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EU-GT4: Series Nurburgring preview

Summer ends and GT4 European Cup starts second half of the season in the Eifel Welcome again to the GT4 European Cup. After a summer break of almost two months, with the 24 Hours of Spa in the middle, the championship that assures spectacular ...

Summer ends and GT4 European Cup starts second half of the season in the Eifel

Welcome again to the GT4 European Cup. After a summer break of almost two months, with the 24 Hours of Spa in the middle, the championship that assures spectacular racing with exclusive brands, is back. In Paul Ricard at the beginning of July, we lived the third meeting of the exciting 2010 GT4 European Cup and some 8 weeks later we are heading to the German Eifel were round 7 and 8 of the 12-round season will take place. The German rounds of the GT4 European Cup will be different from the other races, as we are very pleased to welcome the HTC Dutch GT4 Championship to join us. After the race in Germany, the GT4 European Cup will travel on to Portimao and Magny Cours for the remaining rounds of the season.

Catching up

So where were we? Alessandro Pier Guidi won the two French rounds at the beautiful track of Paul Ricard, but the Italian Maserati driver will not be at the Nurburgring. Meanwhile Paul Meijer and Michael Mallock are number one and two in the championship standings, after winning English and Belgian rounds of the GT4 European Cup and no one will be surprised to see both Aston Martin drivers fighting for victory in Germany as well. Every point will be important for them in the final title chase. Meijer is now leading Mallock by 14 units with still 60 points to be earned.

But they will not be alone...

Both AUH Racing and Mathol Racing enter Aston Martin GT4 as well. The German Mathol Racing team already showed up at Spa with one car, but on home soil, we will see three red and white Aston Martin GT4.

There is of course much more than Aston Martin in the GT4 European Cup. The IMS Ginetta G50 showed good pace at Paul Ricard and will be a serious contender again in Germany. The British make will also get a second representative as Team LNT enters a Ginetta G50 as well.

Nissan is of course also heading to Germany and RJN Motorsport is very pleased to have Rob Barff join their driver line up for the European GT4 Cup at the Nurburgring. Rob was a judge and driver trainer in the Nissan Playstation GT Academy finals at Silverstone in February and will join the winner of this competition Jordan Tresson in RJN's Nissan 370Z GT4 Version NISMO race car No.2 with Alex Buncombe to share car No. 1 with Lucas Ordonez.

DVB Racing is convinced that they have a chance to finish on the podium again. The Belgian BMW M3 team scored a fine third in Silverstone and a second place in Spa and with an M3 in good shape, we might see the car at front again.

The two StarCars Porsche Cayman and the Lotus Evora will also be on the starting grid in the green surrounding in Germany. In the GT4 SuperSport category regulars Gianni Giudici and Athanasios Ladas will get competition from some more Lotus 2Eleven and KTM. Dutchman Kevin Veltman is probably the most well known name in the field.

Welcome Dutch Friends!

The GT4 European Cup will not be alone at the Nurburgring. The HTC Dutch GT4 Championship will join the ranks. After an exceptional confrontation in 2009 competitors from the GT4 European Cup and the HTC Dutch GT4 Championship will once again be crossing swords. Whereas last year the two series had a staggered start procedure, this time around all cars will be battling it out for the same victory. It will be a fierce fight seeing everyone will want to travel home clutching the trophy of the best GT4 driver in Europe. In the HTC Dutch GT4 Championship Duncan Huisman is presently the championship leader as he heads off to the Eifel. Huisman with his Ekris BMW M3 GT4 presently has a very slim one point lead. Phil Bastiaans (Porsche 997 GT4) is in second place followed by the yellow Datahouse Corvette C6 of Henry Zumbrink. In the Dutch championship they apply a success weight, which means that after two races on the Nurburgring the standings could well be entirely different. Huisman's BMW which he shares with his team mate Ricardo van der Ende will be carrying an additional forty kilos of ballast.

-source: eu-gt4

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Series GT
Drivers Ricardo van der Ende , Rob Barff , Duncan Huisman , Gianni Giudici , Michael Mallock , Alessandro Pier Guidi , Lucas Ordonez , Henry Zumbrink , Phil Bastiaans , Athanasios Ladas
Teams Team LNT