Catsburg heads to Spa seeking repeat of 2015 victory
Nicky Catsburg is looking forward to returning to competition with ROWE Racing in the Total 24 Hours of Spa next weekend (26 – 29 July), a race where he took victory with BMW in 2015.
Following the challenge of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Nicky is seeking a strong showing at the wheel of the #99 M6 GT3 alongside Alexander Sims and Jens Klingmann at a circuit where BMW have shone over the last three years.
Nicky, tell us a little about your record around Spa and your hopes for the 24-hour race?
“Spa is a special place to me. Winning the 24 hours of Spa in 2015 was a dream and I am hoping for a repeat of that success.”
The atmosphere of the Spa 24, from the Spa parade to the huge crowds through the race itself?
“The event itself is one of my favourites. The track is awesome, the competition is awesome, and the crowds are huge. During race week we also go to downtown Spa for a parade with the race cars, the atmosphere is always great.
“It is very cool to be driving up Eau Rouge in the night and see all the party people on the left of it during one of the shows that they organise.”
What have you been up to since we last saw you at Le Mans?
“We have tested at Spa in order to prepare for the 24 hours. We spend two days trying to optimise everything to be as best prepared as possible.”
Your two teammates for the Spa 24?
“I will be driving alongside Jens Klingmann and 2016 spa 24h winner Alexander Sims. I am very happy to be sharing with these two top drivers. I have known them for a long time now and have been working with them for a while within BMW Motorsport.”
On switching from the BMW M8 GTE to the M6 GT3?
“I have to be honest to say the BMW M8 naturally suits my driving a bit better, in the M6 GT3 I find it a little bit more difficult. Historically the M6 has been good at Spa, so I am hoping to be very competitive in this ultra-competitive race.”