BTCS Reports – Spa, July 8
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Only a few weeks after the Spa 12 hours, the BTCS contenders were back at Spa for the sixth and seventh rounds of the BTCS championship. This fourth weekend of the year contained two one-hour sprints on Saturday, only a few hours before the start of the longest race on earth: the 25 hours Fun Cup (16.00 Saturday). With two different teams winning the races, the first ever victory of a Porsche 997 in the BTCS and close racing throughout both heats, this was a good BTCS weekend.

Pole for both races went to Bouvy and Vosse in the still controversial Renault Mégane Trophy entry. “The car was allowed in the Cup-configuration and could so run with a 3.5 litre engine, whereas all the other silhouettes run 3.2 litre engines,” complained Patrick Slaus, the championship leader (in his BMW), after qualifying.

“But since then, Renault changed a lot of details and the car is certainly no longer a cup car.”

The first race, on Saturday morning, saw a start to finish battle between the Renault Mégane, the GPR Porsche of Duez / Van de Wauwer (leading away, above) and the BMW of Slaus / Lupant. Patrick Slaus finally proved quickest and took a maiden victory for the BMW E90 Silhouette. “Our BMW got better and better throughout the race, whereas the Renault and the Porsche seemed to be quicker in the opening stages of the race. “

British driver Robbie Kerr raced a First Motorsport Porsche 996 this weekend and finished 10th in the opening race and 11th in the second: “Indeed, my Canadian team mate Sean McIntosh (right) and I (both running for KTR in Formula Renault 3.5) wanted to gather some experience here at Spa before the Formula Renault 3.5 races during the Spa 24 hours weekend. It was great fun and without the little problem with the fuel pressure in the second race, a podium in GT would have been possible,” said the man from Hinckley (Leicestershire).

The second race saw an epic battle between Marc Duez and Patrick Slaus. The very experienced endurance racers drove as if it was a Cup race and when they came in for driver changes, only half a second separated the Porsche and the BMW.

A problem with the door of the BMW brought an end to the battle and Jean-Pierre Van de Wauwer drove safely home for the first Porsche victory of the year. Lupant finished second in the black BMW and Vosse / Bouvy were third.

Steve Vanbellingen and Armand Fumal, who won three out of four of the opening races, lost all championship hopes when oil pump belt broke in race one. “As this may have effected the engine, we will not start in race two,” explained a very disappointed Vanbellingen. Disappointments also in the Jaguar clan with a double retirement in race two.

Lupant and Slaus are still leading the championship, with the Renault and the Porsche right behind them.

Race 1 Result (top 20)
1 2 T6 LUPANT Marc / SLAUS Patrick B / B BMW Silhouette 1:01:59.501 24 162,045 2:29.984 167,442
2 72 T6 VOSSE Vincent / BOUVY Frédéric B / B Renault Megane Silho 1:02:00.889 24 0:01.388 161,985 2:29.972 167,455
3 55 GT2 VAN DE WAUWER Jean-P / DUEZ Marc B / MC Porsche 997 1:02:18.126 24 0:18.625 161,238 2:31.043 166,268
4 5 T6 MATHIEU Pascal / DERMONT David B / MC Jaguar Xtype Silhoue 1:02:45.902 24 0:46.401 160,048 2:33.211 163,915
5 1 T6 THIRY Jérome / DEMAN Loïc B / B Jaguar Xtype Silhoue 1:03:00.418 24 1:00.917 159,434 2:31.889 165,342
6 71 T6 LEMERET Stéphane / LOIX David B / B Renault Megane Silho 1:04:14.676 24 2:15.175 156,362 2:34.403 162,650
7 43 GT2 WATT Jason / VANDERCAM Lionel UK / B Porsche 997 1:04:35.964 24 2:36.463 155,504 2:34.219 162,844
8 22 T6 MOONENS Werner / REDANT Bert B / B BMW M3 1:02:13.095 23 1 L 154,728 2:34.927 162,100
9 27 GT2 MOURY Jonathan / JONCKHEER Frédérique B / B Ferrari Modena 360 1:02:15.231 23 0:02.136 154,639 2:35.816 161,175
10 153 GT2 MCINTOSH Sean / KERR Robbie CN / GB Porsche 996 1:03:46.401 23 1:33.306 150,955 2:37.146 159,811
11 80 GT2 VAN ROSSEM Bert / DE LAET Danny / MAES Ruben B / B / B Porsche GT3 Cup 1:04:16.229 23 2:03.134 149,787 2:32.631 164,538
12 63 T5 DE COSTER Michel / BROODCOOREN Philippe B / B BMW M3 1:02:42.529 22 2 L 146,843 2:44.281 152,870
13 57 T6 DESBRUERES Catherine / DESBRUERES Daniel / DE SORDI Loris F / F / B Opel Astra Silhouett 1:03:17.509 22 0:34.980 145,490 2:42.243 154,790
14 147 T3 BROUWERS Eric / MOSSELMANS Olivier / VERBIST François B / B / B ALFA 147 GTA 1:04:15.799 22 1:33.270 143,290 2:48.779 148,796
15 206 T3 CULOT Laurent / BELTOISE Julien B / F Peugeot 206 RC 1:04:48.166 22 2:05.637 142,098 2:51.392 146,527
16 70 T3 BROUWERS Fabrice / ROSOUX Pierre-Yves / DE WILDE Olivier B / B / B Renault Clio 1:04:49.043 22 2:06.514 142,066 2:50.701 147,120
17 90 T5 SLUYS Ward / HOPCHET Ivan / VANZEEBROECK Johnny B / B / B Seat Leon Cupra T 1:02:07.952 21 3 L 141,468 2:46.336 150,981
18 29 T5 DETAILLE Jean-Marie / PETROONS Olivier B / B BMW M3 1:02:08.206 21 0:00.254 141,458 2:50.835 147,005
19 74 T4 VAN RIEL Philippe / ADRIAENSSENS Jimmy B / B VW Golf IV 1:02:17.316 21 0:09.364 141,113 2:51.288 146,616
20 78 T3 PESTIAUX Dominique B Renault Clio 1:02:38.145 21 0:30.193 140,331 2:52.647 145,462

