Nogaro: PK Carsport race report

PK-Carsport experience another difficult weekend NOGARO. This weekend the FIA GT held its eighth round of the championship. In the shadow of the Pyrenees the fastest GT teams in Europe met up to do battle on the highly technical circuit of...

PK-Carsport experience another difficult weekend

NOGARO. This weekend the FIA GT held its eighth round of the championship. In the shadow of the Pyrenees the fastest GT teams in Europe met up to do battle on the highly technical circuit of Nogaro. At the beginning of the season PK Carsport enjoyed an excellent test session on this track and with this experience and the good results obtained over the last few weeks the team were hoping to achieve good results here. With a sixth place during the qualifying sessions everything looked fine, but unfortunately a damaged starter motor during the race threw a spanner in the works.

As per usual the teams were given two sessions of 80 minutes on Saturday to set-up their cars, prior to taking on the qualifying sessions. Anthony Kumpen and Bert Longin were on a high after the first free practice sessions in France. "Everything is going to plan, the Saleen SR7 is really fast here and I believe we can hold our own with the top runners", an optimistic Anthony Kumpen commented. "But let's wait until the qualifying sessions and see what the outcome is there."

Kumpen finally finished in sixth place after a fiercely fought session. "All the same it is a good result", Longin remarked. "Anthony was very fast in the initial faze and the gap with the pole-position wasn't that big. On top of that we have kept a few top players behind us, including the reigning champions. Further proof that the car is pretty good and that we have potential."

Unfortunately the race did not turn out as hoped for. Following a reasonable start by Kumpen the car refused to restart after the first pit stop. The Saleen's starter motor was causing problems and Longin only managed to get going again after one lap. Longin then put in a strong stint, climbing back up into the top-10, but after the second compulsory stop it was over and out for the Hasselt based team. The starter motor had finally given up the ghost

Bert Longin and Anthony Kumpen will now be concentrating on the following meeting to be held at Circuit Zolder on 18than 19th October, were both the Belgian GT and the FIA GT are on the programme

-credit: pk

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Anthony Kumpen , Bert Longin