History 201

As promised some time ago, I’ve spent a great deal of time gathering pictures, videos and literature covering the Belgian Procar series, EERC, BTCC and Britcar series.
Starting in 1997 and in 1998, the Honda Integra Type R pretty much dominated the Belgian Procar series, and was a heavyweight contender in 1999 and 2000. The fame is similar to that of Realtime Racing in the US. In fact, I believe Realtime even used some parts from a few of the teams.
Starting around July 1997, several shops (Foss-Tech, PSI Motorsports, ELR and Mardi Gras to name a few) were commissioned by Honda Motor Europe to prepare a Honda Integra type R chassis to Group N and Super Production race specifications. The intent was to shatter as many lap and endurance records as possible across several racing circuits in Europe. The idea being to generate media and spectator interest to coincide with the European launch of the DC2 Integra Type R. Ultimately several events were won and eight lap records were broken in seven different countries between six drivers; Marco Werner, James Kaye, Altfred Heger, Gabrielli Tarquini, James Thompson and Thierry Thassin.

While is this only a very small sample of what I’ve gathered, below are some videos and pictures covering races in 1998, 1999 and 2000. In particular the 24hrs of Spa for all three years.
Sadly however, I’m still trying to locate videos for 2000 and 2003, when Mark participated with my car.

1998 Belgian Procar Series – 24hr Spa Francorchamps 2x point event
(interviews and pit shots in the beginning and ITR’s racing at the 17min mark)
24h Spa 1998 – Part 1 – Day racing

1998 Belgian Procar Series – 24hr Spa Francorchamps 2x point event
(ITR’s night racing and race finish)

1998 Belgian Procar Series – 24hr Spa Francorchamps 2x point event
(Race summary/highlights)

1998 Belgian Procar Series – Ferrari Day at Spa Francorchamps
(features an interview with Marc from ELR and other Honda teams)

1998 Belgian Procar – Grand Prix des Frontières at Chimay Belgium
(street circuit)

1999 Belgium Procar Series – overview
(Driver summaries)

1999 Belgium Procar Serise – “Ferrai day” race at Spa Francorchamps
(with Stéphane De Groodt, Honda driver)
24h Spa 1998 – Part 1 – Day racing

1999 Belgian Procar Series – 24hr Spa Francorchamps 2x point event
(interviews, pit shots, day racing and into the night)

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