Brno: Racing For Belgium race notes

Busy times for Racing For Belgium! BRNO. The WTCC troops were in the Czech Brno for their fifth race weekend of the season. The narrow streets of Pau were being swapped for the extremely fast and natural Brno circuit, and for Racing For Belgium...

Busy times for Racing For Belgium!

BRNO. The WTCC troops were in the Czech Brno for their fifth race weekend of the season. The narrow streets of Pau were being swapped for the extremely fast and natural Brno circuit, and for Racing For Belgium this was to be another maiden race. In Brno Miguel Freitas finished in a seventh and sixth place in the Independents.

Before the weekend Racing for Belgium had fitted a new engine in the Alfa Romeo 156 of the Portuguese driver Miguel Freitas, but due to technical problems the team of Wim Coekelbergs were compelled to fall back and fit the previous specification.

Coekelbergs: "It was a difficult weekend, and I'll especially remember the initial phase of the first race. Once again Miguel proved to be an excellent driver and this is the perfect motivation to continue our work. On top of that we scored points in both races, and even though it might sound cliched, we are gaining experience. WTCC cannot be learned over just a few weekends, it demands a great deal of time."

Notwithstanding the difficulties in Brno Freitas finished twice within the points in the Independents. In the first race he ended seventh and in the afternoon he improved his result by one place by finishing in sixth.

Racing For Belgium are now facing some busy weeks ahead. The team is now leaving Brno and heading for Monza, Italy, for the third round of the FIA GT3, to be followed by the fourth round of the Mediagroep Van Dijck Belcar on Thursday 28th June.

In Monza Wim Coekelbergs and Ron Marchal will be driving the Aston Martin DBRS9 for the first time at a European level, in fact a premiere for the racing entrepreneur from Bornem. "Our Aston should be ideally suited to Monza, but I'm fully aware that I'm up against a highly competitive field. Monza will also allow me to sharpen my form with a view to the important fourth Belcar race of the season, a mere four days later at Zolder." In Monza the Belgian team will once more appear under the wings of the French Hexis, who will also be travelling on down to Italy with two Astons.

The Aston also competed in the Dutch Supercar Challenge at Spa last weekend. On the Saturday Ron Marchal narrowly missed the podium finishing in a well deserved fourth spot. The DSC is the Dutch GT and Touring car championship.

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Series WTCC
Drivers Miguel Freitas , Ron Marchal