The echoes of Sergiu Nicolae’s success on his European GT racing debut at Hungaroring were enough to push another Romanian driver to commit to the GT4 European Series finale. Eduard Anton is the one who will share the Sin R1 GT4 of Sofia Car Motorsport with Sergiu in the Netherlands.
It has been little over a week since Romania climbed on the rostrum at Hungaroring following a brilliant performance by Willimsport driver Sergiu Nicolae alongside Englishman Chris Chadwick, the duo finishing runner-up in the Am category in the second race of the penultimate round of the championship. The result, a first at this level, raised many eyebrows among the group of road racing drivers in Romania and the outcome didn’t take too long to materialise.
As such, the last round of the European GT4 Championship held at Zandvoort will see two Romanians on the entry list, Eduard Anton filling in for Chris Chadwick. The youngster, already a champion of the Lupo class in the Romanian Touring Car Series in 2015, will be at his first contact with GT4 machinery, the track being a novelty for both of the drivers.
In spite of this, the speed that Anton has shown during his multiple outings aboard the Lupo, which also took him and his sister, Bianca Anton, to victory in Category 1 (Lupo class) at the second round of the ACR-sanctioned International Endurance Championship, should transpire once he comes to grips with the hugely different Sin R1 GT4.
If the Hungaroring was uncharted ground for the Sofia Car Motorsport outfit, Zandvoort is a venue that the Bulgarian team has visited before, which means the team should have a setup up their sleeves to work with. It’s also worth noting that in 2015 the Sin left Zandvoort with third place honors in Am class in one of the races.
The Anglo-Romanian pair was able to climb through the pack from their lowly grid position in Hungary but this might prove a much bigger challenge at Zandvoort. For once, the GT4 European Series is the headliner of the weekend so it will not be constrained by any TV schedules, which was the case at Hungaroring where some delays in the first Qualifying session pushed the organizers to shorten the second one. This means more laps will be put down, which is important as Zandvoort offers very few passing places, not to mention the proximity of the guardrails and the sand traps that will catch those who make the slightest of mistakes.
Overall, the risks are higher but so is the reward. We keep our fingers crossed for some clean couple of races without caution periods so that our drivers can concentrate on the steep learning curve that awaits them, enabling them to show the speed they’re capable of. Sergiu Nicolae ended every session of the previous round with the sound conviction that he could’ve done better if he had more time. As it happens, he will get another shot at it, this entry being the peak of the international career of both drivers. Pitstops.ro will join them in the Netherlands and we’ll keep you up to date with the results of this very promising duo!
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