Rhino’s GT Report – Zolder, July 8-9
With a victory and a second place at the Zolder Super Prix last
weekend, Robert Wallenborn in his GT2 Porsche consolidated his position
at the head of the leaderboard for the rhino's GT Series.
in his Audi TT-R was the first winner of the rhino's weekend in
Belgium, leaving the field behind from the start. Wallenborn lost
turbo pressure initially, and the Audi was ahead from the lights.
Pierre von Mentlen
was out of luck in his 'V8SuperStar’, which had diff. trouble
- "I am getting sick of this messing about. There is almost
no race without trouble" – while Kurt Thim in the other
V8Star was in other driveline difficulties, a broken driveshaft
putting him out.
won the EGT2 Class in his Porsche GT3-RS, while Jeroen van den Heuvel
finished third in his Marcos, after starting from the pit lane.
Cor Euser and Gose Castro retired in Euser’s Marcos, while
Xero Competition, making its first appearance, anywhere, this year,
initially had a fraught time with the big Corvette.
testing, and a car laid up for eight months, resulted in an ECU
problem as soon as the Corvette took to the track for practice.
A loaned ECU fixed it though, the C5-R starting three minutes after
the rest – and then suffering a debris-induced puncture. Race
2 would produce a rather more satisfactory outcome for Ricky Cole
/ Peter Le Bas.
got it right for the second start, and led to the finish. Chaouki
Chikhani in his GT2 Porsche tried to pass him a couple of times
at the beginning of the race, but had to retire – so the Xero
Corvette came through to second place, despite running restrictors,
against unrestricted opposition.. and starting from the pit lane.
Kurt Thim was the EGT2
class winner, in the V8Star.
Aidan Cole sums up the rhino’s Series, on first acquaintance,
with these words:
“I’m not normally one to get too enthusiastic about
one hour sprint races, but I must say that I feel that the organizer
of this series offers an outstanding formula for people wanting
to race big GT cars. They only started work on running this year’s
series last February, which seems to be the primary reason for the
relatively small grid numbers, but they have big plans to make it
even better next year now that they have a good solid base upon
which to build. The series also boasts extended coverage on Motors-TV
as well as a number of other domestic / national, European, and
international channels. The rules platform is clear and flexible
allowing an attractively cost effective means of running these types
of race-car. The entry fees (at 750 Euros for two races) are clearly
subsidized by their series sponsors, and their calendar offers a
splendid variety of first-class European circuits. All this added
to what must certainly be the very best of any hospitality facility
anywhere in the world included within the race-entry fee, with first
class and friendly organization. It all makes for one of the best
weekends of racing I have ever had the privilege to join.”
The next event
is at the Lausitzring, with Belcar, on July 22-23.