EU-GT3: Marc VDS stops GT3 Mustang program

MARC VDS PUT GT3 PROGRAM ON HOLD The Marc VDS Racing Team has taken the difficult decision to put the program with the Ford Mustang in the FIA GT3 championship on hold. The team was confronted with a lot of red tape trying to solve ...

MARC VDS PUT GT3 PROGRAM ON HOLD

The Marc VDS Racing Team has taken the difficult decision to put the program with the Ford Mustang in the FIA GT3 championship on hold. The team was confronted with a lot of red tape trying to solve the homologation issues and to maintain its good relationship with the FIA it will now try to solve the matter in due time.

The Marc VDS Racing Team, this weekend in Le Castellet to participate in the FIA GT1 world championship and the FIA GT3 European championship, has taken the very difficult decision to interrupt the GT3-program with the Ford Mustang, the car driven by Eric De Doncker and Maxime Martin.

"After Jarama we had a lot of meetings and together with the FIA we came to the conclusion that there was no short-term solution for the problems with the homologation sheet", says downbeat De Doncker, not only the driver of the car, but also the man behind this project. "In this situation it is better to stop the program, to take our time to find a lasting solution. Because there are only two meetings left in 2010 after this one, it seems better to refrain from racing this season and make a come-back next year."

Let's remind ourselves that in Jarama the team took the difficult decision to keep the car in the garages, after stewards of the FIA indicated that the anti-roll bars on the car were not the same as the ones mentioned on the homologation sheet. "Amazingly, the problem became even worse when we discovered that we could not even mount the anti-roll bars mentioned on the sheet, bars produced by the constructor (Multimatic)! Not that there were any wrong intentions, this is simply caused by rushing things."

The decision was taken to send the cars back to the constructor in Canada and in the Multimatic workshop adapt the cars to the homologation sheet, something the FIA insisted on.

"We do not want to put into peril our good relationship with the FIA and SRO", team owner Marc van der Straten says. "We are not happy with this decision, far from it, but it is the right thing to do. Especially because a lasting solution for this matter will take time. But let me emphasize that we do not abandon this program! The Mustang is a car with a lot of potential and which the fans like a lot. Now we will take our time, develop the car properly and come back stronger in 2011!"

-source: marc vds

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Maxime Martin
Teams Marc VDS Racing