SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS – Last weekend our team was back at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps racetrack with two BMW Clubsport Trophy cars for Denys/Eyckmans (#16) and Werckx/Werckx (#36) and the Gamsiz Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 driven by Sari/Sari (#416) where we participated in 2nd round of the Belcar Endurance championship. The weekend started with pouring rain, even flooding the paddock entrance and part of our paddock in the endurance pitlane, but the race on Sunday turned out the be very hot for both our drivers and cars.
Last Friday we went to Spa with our two BMW Clubsport Trophy cars to prepare the race, as it was the first time we mounted slick tyres under our BMW Clubsport racecars. Both Pieter and Tom managed to improve their laptimes as they were guided by Gregory on a very hot Friday at Spa. And those results managed to pay off during yesterdays race.
“The objective was to score a 1-2 with both our cars in the Belcar 5 class,” explains the team-principal “Pieter and Gregory managed to show a great pace which was a lot faster than the competition in Belcar 5 ever endured. Guido and Tom already proved to be a fast strategic duo during the Spa 400 race, so we were really looking forward to score a strong result with our standard BMW Clubsport Trophy cars. Unfortunately, the Xwift Racing car of Pieter & Gregory was struck by Murphy’s law already in the early stages of the race. Tom & Guido both drove a strong race and at the end it was really close but we made it to the finishline in first place!”
Tom Werckx was driving the final stint with a comfortable lead, but had to do some fuel saving in the final stages of the race to make the strategic work of the JJ Motorsport crew come to plan. The mandatory pitstop time for the 2 obligatory pitstops in Belcar was only 1 minute, which means you have about 30-40 seconds to change driver and refuel the car. As the old saying goes, the team that spends the least time in the pitlane usually ends up winning the race. For Guido and his newphew Tom, it was their first victory together.
Hakan and Recep Sari were competing in the Belgian GT4 Endurance Trophy, which is part of the Belcar Endurance Championship. Recep took the start of the race and could match the pace of the other M4 GT4 which was also on Hankook tyres. Allthough the teams had to follow the Balance of Performance, the tyre choice was free which made that some GT4 cars were hard to follow. Recep managed to keep up with the leading group in the early stages of the race. A spin in the stint of his brother caused minor damage to the car, but resulted in losing some places in the ranking. Hakan and Recep managed to conclude the weekend as 6th in Belgian GT4 Endurance Trophy.
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