18/06/2010 Maxime Martin to Drive Marc VDS Mustang in Spain (FIA GT3 Website)
The magnificent Mustang of the Marc VDS Racing Team will participate in the third round of the FIA GT3 Championship,to be held this weekend in Jarama, Spain. For the first time this season Eric De Doncker will share driving duties with Maxime Martin.
He is only just recovered from the emotions of Le Mans, but Eric De Doncker travelled towards Madrid this Thursday, to prepare for the third round of the FIA GT3 Championship. "It's a track I know quite well, for I have raced there with bikes and cars. However, my last race on the Spanish track, a touring car event, dates back to 1995... Time flies...", De Doncker recollects.
After the race in Brno, the team stayed in the Czech Republic to perform some interesting tests, tests which were confirmed a few days later in Spa. "Maxime Martin helped us quite a lot and we made a lot of progress. We even set times that would have put us on the front five rows of the grid", De Doncker continues. "But he also confirmed that there was something wrong with the brakes. Back in Spa two engineers of Bosch tackled the problem and recalibrated the ABS. The difference is huge!"
So there is progress at last... "Don't forget that this is a brand new car, at the start of its development, so it is logical that there are some teething problems", Marc van der Straten adds. "But listening to Eric and Maxime, I am not worried. This car has an enormous potential."
One of the important targets of the season is edging closer at well. Just over a month before the Spa 24 Hours the Marc VDS Racing Team confirmed its entry of two Mustangs in the Belgian endurance race. "In Jarama I share the car with Maxime, but once the second car is ready Scott Maxwell will rejoin the team", Eric De Doncker confirms. "I hope that will be at the races in Paul Ricard in two weeks' time. If not, we will certainly be there at the Test Day for the Spa 24 Hours, on July 7th. I now hope that the recent developments will be translated into results, beginning in Jarama this weekend."