Day three of the
Autodelta European Tour saw the cars heading back to
the Zandvoort circuit for a second appointment at
Spettacolo Sportivo before the long race down Europe got
underway with a 300 km dash to the next scheduled
overnight stop, in Cologne.
Yesterday's heat and sunshine gave way to a somewhat
overcast sky and lower temperatures this morning as the 10
km run from the hotel to the Zandvoort circuit got underway
and we were soon back in the pit garages at the picturesque
seaside circuit, as the crowds quickly rolled in, swelling
as the morning wore on. Just like on Saturday there was a
real mix of historic and new Alfa Romeos, as well as a large
racing contingent who would be seen in hard-fought action in
competitive races to held during the afternoon. The Tour
ranks were bolstered by the arrival of the enthusiastic
contingent from Autodelta's Moscow-based authorised dealer
for the Russian region, AlfaRacing, who were in the second
of three Alfa 159 saloons that are set to take part during
However, two cars would also be leaving the Tour today,
Mladen Cvorovic in the awesome supercharged Alfa SZ, and
Carlos Cal in his 270 bhp turbocharged Autodelta GTV J10 Evo.
Carlos - who has been making the trip with his girlfriend
Anupma Rampal - drives a fully Autodelta-converted 2.0-litre
TwinSpark coupé, an upgrade that includes the bigger brake
package, fully adjustable suspension, uprated gearbox, and a
stylish Alcantara-trimmed interior. The immaculate black car
is neatly finished by its J10 body styling kit and 17-inch
GTA alloy wheels which add up to give it a purposeful edge.
For Carlos - who previously owned an Alfa 75 and then an
Alfasud before that - this weekend was his first time with
the J10 on track. "During the five years I have owned the
GTV I have always wanted to get the car on track but
something or other has come up," he told me, adding that he
has been an Autodelta customer for ten years now. "This is
the first time I have really been able to enjoy it,"
continued Carlos. "I had great fun on the track, and I
enjoyed learning this circuit, especially as there are some
very demanding bends."