Aliyyah Koloc returns to the French GT4 Series with Buggyra ZM Racing, partnered by experienced Czech veteran David Vršecký
After a successful debut at Nogaro in mid-April, Aliyyah Koloc and Buggyra ZM Racing will return to the French FFSA GT4 championship this weekend. The 18-year-old will share the Mercedes AMG GT4 with David Vršecký. The experienced two-times FIA ETRC champion will fulfill his lifelong dream of finally racing on the legendary Spa-Francorchamps track.
„After having tried several driver coaches for Aliyyah, David is really the best match. They work really well together. During the pre-race test at Slovakia Ring, Aliyyah only completed a few laps but she was one and half seconds faster than last year. Her work with the tires was also excellent. She undoubtedly has talent, but we also have to give some credit to David for these improvements,“ explained Buggyra ZM Racing team principal Martin Koloc.
„I got to know Spa-Francorchamps during the 12 Hour race in July this year. It's really a beautiful track and very demanding. I enjoyed it a lot and I am looking forward to returning this weekend. I really like working with David, he is the best driver coach in the world,“ said Aliyyah.
Race 1 will start at sunset which is a new experience for Aliyyah. „In endurance racing, driving at sunset or during the night is nothing unusual. However, it is a first for me, so probably quite challenging. But I like challenges and I am sure it will be fine,“ said the 18-year-old.
Her experienced Czech team-mate David Vršecký has driven on a lot of interesting race tracks during his 20-year career but the famous Belgian circuit is still missing on that list. After this year’s Dakar Rally, he has had sufficient time to prepare for Spa.
„I am really looking forward to this race. It has always been a dream of mine to race at Spa-Francorchamps. In addition, it will be great to share that experience with Aliyyah who is getting faster from race to race. I believe we can achieve a good result together,“ said the 46-year-old veteran.
The French FFSA GT4 Series is one of the pinnacles of sports car racing with approximately 40 cars lining up at each race. Buggyra ZM Racing has always been competing in high-level motorsport series, so the team will participate in the two remaining races this year, at the French tracks of Circuit de Lédenon and Paul Ricard.
„David Vršecký will complete the rest of the French GT4 Series season with Aliyyah, either as her coach or her team-mate in the car,“ explained team principal Martin Koloc, while adding: „It's a pity that twenty-five years ago when David and I started working together, we didn't have the options we have today. In these big fast cars, his career would have been on an even higher level.“
Schedule of the FFSA GT4 races at Spa-Francorchamps:
Sunday, 23rd July
20:35 Race 1
Sunday, 24th July
14:50 Race 2
Live timing and live stream: https://ffsagt.gt4series.com/live
Remaining calendar of FFSA GT4 series:
10–11 September: Circuit de Lédenon
15–16 November: Circuit Paul Ricard