EU3: Racing for Belgium news 2007-05-07

Weekend with highs and lows for Racing For Belgium! Silverstone. Racing For Belgium has concluded a heavy weekend in a respectable manner. In the second race of the WTCC at Zandvoort Miguel Freitas drove to a promising sixth place...

Weekend with highs and lows for Racing For Belgium!

Silverstone. Racing For Belgium has concluded a heavy weekend in a respectable manner. In the second race of the WTCC at Zandvoort Miguel Freitas drove to a promising sixth place in the Independents Trophy and as such made up for his mistake during the first race. At Silverstone Tom Cloet and Ron Marchal improved throughout the weekend and where they only ended twentieth on the Saturday, they were within one place of the top-10 on Sunday in their Aston Martin DBRS9. However the World Series by Renault Mégane Trophy appears to be the nigger in the wood pile for the team.

Neither Carlo Van Dam, nor Michael Rossi was able to come up to expectations at the Nürburgring. Technical problems and race incidents hindered the RFB-drivers from gaining better results.

At Zandvoort RFB rounded off the maiden weekend in the WTCC with a sixth place in the Independents Trophy. Miguel Freitas with his 2004 Alfa Romeo 156 had already clinched a few points and finished off the weekend on a positive note. "We still have a lot of work to accomplish", Wim Coekelbergs admitted. "In fact for us Zandvoort was really a test weekend. With the data we have gathered we are now going to take the car in hand, and more especially the power unit which is in urgent need of an overhaul, and so we can slowly start looking to the future."

Earlier in the day Freitas went off track and as such did not score points in the first race.

The WSR Mégane Trophy at the Ring was a great disappointment for RFB. Coekelbergs: "Once more we encountered electronic problems and on top of that Carlo Van Dam was once again nudged off the track. In such conditions it is impossible to score and be happy. But I can't reproach either the team or the drivers; it is just pure tough luck."

Last but not least there was the Tourist Trophy at Silverstone. The international GT3s were up for their first race in England and Racing For Belgium together with the French Hexis made up the second Aston Martin team. Drivers on hand were the in-house driver Ron Marchal and the Belgian Tom Cloet.

"I learned a great deal this weekend", the driver from the West Flanders told us upon completing the second race. "Where the free practice sessions were pretty difficult, I felt much better after race 2. And the result was pretty reasonable also. Ron and I finally finished eleventh on Sunday, which is not bad in a field of some fifty identically powered cars." On Saturday Ron and Tom finished in twentieth place. "It was fun to measure up with the top of the international GTs", Marchal added. "Our car is constantly improving, and this should bear its fruits in the Belcar championship."

-credit: rfb

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Series Formula Renault , WTCC , Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Miguel Freitas , Tom Cloet , Carlo Va , Ron Marchal , Michael Rossi