Be fun, call me the “Be trophy”!
To be or not to be? Kronos Events didn’t spend too long pondering Hamlet’s question. Responding to the Belgian Royal Automobile Club call, wanting to offer enthusiasts of motor sport in Belgium a championship which is accessible to everyone but full of thrills, Marc Van Dalen and Jean-Pierre Mondron have taken on the challenge and inaugurated, in parallel with the recent Belgian Racing Car Championship (BRCC), a new series called the “Be Trophy”.
“We had already organised some promotional formulas that met with great success from both drivers and spectators” recalls Jean-Pierre Mondron and Marc Van Dalen, the Kronos Events administrators. “Whether this experience is about the Peugeot 106 Trophy, the Mazda MX5 Cup or the European Toyota Yaris Cup, we have learned a lot about the ingredients that are necessary to put an enticing formula in place that is accessible to all. Our objective today is to capitalise on this experience to make the Be Trophy a competition to be reckoned with and that offers both participants and the general public a first class spectacle with above all a festive and off-beat atmosphere for the great moments of the “race between pals”.
In actual fact, the Be Trophy will be open to all cars officially approved and fulfilling the RACB regulations, pretty silhouettes coming from all corners of Europe with tubular chassis, the cute look of Beetles and with diesel or petrol engine propulsion.
“The Be Trophy is reserved for all those who are either one-day or permanent licence holders who want to have a pleasurable time and enjoy themselves behind the wheel without losing the head”, Marc Van Dalen emphasises. “Driving in this type of setting when it stays within reach of all, is very sporty because you are flirting with the boundaries. The gaps in car performances, when they are all answering to the same technical regulation, will be minuscule so we expect the races to be hotly contested right up to the chequered flag”.
And Jean-Pierre Mondron takes up the story, while underlining the importance for Kronos Events of the development of this series for the future: “Today we are conforming to a rule that was put in place by the RACB to best meet the interests of participants. We hope to see the series evolve and develop in the future. We have lots of original ideas for these next few years”.
“The emphasis in our competitions will be more than ever put on pleasure, both on the track and in the paddock, where we will cultivate an original festive spirit which must be the engine for this type of event!” Jean-Pierre Mondron confirms. We want the financially affordable Be Trophy, to become the meeting place for a maximum amount of car racing enthusiasts. We hope to be creative and we are, of course, open to all good ideas in that field.”
From this perspective let’s recall that the sport regulation laid down by the RACB allows for the possibility that the owners or hirers of two seaters may let their partners, friends or other “guests” live the race from the inside. Co-driver in the Be Trophy, is a gift certainly worth it for all attractions to thrill.
The Be Trophy championship calendar will revolve around five competitions with two of those 6 hour endurance races taking place successively at Francorchamps on June 9 and at Zolder on October 21. Two other races are of 8 hours duration, September 9 at Mettet, and at Val de Vienne on November 17, 18. There is also a completely new 3000 km competition, organised this summer at Francorchamps: “with a duration of around twenty-four hours, depending on the weather, with the best pace and the intervention of safety cars, it will be, without doubt, the highlight of our championship scheduled for July 7th and 8th”, Marc Van Dalen explains.
Finally, like the cherry on the cake, Kronos Events is keeping a surprise in store for its loyal participants to close the season with fireworks, trying to put an “all-in” competition in place in the sun and outside Europe!
Gentlemen, start your engines and let the party begin!