Silverstone: Marc VDS preview

The Mustang of the Marc VDS Racing Team together with the Ford GT in Silverstone Next weekend, Silverstone is host to the second round of the FIA GT1 World Championship. It gives the Ford GT of the Marc VDS Racing Team, in the hands of ...

The Mustang of the Marc VDS Racing Team together with the Ford GT in Silverstone

Next weekend, Silverstone is host to the second round of the FIA GT1 World Championship. It gives the Ford GT of the Marc VDS Racing Team, in the hands of Leinders-Martin and Palttala-Kuppens, the chance to erase the bad memories of Abu Dhabi. For Eric De Doncker and his growling Mustang, it's the start of the GT3 European Championship.

Two weeks after the opening round in Abu Dhabi, but only one week after the return of the cars in Europe, the FIA GT1 visits the track of Silverstone. For the organisers, the presence of this prestigious championship is an excellent opportunity to inaugurate the new portion of the famous British track.

"Everybody worked very hard to be ready in time. That Icelandic volcano and its influence on European air flights not only raised our budget quite a bit - because we had to book extra nights and different return flights for the whole team - but it also made us run in all directions these last couple of days", team manager Jean-Michel Delporte states.

But nevertheless the technicians of the Marc VDS Racing Team managed to improve the cars by studying the data gathered during the races in Abu Dhabi. "We looked closely at the data and managed to adapt the set-up quite a bit", said engineer Eduardo Giminez, who is also happy that the clutch problem that hit the Palttala-Kuppens car is now resolved. "The part was not mounted properly, but that is now fully fixed."

According to Bas Leinders the new Silverstone lay-out should suit the Ford GT, which should make it possible to finish inside the points.

Start of the GT3 championship

The FIA GT3 European Championship has its maiden 2010 race in Silverstone this weekend. Among the entries, the impressive Mustang driven by Eric De Doncker. "I am still amazed when I look at this machine. After all, it was built only a couple of months ago", De Doncker says. "This car is completely different from all the other Mustangs that I have driven. And I have driven this one quite a lot already, since I did the development almost completely on my own, with testing sessions in Pembrey, Snetterton, Dijon and Magny Cours..."

"But there is still a lot to do, the car still needs some tweaking", Eduardo Giminez adds. "After testing in Dijon and Magny-Cours a 'balance of performance' was imposed, so we have to continue working hard. This is only the beginning..."

-source: marc vds

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Bas Leinders
Teams Marc VDS Racing