Rising-talent Thijmen Nabuurs will join V8 Racing on board of of the thundering Chevrolet Camaro GT4- R’s for the upcoming GT4 European Series season. The 23-year-old Dutchman finished second in the 2019 Supercar Challenge and, together with teammate Jop Rappange is aiming for success in his debut season.
The move into the GT4 European Series is a logical one for Nabuurs. “I started racing just under two years ago and from the outset I imagined myself moving up from national racing into the European GT4 scene. There are so many examples of drivers who have succeeded in this championship and built a professional career in motorsport.” The choice of team was equally clear for Nabuurs. “ V8 Racing has had an incredible amount of success in GT racing and particularly in the GT4 category. We gelled well from the outset and with the people involved and the facilities the team has, it is no wonder that the Camaro GT4.R is turned out so well.
Thanks to the effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic, the first track time on board of the Camaro GT4.R came later than expected but with a couple of productive test days under his belt Thijmen Nabuurs is growing increasingly comfortable with a car that has surprised him from the outset. “If you see the Camaro for the first time you are tempted to think, yeah it’s a real American Muscle Car with lots of power but a handful through corners.” Nothing proved further from the truth though: “I was surprised by the handling of the Camaro GT4.R. Yes there is a lot of power but it is the grip through corners that turns this car into such a quick machine.”
This translates into a growing optimism for the upcoming season. “Both Jop and myself are two young guys with relatively little experience with only one full racing season to my name. Still, I believe that with this driver line-up and this car we can surprise a few people and aim high.”
V8 Racing team owner Rick Abresch shares the optimism of his new signing: “It always is a fantastic experience to be able to work with new people and when you immediately work well together and they have proven to be quick, you can’t help yourself but get enthusiastic for the upcoming season, how strange the global circumstances may be.” He continues: “We all know how competitive the GT4 European Series is but we also know that if we keep working hard we are able to do a very good job this year.”
CALENDAR GT4 EUROPEAN SERIES 2020
1. 25-26 JULY IMOLA (ITA)
2. 8-9 AUGUST MISANO (ITA)
3. 5-6 SEPTEMBER NURBURGRING (GER)
4. 26-27 SEPTEMBER ZANDVOORT (NED)
5. 23-24 OCTOBER SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS (BEL)
6. 14-15 NOVEMBER PAUL RICARD (FRA)
Source. Thijmen Nabuurs