Race 2 Result
1 55 GT2 VAN DE WAUWER Jean-P / DUEZ Marc B / MC Porsche 997 1:02:27.033 24 160,854 2:31.142 166,159
2 2 T6 LUPANT Marc / SLAUS Patrick B / B BMW Silhouette 1:02:55.437 24 0:28.404 159,644 2:30.638 166,715
3 72 T6 VOSSE Vincent / BOUVY Frédéric B / B Renault Megane Silho 1:03:40.424 24 1:13.391 157,764 2:33.037 164,101
4 22 T6 MOONENS Werner / REDANT Bert B / B BMW M3 1:05:01.260 24 2:34.227 154,495 2:36.870 160,092
5 27 GT2 MOURY Jonathan / JONCKHEER Frédérique B / B Ferrari Modena 360 1:02:29.056 23 1 L 154,069 2:36.887 160,074
6 80 GT2 VAN ROSSEM Bert / DE LAET Danny / MAES Ruben B / B / B Porsche GT3 Cup 1:03:04.975 23 0:35.919 152,607 2:38.386 158,559
7 61 GT2 CRACCO Philip / MAVIO Joster B / D Porsche 996 Cup 1:03:30.325 23 1:01.269 151,591 2:37.794 159,154
8 71 T6 LEMERET Stéphane / LOIX David B / B Renault Megane Silho 1:03:30.578 23 1:01.522 151,581 2:34.958 162,067
9 28 GT2 LAURENT Richard F Ferrari Modena 360 1:04:33.134 23 2:04.078 149,133 2:40.437 156,532
10 57 T6 DESBRUERES Catherine / DESBRUERES Daniel / DE SORDI Loris F / F / B Opel Astra Silhouett 1:02:40.186 22 2 L 146,934 2:39.968 156,991
11 153 GT2 MCINTOSH Sean / KERR Robbie CN / GB Porsche 996 1:02:47.978 22 0:07.792 146,630 2:35.289 161,722
12 29 T5 DETAILLE Jean-Marie / PETROONS Olivier B / B BMW M3 1:03:40.205 22 1:00.019 144,626 2:48.780 148,795
13 206 T3 CULOT Laurent / BELTOISE Julien B / F Peugeot 206 RC 1:04:55.016 22 2:14.830 141,848 2:51.754 146,218
14 147 T3 BROUWERS Eric / MOSSELMANS Olivier / VERBIST François B / B / B ALFA 147 GTA 1:05:02.792 22 2:22.606 141,565 2:48.391 149,139
15 41 T3 STERCKX Christian B Renault Clio 1:05:44.736 22 3:04.550 140,060 2:49.296 148,341
16 78 T3 PESTIAUX Dominique B Renault Clio 1:06:08.957 22 3:28.771 139,205 2:52.854 145,288
17 70 T3 BROUWERS Fabrice / ROSOUX Pierre-Yves / DE WILDE Olivier B / B / B Renault Clio 1:01:54.923 21 3 L 141,964 2:49.915 147,801
18 39 T3 VAN PAMEL Olivier / JONCKHEER Frédérique B / B Renault Clio 16V 1:01:55.026 21 0:00.103 141,960 2:51.222 146,673
19 73 T3 DE LANNOY Ronny / ADRIAENSSENS Herman B / B VW Golf IV 1:02:43.791 21 0:48.868 140,121 2:53.726 144,559
20 87 T3 BADER Alain B Renault Clio 1:02:56.801 21 1:01.878 139,638 2:54.407 143,994

 

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