FIA-GT and FFSA-GT! MERCHTEM. After two successful seasons in Belcar, with no less than seven victories, of which two in the 24 Hours of Zolder, Selleslagh Racing Team will no longer be competing in the Belgian GT ...
FIA-GT and FFSA-GT!
MERCHTEM. After two successful seasons in Belcar, with no less than seven victories, of which two in the 24 Hours of Zolder, Selleslagh Racing Team will no longer be competing in the Belgian GT championship this season. On the other hand they have opted once more to run in the FFSA-GT, with the Frenchmen Eric Cayrolle and Laurent Cazenave.
In addition the team is also taking on the FIA-GT challenge. As from Silverstone SRT will be competing in the FIA-GT Citation Cup, with the endurance specialist drivers Tom Cloet and the Finnish 'legend' Pertti Kuismanen. The 24 Hours of Spa, which is not on the FIA-GT Citation calendar, but on the other hand is on that of the FIA-GT has already been ticked off in the Merchtem based team's diary.
"It won't be a definite farewell to Belgium", Patrick Selleslagh remarked with a laugh in his voice just before leaving for Nogaro, where this weekend the French FFSA-GT takes off. "We will be racing at Spa, the names of the drivers to be confirmed later, and we will also be competing in the FIA-GT-race at Zolder."
The Citation Cup is a classification within the FIA-GT1 for teams that are not competing with professional drivers, in fact more like a classification for gentlemen drivers.
"Our C5-R is the perfect car for this. The Corvette is still fast, just look at the podium in China, and with good drivers you can definitely try your luck. However we shan't compete in the entire Citation Cup, seeing there are three races that clash with the French championship (Oschersleben, Adria and Nogaro), and therefore just a selection of the races. The driver duo is still not 100% certain, but I hope to be able to complete the season with Cloet", Patrick Selleslagh continues.
One of the drivers taking the start at Silverstone is Tom Cloet, defending winner of the 24 Hours of Zolder with SRT. Tom Cloet: "I'm really pleased to be racing with C5-R again. I have retained some great memories of the car and Patrick's team, and will be ambitiously leaving for Silverstone. I know the car and the track at Silverstone, where I have previously raced in the 24 Hours, and this combination should be a perfect fit."
It goes without saying that the French championship plays an important part in SRT's season. With the two friends Cayrolle and Cazenave the team can boast a homogenous duo, that as regular as clockwork will be taking hold of this strongly filled championship.
Eric Cayrolle: "It is a dream for us to be racing together. We have been friends for a long time and last season raced together at Pau, and we wanted more of that. But also being able to continue with SRT, a great team with a passion for motorsport was important for me. Laurent has already had a taste of the car's handling during the test days at Nogaro and was highly delighted. Our ambition must be regularity in order to finish high in the rankings."
Together with the start of the season this weekend at Nogaro, SRT's new website will also be going online, where you can discover all information about the team: www.selleslaghracing.com