The GT4 European Series field went out testing at Circuit Park Zolder yesterday, 34 cars turning up for the extensive track time on offer. After a day’s worth of running (most of it in the wet), the PROsport Performance team emerged fastest.
PROsport’s Cayman PRO 4 set the fastest time, a Nico Verdonck at the wheel, setting a 1:41.997, the Belgian running fastest in the morning, and bettering his time in the afternoon when the sun came out, drying the circuit out towards the end of the day.
Behind in the combined rankings, there were four other cars which managed to lap in the 1:42s: two Phoenix Audi R8 LMS GT4s, an Allied-Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 CS MR and a 3Y Technology BMW M4 GT4.
Also fast on the day were Equipe Verschuur, which is also set to enter British GT this year, the team running with Finlay Hutchison and Ricardo van der Ende in its McLaren 570S GT4.
The Dutch team posted the fastest lap time in Session 1, but were forced to pack up early, after a loose bonnet took out the windscreen in the second session.
Phoenix and 3Y were just two of the many teams showcasing new GT4 kit at the event, which featured 10 different GT4 chassis.
There were 22 of the new-for-2018 GT4s present, including five Audi R8 LMS GT4s, nine BMW M4 GT4s, four Mercedes AMG GT4s and two V8 Racing-entered Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R.
Ginetta, McLaren, Aston Martin, KTM and Porsche were also represented in the field with older machinery.
While there were 34 at the test, DSC understands, from an SRO source, that there will be around 46 full-season cars this year; GT4 racing continuing to boom.
The teams will now continue their preparation for the opening round of the 2018 GT4 European Series, which is being held at Zolder on April 6-8.