouette
– 54 ronden
2. (#72) Delahaye Racing – Renault Mégane Silhouette
3. (#2) Euromaster Racing – BMW Silhouette
4. (#5) Motorsport International – Jaguar X-Type Silhouette
5. (#21) KS Motorsport – BMW Silhouette
6. (#27) Monroe Racing/BPO – Ferrari 360 Modena (1st in GT)
1. (#21) KS Motorsport – BMW Silhouette
2. (#2) Euromaster Racing – BMW Silhouette
3. (#72) Delahaye Racing – Renault Mégane Silhouette
4. (#3) Belgian Audi Club – Audi Silhouette
5. (#80) CEO Racing – Porsche 996 GT3 Cup (1st in GT)