Not Luke Hines but Dutchman Carlo van Dam will be joining Ferdinando Monfardini and the Van der Zwaan brothers in the Full Speed Racing Saleen S7R in this weekend’s 61st Total 24 Hours of Spa.
Van Dam completed the deal with the Full Speed Racing Team last Thursday in Vienna, Austria and is looking forward to his debut in the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. Until last month Van Dam, the reigning Japanese F3 champion, raced in the F3 Euroseries for Kolles & Heinz Union, but after the cooperation was ended Van Dam had been looking for a seat and admitted he had received several offers.
“The request to race at Spa with the Saleen immediately appealed to me. It is a serious car and a beautiful, important race”, says Van Dam. “It is also a great follow-up on the GT experience I gathered with Toyota and Subaru in Japan and my participation with Volkswagen in the 24 hour race at the Nürburgring earlier this year.”
As said before Carlo van Dam will be joining Ferdinando Monfardini and Rob and Arjan van der Zwaan. Carlo was very happy on having them as team mates: “They all have experience in GT1, so that’s very nice. For me personally it is a matter of finding the right rhythm in the team and and in the car as soon as possible.”
“It is a 24 hours race, so this means you have to give everything and can’t expect anything. I am happy to be part of it and am looking forward to my first introduction with the race, the team and the car.”
The addition of Carlo van Dam to the squad also means that from the six drivers that were confirmed at Full Speed Racing this year only Ferdinando Monfardini is still with the team. Lémeret has joined Vitaphone for the Spa 24 Hours, while Michael Orts, Luke Hines and Johnny Mowlem have been left without a seat. Emerson Newton-John never even managed to get into the car during a race.