TDS Racing doubles the lead and confirms two cars in the Blancpain Endurance Series

28 February 2014
Last year, the TDS Racing team had to discover a new championship (the Blancpain Endurance Series), a new category (GT3) and a new car (BMW Z4). Quickly, the team distinguished itself with very good results, such as two podiums in the Pro Am category. The team also put itself in the spotlights during the prestigious Total 24 Hours of Spa when the #25 BMW Z4 led the race in its category during the first quarter of the race. At the end of the season, TDS Racing finished 5th in the Pro Am Team Classification and was the best BMW representative in this category.

Encouraged by these performances, the team will continue in the Blancpain Endurance Series. The chances to perform well have been doubled, because two BMW Z4 GT3 cars will be entered. The #10 will be driven by Eric Clément (a regular GT3 driver), Benjamin Lariche (who raced in the FIA GT1 World Championship in 2012) and Nicolas Armindo.

The second car, the #12 BMW Z4, will be driven by Henry Hassid (FRA) and Nicky Catsburg (NED).The Frenchman was already part of the team last year, while the Dutchman has been racing in the Blancpain Endurance Series since 2012 with BMW. Both drivers will compose one of the strongest lines-up of the category.

The team’s 2014 target is to win the Pro Am title.

Nicolas Armindo, BMW #10: “Although I have already a busy programme, I wanted to take part in the Blancpain Endurance Series, because it is an important championship. I wanted to compete with TDS Racing for several reasons. Firstly because I know Xavier Combet for a long time now, we were opponents in the Formula Renault. Moreover, the team has evolved a lot, starting from the European Megane Trophy Championship and finishing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It proves that it is a world class team.”

Nicky Catsburg, BMW #12:“As I was looking for a drive, I got in touch with Xavier Combet and Jacques Morello from TDS Racing. In 2010, I won the European Mégane Trophy with them. Pretty soon, the deal was done. I am also happy to drive with Henry Hassid in Pro Am. I think he is one of the strongest Am drivers. I think we can do a pretty good job.”