Belcar - Team Qvick Zolder test report

Brake line problems, body work not fitting right,-- it was a long week for Team Qvick. Every day the work carries on till the early hours of the morning. The car must be ready for the technical inspection on Friday 19th of April. Although the car...

Brake line problems, body work not fitting right,-- it was a long week for Team Qvick. Every day the work carries on till the early hours of the morning. The car must be ready for the technical inspection on Friday 19th of April. Although the car is in a driving condition, the team decides not to show up for free practice on Thursday. Some work still needs to be done, and the team fears that curious people will hinder them. The car is taken to the Zolder circuit Thursday evening, and the work continues there. Once again, long after bed time.

Friday: The technical inspection creates no problems. During the untimed practice session, the car is already very fast. Amazing, if you take into count that the car hasn't clocked one single mile before this practice, and that Team Qvick practically build it from scratch.

Saturday morning the Dutch firm Technoflex works on the shock breaker settings. To do so, a specially equipped truck is brought to the circuit. The shock breakers are taken apart, and put back together to the team's wishes.

The first timed practice session goes smoothly, with a best time of 1min 48.942s. The straight line stability is excellent, despite the short wheelbase. The car is a little tail happy though, and the brake balance could be better. The car is worked on until the next timed practice session, a few hours later. The improved best time of 1min 47,268s, hides a little miss-content with the new settings. The behaviour of the car hasn't improved.

By tomorrow Team Qvick will have performed yet more work. With new parts and new setting they hope to shave another 3 seconds of the best time. For the moment, the Cooper S3 is in fifth place in the TB Class. Not bad at all, considering the circumstances.

Team Qvick was right not to show up for the Thursday free practice, out of fear for being hindered. Because Friday and Saturday their box was infested with curious people. Be it fans, journalists, or even competitors.

-tq-

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