Marc VDS Racing Team in Budapest with Bas Leinders and Renaud Kuppens The exhausting Spa 24 Hours were followed by a five weeks' summer break, but now the drivers of the FIA GT championship are ready for their next challenge, this weekend ...
Marc VDS Racing Team in Budapest with Bas Leinders and Renaud Kuppens
The exhausting Spa 24 Hours were followed by a five weeks' summer break, but now the drivers of the FIA GT championship are ready for their next challenge, this weekend (19-30 August) on the Hungaroring in Budapest. During this fifth round of the championship Bas Leinders, Renaud Kuppens and the Marc VDS Racing Team will continue the development of their Ford GT, without thinking too much about what could have been in the Belgian Ardennes...
"It's clear that the engine failure during the early hours of the Spa 24 Hours was very hard to digest", Renaud Kuppens admits. "Such a failure is extremely rare, what makes it even harsher. Especially since our Ford GT was quite competitive during those first laps, the gap towards the Nissan was already quite considerable. But that's part of racing, I guess. Luckily everybody in the team worked hard to replace the engine, to enable us to finish the race. It was quite important for our sponsors and our guests as well that we took the chequered flag. I hope and think that this was the last of such mechanical problems this season."
The next stage of the FIA GT season will be held in the Hungarian capital. "The Hungaroring is a very technical track, but I like it that way", Bas Leinders says. "I drove there in F1 and F3000 and Renaud managed some great races there in the Megane Cup. The advantage of this type of track is there is really only one straight. Those are the bits where we lose time, which is logical, since our car has a lot less power than the GT1's of the previous generation. Still, in Oschersleben, and Spa as well, we managed to match the laptimes of some of those cars. That is very encouraging and I hope we can continue to do that."
There are no new parts expected in Budapest. "That's a good thing", Leinders states. "Now we can focus completely on the set-up of the car. We have not been able to do that yet. But we still managed to get a sixth overall in Oschersleben, and I hope we can at least repeat such a feat in Budapest."
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