The Fords GT of Marc VDS Racing Team blown away in Silverstone
The brand new FIA GT1 World Championship is still lacking a right balance. This weekend in Silverstone, the Fords GT of the Marc VDS Racing Team were the victim of that situation. The cars of Leinders-Martin and Kuppens-Palttala finished in 9th and 11th respectively. Worse for the Mustang of Eric De Doncker: it was not allowed to race in the European FIA GT3 championship, due to some sinister homologation affairs.
Once they arrived in Silverstone, the members of the Marc VDS Racing Team quickly learned that the new balance of performance, which was supposed to bring the performances of the different cars closer together, was not at all working. The Aston Martin drivers were overjoyed once it became clear that their car benefited from the new rules, unlike some other cars, like the Ford. That meant that Kuppens-Palttala and Leinders-Martin finished the qualification race in 16th and 18th place. In the Championship Race on Sunday Leinders and Martin managed to climb to 9th, while their teammates finished two places down. A disappointing result, especially since the chassis of the Ford is not to blame.
Bas Leinders: "It is a promising World Championship, but it is still in its infancy. Every team suffered from the common ECU made by Magneti Marelli, imposed by the FIA, because the device does not work properly. It even puts the reliability of the car in peril, which means that we have to turn down the power. We already have one of the smallest engine blocks of the field, so we suffer from lack of couple and it's more difficult to get out of the corners. In short, the new balance of performance made up by the FIA is advantageous for some teams - like the Aston Martins, who drove in a different championship this weekend - but not for us..."
No homologation for the Mustang
The Ford Mustang of the Marc VDS Racing Team, which had to be driven by Eric De Doncker and his Canadian teammate Scott Maxwell, was supposed to start the European Championship FIA GT3 in Silverstone. But the sporting commissioners, or at least one of them, made that impossible. "Caused by an administrative detail", an angry Eric De Doncker explained. "Our homologation made it in time to the FIA, but the people there asked for some more explanations on two points. We brought those clarifications to Silverstone, but the national commissioner, who was responsible for this first meeting, refused to accept them, claiming they were entered too late. Even Stephane Ratel tried to change the situation, but to no avail. More than three months of hard work, completely blown away by one man. We will take our revenge at the next race..."
-source: macr vds