Nicky Catsburg set for 6 Hours of Fuji with BMW Team MTEK
Nicky Catsburg is looking forward to the 6 Hours of Fuji next weekend (12-14 October) where he aims to carry forward the momentum gained at Silverstone into the fourth round of the FIA WEC World Championship in Japan.
Each round of the championship has seen BMW Team MTEK make gains with the new BMW M8 GTE, giving Nicky confidence that he will be able to make further strides in the LMGTE Pro class on Sunday afternoon.
You took in a little extra racing action since the FIA World Endurance Championship round at Silverstone…
“Yes, last weekend I did the Blancpain GT race in Barcelona, and it was good to get some extra track time, preparation, staying active and driving a BMW! We scored a top ten result in a huge field with lots of different cars and categories, so it was a good race for us.”
The fifth position at Silverstone shows the ground the team is making with the new BMW M8 GTE, each race seems to bring more performance from what’s still a new package…
“It’s not been so easy so far but on the positive we are getting a lot better race by race. Silverstone, I thought we had a very good car, a reliable car and a package that was great to drive. Unfortunately, in terms of BoP (Balance of Performance), we were not really capable of fighting for the podium there.
“I do however think that we have again upped our game and I believe we’ll be more competitive in Fuji. I expect to be more competitive there also with regards to the BoP, so combined we should be in good shape.”
It’s your first time competing at Fuji Speedway, but you’re very familiar with racing in Japan. The crowd and atmosphere are always welcoming…
“I’ve been to Tokyo and Motegi before, so I’m really looking forward to going back to Japan. I like it so much I’ll ensure I’m there early to spend in Tokyo with my teammates – enjoying the country and getting used to the time-zone – and then onto Fuji. I’m looking forward to seeing Mount Fuji too, it’s a new experience for me.”