Carly Motors Team ready for new ETCC season. The Dutch, Leiden based Carly Motors team is heading for a new season of European Tourincar racing in the FIA ETCC this weekend at the "Circuit the Catalunya" in Barcelona, Spain. Drivers Tom Coronel...
Carly Motors Team ready for new ETCC season.
The Dutch, Leiden based Carly Motors team is heading for a new season of European Tourincar racing in the FIA ETCC this weekend at the "Circuit the Catalunya" in Barcelona, Spain. Drivers Tom Coronel and Duncan Huisman will represent the only BMW privateer team in the field. "We are glad the winter is over"
After winning the Dutch National Championship with Duncan Huisman, and finishing a full season ETCC in 2002, the Carly Motors Team is looking forward to the upcoming season. "It was not an easy task to find the financial backup and even now we are still trying to get the funds for a full season ETCC. We entered the team as a private team. That means that besides the overall championship we also aim at the highest rankings in the privateer class; the "Michelin independents Trophy"
For both drivers, Duncan Huisman and Tom Coronel, ETCC is a common playground. Duncan finished 2nd in the championship in 2001 while In 2002 he ended up on a 9th position in only 4 races. Tom raced with Carly Motors in last year's edition at the ETCC and finished 7th on the list.
Duncan Huisman will race this season's opener in a totally new BMW 320I. The shakedown of the car took place last Monday on his home track Zandvoort, The Netherlands. "If you take into account that the new body arrived a little more than a week ago, it performed remarkably well. I didn't push the car to the limit, but I felt there is a lot of potential in it. If I have to compare it to last year's car, it feels completely different."
Tom Coronel starts his season in the 2002 version of the BMW 320i. "the 2002 car is a stable, developed and a proven to be fast car so I don't consider it a problem to start the season in a so called "outdated version" says a confident Tom who is also racing in the Japanese GT Championship this year. There is only one clashing date between the two championships, late in the season, so we decide where to race at the last possible moment, depending on the individual championship standings"
After two free practise sessions on Saturday the qualifying session had to give all the teams a clear view on their position on the grid. Tom Coronel put his BMW 320i on a fait 10th position while for Duncan the 15th place was the best he could get out of the car. "In the free practise this morning I had some oversteer so we tried to improve the setup of the car. Unfortunately it didn't work out the way we expected and in the last laps I had to lift the gas before the last two corners. But the field is extremely close. Twelve cars within 1 second is real close racing."
For Tom the qualify went better than expected. "I went out on new tyres three times and think that a 10th place is a good startingpoint to finish 8th in race 1. The first 8 positions from race one will be converted so that the 8th place is a pole position in race 2."
The European Touringcar Championship is the premier touringcar class in Europe. It visits 10 circuits in 10 different European countries. The ETCC is part of the Eurosport Super Racing Weekends and being broadcasted live all over Europe.