Eve of The Battle Three Questions For Kurt Mollekens Kurt Mollekens, aged 31, from Belgium is facing a busy weekend at Spa! As well as competing in his home round of the FIA ETCC with BMW Team Belgium-Luxembourg, he will be part of the BMW ...
Eve of The Battle
Three Questions For Kurt Mollekens
Kurt Mollekens, aged 31, from Belgium is facing a busy weekend at Spa! As well as competing in his home round of the FIA ETCC with BMW Team Belgium-Luxembourg, he will be part of the BMW Motorsport line-up for the FIA GT 24 Hours. Mollekens has joined the FIA ETCC in Magny-Cours, at the wheel of the second car prepared by the Belgian-based Bart Mampaey's RBM, alongside Andy Priaulx's BMW Team Great Britain car.
Q: Yours was due to be a five-meeting programme, ending in Spa, your home circuit. Is this confirmed?
KM: "BMW Belgium-Luxembourg put in a significant financial effort to put this programme together. And I am very grateful. Since two years I have been saying that the FIA ETCC is the most interesting and competitive championship outside F1. And now that I had the opportunity to be part of it, I admit I'm even more impressed than I expected. This is why, rather than scraping the bottom of the barrel to find the money for Imola and Oschersleben, I prefer to start working now on a plan for a complete season in 2005."
Q: Which are your expectations for Spa, after having achieved your best result in Donington: fifth in Race 2?
KM: "So far I've been working to improve my feeling with the car and my performances in such a competitive field. But considering my progress and Andy's results in Spa last year, I'm quite confident. I hope to qualify in the top-six, within two-three tenths of Andy. If I can keep on the pace of the other BMW drivers - Andy, the Müllers, García - then I'm happy. I think even a podium in the second race is possible."
Q: This weekend will be very busy for you, with the two FIA ETCC races followed by your participation in the 24 Hours with a BMW Motorsport's M3 GTR. How do you face this double commitment?
KM: "I personally would say that my future is in the FIA Touring Car Championship. Sprint races are more important than endurance races. Therefore, my priority here is the FIA ETCC. Pedro Lamy, who has been chosen by Schnitzer to team with Priaulx, García and myself, will be in charge of setting up and qualifying the car, leaving the three of us free to concentrate on the FIA ETCC. I will switch my head to the 24 Hours on Saturday afternoon at four o'clock!"
TWO MORE TYRES MAY BE USED
From the meeting in Spa, and for the rest of the season, the FIA ETCC competitors may use two more slick tyres, which must have already been marked in a previous event.
On June 30th, the FIA World Motor Sport Council has approved the proposal presented by the FIA Touring Car Commission for the use of 12 new and 6 previously marked dry weather tyres at each race meeting. According to Art. 60 of the FIA ETCC sporting regulations, previously each competitor was only allowed to use 12 plus 4 slick tyres.