Motorsport 98 set for GT4 European Series return with Ford Mustang
14 August 2018
Two-times GT4 champion Eric De Doncker is set to return to the category for the final GT4 European Series round at the Nürburgring (September 14-16). The Belgian driver, who won the GT4 European Cup in 2007 and 2008, will race a Ford Mustang GT4 in Germany.
De Doncker won the inaugural GT4 European Cup in 2007 with his Motorsport 98 team entered Ford Mustang FR500C GT4 as well as the second season and ten years later the 56-year-old is back with the current iteration of the Mustang.
“During the 6 Hours of Spa meeting I had the opportunity to have a chat with Larry Holt, the boss of Multimatic, Ford’s strong arm in competition," Eric De Doncker explained.
"We had namely spoken about the GT4 version of the Mustang, whose commercialisation is carried by M-Sport. With a view to offering some visibility to the model, the idea had been put forward to enter one in the GT4 European Series, via Motorsport 98."
"I came across Holt once again at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, who confirmed a definite agreement for the supply of a car, an engine and the various parts, so that this Mustang GT4 could be seen in competition in our latitudes. We received the car a few days ago, and following a quick test run on the Zolder circuit, Motorsport 98 is ready to honour its agreement which rests on the make’s direct support."
“The aim is clearly to show this car, to work out its potential and to understand how this championship, highly competitive and involving ever more young lions, has evolved," Eric De Doncker continued.
"As such I will be driving solo in the ‘Am’ category, a question of covering a maximum amount of driving. Following that weekend, which will also allow us to count on the presence of an engineer, we will decide on an eventual European programme with this car. We could take it to be a full scale test session, and it should bring back a fair amount of wonderful memories. And seeing this car is highly competitive in the USA, I can but be delighted.”