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Impressive performance in Navarra (ESP)

The final race of the Blancpain Endurance Series in Navarro (Spain) became a big success  for Brussels racing driver Nico Verdonck. Driving with new team mates – the Swiss Zoel Amberg and the Spanish Andy Soucek – he realized a great stint: started from P8 he handed the wheel to his team mate on P2, which was a great opening stint.

Free practice didn’t start well for Boutsen Ginion: the balance of the McLaren MP4-12C didn’t feel well and the team had to work hard to find the right set-up for  qualifying on Sunday morning.

Qualifying ended well: P9, best performance of the year for Boutsen-Ginion & Nico. Both new drivers were quickly integrated and the car performed well.                        
Nico: “I was surprised by the result as the car still felt nervous in high speed corners. Finally we were only 0.2 sec slower than P2. After a good debrief with our team and McLaren, we found more improvements, which looked promising for the race”.

Nico started 8th –due to a penalty of #3 MarcVDS- after the 3rd corner Nico was already 4th and continued his way up to the front. Nico was flying and passed several cars on an exceptional way, who were considered by journalists and colleagues as “world class”.  Even in the first right corner he also overtook the Reiter Lamborghini on the outside in his fight for P2.

“This was the first time this season that I had great feeling with the car during the race. My start was perfect and the rest of my stint was great, I had a great time. During this race we showed the real performance of the car, which was reliable and consistant, as a team and individually”. “After an early stop of the Hexis McLaren I handed the wheel on P1 to Amberg. Unfortunately it started raining. As my teammate Zoel had never driven a GT car in the rain with slicks, he got pushed around & dropped back to P8. Andy took over for the final stint and was ready to move back forward, but the race was ended under safety car, due to heavy rain, so we finally ended P8.

After all Boutsen Ginion and McLaren brought a competitive and reliable car, which we can consider as our best weekend of the season”.
Nico now continues to prepare 2013 season and maybe we can see him once more in action during one of the last races this year. Stay tuned!