The countdown to the 24 Hours of Zolder has started Hans Van de Ven looks ahead Zolder. Now that the 24 Hours of Spa are behind us, the time has come to start the countdown to the following long distance race in Belgium, namely the 32nd...
The countdown to the 24 Hours of Zolder has started
Hans Van de Ven looks ahead
Zolder. Now that the 24 Hours of Spa are behind us, the time has come to start the countdown to the following long distance race in Belgium, namely the 32nd edition of the 24 Hours of Zolder. For this edition the doors were once again opened to all competitors, ranging from GTs through Silhouettes to Touring Cars and judging by the interest of teams from home and abroad, this mix will undoubtedly be on the starting grid. As from now it is countdown to the 24 Hours of Zolder! Hans Van de Ven, General Manager of Speedworld Promotion, who together with his partner Christian Lahaye is organising the 24 HOURS of ZOLDER, looks ahead to the race taking place in three weeks time.
"Our race will once again radiate the magic of yesteryear"
Hans Van de Ven: "Not only does the 32nd edition of the race start on 21st August, but it is also the first of a new era. We felt that the interest shown amongst the teams and drivers was big. With this edition we're starting off with cautious ambition, but in the years to come our race will undoubtedly come to radiate that magic of yesteryear. Spectators need to come on down to Zolder to enjoy the variety of cars, the sporting battles, the atmosphere both on and off the track, the parties... You can say that our race is more in line with that of the Nurburgring than that in Spa. As such we don't look upon the 24 Hours of Spa as a competitor. There where in fact the 24 Hours of Spa is a battle ground between internationally renowned teams, the 24 Hours of Zolder is and will always remain a national event. Seeing the grid in Zolder will be comprised mainly of Belgian and Dutch drivers the interest of spectators will be on the high side. On top of that the spectators who had a taste of the great atmosphere in Spa will definitely have every intention of coming on down to a race which is even more accessible."
"A sporting open battle"
Hans Van de Ven: "These last few weeks we have released news regarding the competitors and we can honestly state that we are heading towards a great field of entrants. We have powerful GTs, ranging from Dodge Viper through Mosler, Lotus and Lamborghini to Porsche, in fact in various versions. But we are also counting on three or four different teams who will be entering one or more Silhouettes, and in addition there will be a fierce battle for victory amongst the Touring cars between Seat, Renault and quite obviously BMW. We also have the latter in various versions, amongst which several highly economical diesels, which might well surprise us all. I'm not going to commit myself to the actual number of entrants, because there's no point. We are all aware that economically speaking life is not easy; however this should also improve in due course. Presently there are quite a few drivers who are weighing up all the options in order to conclude the best "value-for-money" deal. This in turn often makes it difficult for the teams to finalise their line-up. But one thing I do know is that the critics and negative minded spirits will get it wrong. So let the countdown begin right now!