Conquest Racing's European Swing, Part 2: Frustrated by his finish at the Circuit of Zolder, Jan Heylen ( ...
Conquest Racing's European Swing, Part 2:
Frustrated by his finish at the Circuit of Zolder, Jan Heylen (#34 Grafiprint / Cosworth / DP01 / Bridgestone) is more determined than ever to fight for a strong finish at this week's Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix in Assen, Holland. For a second week in a row, Jan will be racing in front of his local friends and family and while for many this is added pressure, for Jan it is a rare opportunity. "I really enjoy having my family around, I don't get too many opportunities to race in front of them and they support me quite a bit. I really hope to have a stronger finish at this week's event in Assen." With his spirits high, Jan now looks to return to his earlier success at Road America and race for a top result in Assen.
So Close but Worlds Away:
Though separated by only a few hundred kilometers, TT Circuit Assen and the Circuit at Zolder are completely different tracks. Primarily known as a home to MotoGP and World Superbike events, the fourteen banked curves will be faster than the Zolder track and had been recently modified for safety reasons and to accommodate multiple types of racing. The 4.555-km circuit has been around since 1925 and undergone several modifications; in fact the only original part of the track left is finish line.
Repairing on the Road:
The Conquest Racing crew has faced some difficult challenges while on this inaugural European swing. After Friday's crash where the #34 car sustained extensive damage and then problems with the seventh gear during the race on Sunday, the crew has had to rise to the occasion and make extensive repairs without the luxury of their normal paddock trailer and equipment. Champ Car teams are only allowed to ship a certain amount of weight and bringing over extra parts can sometimes be difficult with the strict limitations. Despite this, the Conquest team has shown great resolve and been able to repair any damage that has come their way. With the few days of downtime in between the Belgium and Holland races, they have had the opportunity to prepare the car for a better result and a full day on-track beginning on Friday.
"Our weekend in Zolder definitely didn't go as well as we had hoped so we are looking forward to a better result at the upcoming Assen race," said Heylen. "After our problems we experienced during the race last Sunday, I know that the Conquest team has been working hard to get the car ready for practice and qualifying in just a few days and I'm sure that they will have it in top performance despite the short timetable. I also think that the Belgian media had a great experience with Champ Car at the Grand Prix of Belgium at Zolder and I know they will have a great time here at the Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix in Assen, Holland."