SRT: FIA Test Day 'Raining for Belgium'
SRT completes a problem free test day
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS. SRT, who will competing in the Total 24 Hours of Spa on 28th and 29th with the support of Champ Car, Gordon, DHL and Castalia Springs completed the traditional FIA GT test day at Spa today. This edition of the test day will no doubt go down in the annals due to the highly precarious weather. For the teams it was almost impossible to work an ideal set-up as the result of ever changing climatic conditions. "This was not something I would have wished for", Patrick Sellelsagh told us between various downpours. "Working under these conditions is not only difficult for us, but for the new drivers it's definitely not the ideal way in which to get to know the car. Having said that, Damien and Steve were both perfect. Marc and Maxime obviously already know the Corvette, but even so for them every extra kilometre is worth having."
"What Patrick has just said is entirely correct" Steve Vanbellingen added. "I find the car to be great, but these conditions are definitely not ideal. This American is really a fantastic car. I really felt at ease behind the wheel, even after just a few meters. I'm pleased that Champ Car and DHL have made this story come true and the more the race draws closer the more I'm looking forward to it."
The reason for holding a test day is obviously to prepare the car as best as possible before the start of the race week and it was Marc Duez who for a major part worked on the tuning. Marc Duez: "I'm probably being repetitive, but the weather was against us. The basic set-up is very good and today I was hoping to have carried out the fine tuning. Dark grey clouds, lots of water everywhere and a few red flags didn't allow it to happen. We'll have to check a few things out during the free practice sessions before the race, but all in all this C5-R is really quite ready to race."
SRT is now travelling up to the workshops in Merchtem to restore the C5-R to its 'French livery'. The fourth meeting of the FFSA-GT Championship is being held at Val de Vienne this weekend, and Eric Cayrolle and Laurent Cazenave have been given the assignment to defend their fifth place in the championship. "We're only a mere fifteen points down on the team in third place and we have every chance of finishing high up", Patrick Selleslagh comments, looking ahead. "But more than anything I want to experience another weekend just like all the others have been this season; consistent driving without taking unnecessary risks and scoring well."