Racing For Belgium weekend summary 2007-09-24

Eventful weekend for Racing For Belgium! FIA-GT BRNO: Racing For Belgium were unfortunately unable to be present at Brands-Hatch for the WTCC-round this weekend, but notwithstanding that it was a busy weekend for the team of Wim Coekelbergs. "We...

Eventful weekend for Racing For Belgium!

FIA-GT BRNO: Racing For Belgium were unfortunately unable to be present at Brands-Hatch for the WTCC-round this weekend, but notwithstanding that it was a busy weekend for the team of Wim Coekelbergs. "We weren't able to get the Alfa 156 prepared in time and we thought it wiser to miss out on the race", the team owner told us. "Miguel Freitas wasn't left unemployed because we decided to link him up with Ron Marchal for the FIA GT3-race in Brno this weekend. On top of that Van Dam and Rossi were hard at work with their Meganes in Magny-Cours, so it wasn't the quietest of weekends."

The GT3s were experiencing their fourth weekend of the season at Brno and as per usual the Racing For Belgium Aston Martin DBRS9 was at the start of both races. "However, the weekend didn't quite work out as we had hoped", Ron Marchal recalls. "During the free practice sessions a technical problem with one of the wheels stopped us from clocking up the necessary kilometres, and you obviously notice this during the rest of the weekend. In addition we noticed that after a good first heat, where we finished tenth, that the engine was only producing 80% power. We couldn't manage better than 25th place, and we will need to fit a new Aston engine before the upcoming Belcar race at Spa next weekend."

Ron Marchal had some additional striking news. "Indeed", the fast Dutchman continued. "On Friday the experienced sports car and GT-driver Jean-Marc Gounon carried out some comparative tests here with the GT3s and what was the outcome? The Aston is lacking a great deal of power, which was most apparent on the straight. We had been saying this for a while, but now that someone like Gounon comes to the same conclusion it might be time to do something about the ratios. Surely GT3 is all about balance of power?"

WSR: In Magny-Cours both RFBs did well in qualifying, "but it seems that good things don'tt last long in the Megane Trophy", Coekelbergs commented, looking back on the weekend. "Firstly Rossi is brutally ousted by Petiz in the first heat and Van Dam, our fast young Dutchman is removed from the results on the Sunday due to a non-conform piece directly bought from an official Renault team. We were left with two eighth places; considering the potential of these drivers this is a pretty poor result. Hopefully we'll be aiming for a far better result at Spa in jut one week's time."

The penultimate weekend of the Belgian GT championship is being held on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September. Racing For Belgium will doing its utmost to defend its place in the top-5 of the championship and at the same time score another podium.

-credit: rfb

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Series Formula V8 3.5 , Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Miguel Freitas , Ron Marchal