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Zolder Saturday Notebook

Vincent Wouters’ Friday notebook for the Blancpain Sprint Series…

Photo: Vincent Wouters

Photo: Vincent Wouters

***Tensions ran high in the paddock following a controversial incident between Cacà Bueno’s Team Brasil BMW and Maxi Buhk’s HTP Motorsport Mercedes. Contact between both cars in the final corner of the last lap meant the Brazilian BMW Z4 ended up in the gravel trap. Afterwards, team chef Washington Bezerra went on to grab Buhk by his throat when he returned from the parc fermé. Stewards investigated both incidents, but decided not to take any further action.

***Aston Martin Racing is planning to expand its factory GT3 program in 2015. John Gaw told Sportscar365 AMR is targeting a full-season Blancpain Sprint Series entry in 2015. As is the case with Beechdean’s mini season ending program in Zolder and Baku, it would probably involve a partner team.

***Zolder marks the final outing of Roman Rusinov in the Blancpain Sprint Series this season. The Russian driver already faced several clashes with his WEC LMP2 program this season and will also miss Baku World Challenge in two weeks time. His seat in the Reiter Engineering run G-Drive Racing Lamborghini will not be taken by another driver, meaning the No. 3 car and Reiter Engineering won’t make the trip to Azerbaijan.

***The track layout of the street circuit for the Baku World Challenge will be shortened considerably. The entire loop (two wide straights and a hairpin) on the other side of the Baku bay will be cut out by a hairpin that exits near pit entry. Check out last year’s tack layout here.

***Ricardo and Rodrigo Sperafico will drive the No. 0 BMW Sports Trophy Team Brazil BMW Z4 for the final round of the Blancpain Sprint Series in Baku. Series regulars Cacà Bueno and Sergio Jimenez are absent because of their obligations in the Brazilian Stock Car Championship. In the No. 30 sister car, Nelson Piquet jr. will be replaced by Miguel Paludo.

***Be sure to download the official SRO Spotter Guide, which features all 25 starters. Click here to download.

Vincent Wouters (@VinceWouters) is a Belgium-based sports car racing reporter, providing coverage primarily of the Blancpain GT Series.

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