Ryan Dalziel will be on familiar ground when he resumes his duties as Glasgow Rangers Superleague Formula driver this weekend – racing at Zolder in Belgium where he last competed in Champ Car.
Dalziel missed the Nurburgring round of the football-themed series as he was racing in Grand Am sports cars in the US – but now he’s back and looking forward to revisiting old haunts.
“Zolder was certainly one of my favorite races on the Champ Car circuit last year and I am really looking forward to racing again there,” he said. “It is a really cool facility and a great venue – it will be great to go back there in the Superleague Formula car for Rangers.”
Channel Islander James Walker subbed as Rangers driver in the last round of the series, scoring a fourth place in one race and failing to finish the other. In the season opener, run in pouring rain at Donington Park, Dalziel claimed an eighth and a DNF.
The Scotsman said: “For Rangers I will certainly be out for a good result because last time at Donington we had a crash in the wet – and then shortly after myself and marshals were ducking out the way as the Galatasaray car also went off and slammed into mine.
“I was just trying to tell the marshals we should probably move the car, then we were all running for our lives.”
The weather was very different for his Grand Am drive in Utah – and so was the car. But he is not at all concerned at the switch: “I don’t find it overly difficult to change between different types of car – you just have to adjust your brain mentally.
“Last year I had a full Champ Car programme and also did five or six sportscar races as well so I can adapt pretty easily. It will be great to now get regular races under my belt every two or three weeks now in Superleague Formula.”