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ETCC: Eurosport Zolder preview

EUROSPORT SUPER RACING WEEKENDT ROUND 5 : ZOLDER (BEL), 18th/20th MAY 2001 Less than a week after the Silverstone round, the competitors will travel to the Belgian circuit of Zolder for the fifth round of the Eurosport Super Racing Weekends....

EUROSPORT SUPER RACING WEEKENDT
ROUND 5 : ZOLDER (BEL), 18th/20th MAY 2001

Less than a week after the Silverstone round, the competitors will travel to the Belgian circuit of Zolder for the fifth round of the Eurosport Super Racing Weekends. The circuit is located 75 km east of Brussels, in the province of Limburg. Inaugurated on July 19th, 1963, the circuit hosted ten Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix between 1973 and 1984.

The circuit is currently undergoing a lot of work. "They have made many improvements at Zolder since last year, mainly for security reasons", Michel Neugarten said. "The track is more technical, somewhere between Brno and Budapest. The only problem can be the wind, which can blow the sandy local soil over the track, and change the grip very quickly. You've got to be careful". Wim Daems driving the n 21 GL PK Chrysler Viper GTS-R is looking forward to the race : "Zolder is my home track and I know it well ; so it will give us a big advantage. All the other tracks have been new for us, so we hope to gain some time at Zolder. I'm really looking forward to it, although the circuit is not one of my favourites. It is too slow and technical. But as all the other tracks are new to us, and the car is new to us and the race engineers, it normally takes us a while to learn."

Among the FIA European Touring Car Championship teams, Dutch team Carly Motorsport - running three BMWs in the Super Production Championship - is based close to Zolder, and two of its drivers, Peggen Anderson and Frederic Bouvy, are really looking forward to the Belgian round : "I did not know most of the tracks we have visited so far, but I know Zolder very well," Andersson said. "I raced there many times in the European, German and Belgian Touring Car Championships, while most of the other drivers have never been there. That is why I am very confident and I want to achieve a great result." Frederic Bouvy is the only Belgian driver in the series. After his first appearance at Silverstone, where he showed his abilities at the wheel of the third Carly car, Bouvy is considered one of the favourites for his home race. "I will be aiming for the first positions, but even if I know the track, it won't be so easy," Bouvy admitted. "The level of the Championship is so good that the guys at the top are professionals and really quick. I will try to keep pace with them, but I do not want to deceive my fans. Indeed my goal is just to prove that I can be competitive in such a series, so that, together with BMW Belgium, we may plan a proper campaign for next season." <pre> GT on TV : Eurosport Super Racing Weekend Saturday, 19th May 2001 18:00 - 19:00 : Qualifying delayed Sunday, 20th May 2001 17:00 - 19:00 : Races delayed

Other races Renault Formula 2000 Eurocup FC Euro Series Demonstration Laps

Websites : http://www.fia.com http://www.gtracing.net http://www.eurostc.com http://www.circuit-zolder.be

2000 FIA GT Championship Results : GT pole : 1:34.527, J. Bailey (Lister) N-GT pole : 1:37.746, L. Riccitelli (Porsche) GT Race : Bailey/Campbell-Walter (Lister Storm) - 108 laps in 3:01.19..425 N-GT Race : Riccitelli/Willems (Porsche 996 GT3-R) - 104 laps in 3:01.52.471

SCHEDULE: (Subject to change) May 18th - 20th, 2001

Thursday,17.05 14.00 - 18.00 FIA GT Championship Pre-Scrutineering 14.00 - 18.00 Renault Formula 2000 Eurocup Pre-Scrutineering

Friday,18.05 Before 09.00 Motor silence 07.00 - 08.45 FIA GT Championship Scrutineering 07.00 - 08.00 Renault Formula 2000 Eurocup Scrutineering 08.00 - 09.30 FIA GT Championship Marking of tires 08.00 - 08.15 Renault Formula 2000 Eurocup Drivers Briefing 08.45 - 09.00 FIA GT Championship Drivers Briefing 09.05 - 09.35 Renault Formula 2000 Eurocup Free Practice 1 10.00 - 11.30 FIA GT Championship Free Practice 1 12.00-13.00 Motor silence 13.05 - 13.35 Renault Formula 2000 Eurocup Free Practice 2 14.00 - 15.30 FIA GT Championship Free Practice 2 14.00 - 18.00 FIA European Touring Car Championship Pre-Scrutineering 16.00 - 16.30 Renault Formula 2000 Eurocup Qualifying 1 17.00 - 17.15 FIA European Touring Car Championship Drivers Briefing from 18.00 Motor Silence

Saturday,19.05 Before 09.00 Motor silence 07.00 - 08.00 FIA European Touring Car Championship Scrutineering 08.00 - 09.35 FIA GT Championship Marking of tires 09.05 - 09.35 Renault Formula 2000 Eurocup Qualifying 2 09.50 - 10.35 FIA GT Championship Qualifying 1 10.55 - 11.10 FIA European Super Production Championship Free practice 1 11.25 - 11.40 FIA European Super Touring Championship Free Practice 1 11.50 - 11.55 FC Euro Series Demonstration Laps 12.00-13.00 Motor silence 13.05 - 13.35 FIA European Super Production Championship Free Practice 2 13.45 - 14.15 FIA European Super Touring Championship Free Practice 2 14.46 - 15.16 Renault Formula 2000 Eurocup RACE (15 laps) 15.25 - 15.55 FIA European Super Production Championship Qualifying 16.05 - 16.35 FIA European Super Touring Championship Qualifying 16.45 - 16.55 FIA European Touring Car Championship Press Conference 16.55 - 17.25 FIA GT Championship Qualifying Super Pole 17.30 - 17.45 FIA GT Championship Qualifying 17.50 - 18.00 FIA GT ChampionshipPress Conference from 18.00 Motor Silence

Sunday, 20.05 Before 10.00 Motor silence 10.05 - 10.20 FIA GT Championship Warm Up 10.20 - 10.35 FIA European Super Touring Championship Warm Up 10.35 - 10.50 FIA European Super Production Championship Warm Up 11.20 - 11.50 FIA European Super Touring Championship RACE 1 (12 laps) 12.30 - 15.30 FIA GT Championship RACE (120 laps) 15.50 FIA GT Championship Press conference 16.05 - 16.30 FIA European Super Touring Championship RACE 2 (12 laps) 16.55 - 17.30 FIA European Super Production Championship RACE (17 laps) 17.45 FIA European Touring Car Championship Press Conference from 18.30 Motor Silence

-FIA-

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