Powerful stadium at the start of the Porsche Carrera Benelux Cup at the Spa-Francorchamps
On Friday 6 and Saturday May 7, the first two races of the new season in the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux will be held at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. A section of 22 cars is expected at the beginning of the Ardennes, and the quality of the drivers, divided into three classes, will be very high. As the only Porsche Carrera Cup in the world, the fastest brand cup in Benelux can boast the presence of a world champion on the field.
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Well, Tom Boonen won his world title on two wheels instead of four, but he has shown in recent years that he can also do well in motorsport. For example, Boonen, who drives for #TeamPGZ by RedAnt Racing, will no doubt be able to rely on a lot of interest in his participation in the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux. The same situation applies to another well-known Fleming: Koen Wauters, who plays for the Belgian Tournament Team. There he has defending champion Dylan Derdaele as a teammate, who this year will try to win the title in the Benelux-Porsche tournament for the third time after 2016 and last year.
The same goes for Xavier Maassen, driving the #TeamPGZ for the RedAnt Race. The Limburg driver previously became the Porsche Benelux champion in 2014 and 2017 and this year he wants revenge for a disappointing season in 2021, where he was unlucky, especially without his fault. Also on #TeamPGZ by RedAnt Racing we find Sam Dejonghe, who has extensive experience in the most diverse race classes: from GTs and prototypes to silhouette cars and touring cars, but for the first time he will be running all season with Porsche. 911 GT3 Cup. Ad Geerts and Luc Vanderfeesten, the forces running PGZ and Porsche Stations in Eindhoven and Maastricht, will compete in the Am class under the flags of #TeamPGZ and RedAnt Racing.
Three Dutch teams in the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux
With GP Elite, PG Motorsport and JW Raceservice, three completely Dutch teams are participating in the Porsche Carrera Benelux Cup. For the former team, Ghislain Cordeel climbs into the Pro rankings. PG Motorsport has two drivers in the Pro class, the German Sebastian Freymuth, who already finished on stage once last year, and the young Dutchman Rik Koen, who will celebrate his 18th birthday on Thursday 5 May and will compete in the System 4. switch to Porsches. JW Raceservice is represented by Lucas van Eijndhoven, brother of Huub van Eijndoven, who has moved to the German Cup since then, in the Pro class with Sven van Laere in the Am unit. Based on a home base in Nuth, South Limburg, Parker Revs Motorsport could also be considered as a Dutch team. Here Brit Harry King, champion of the UK Porsche Carrera Cup 2020 and last year third in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, in the Pro class and Dutchman Jeroen Kreeft in the Am class are the two drivers.
The Speedlover team will introduce cars to Didier Glorieux in the Pro-Am class and Wim Meulders in the Am unit. NGT Racing has two Pro drivers, namely Glenn Van Parijs, second in the standings last year, and Maxime Soulet, who has already made his mark in the GT international game and gives under the August Tournament and NGT Racing flag . In addition, Stijn Lowette will compete in Class Am for the NGT Competition. One of the rider teams is Q1 Trackracing, where Belgian Jan Lauryssen, after winning the Am title last year, now moves to Pro-Am, DUWO from Luxembourg, which Sebastien Lajoux shares in Am, with the Spanish team. Baporo Motorsport, which uses the Am bridge to Andorran Joan Vinyes, a driver with more than a quarter of a century of mountaineering, rallies and track races.
Special caution for four horsemen from the Talent Pool
Two young Dutch drivers Rik Koen and Lucas van Eijndhoven, German Sebastian Freymuth and Englishman Harry King are four participants who are part of this year’s Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux Talent Pool program. They can count on professional help from German sprinter Dirk Werner, who has been a professional Porsche driver for many years. This applies not only to performance during training and running sessions, but also to, for example, equality, communication and the media, representing a series of words and phrases on social networks. At the end of the season, a driver from the Talent Pool group will be handed the Porsche Motorsport international youth nomination on behalf of the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux.
On Thursday, May 5, the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux program will begin in the Spa-Francorchamps cycle with two free 40-minute practice sessions each, starting at 9.05 am and 1.40 pm. On Friday, May 6, starting positions will be determined during the qualifiers from 11.35 am to 12.10 pm, with the first running starting at 4.25 pm. The second race will take place on Saturday starting at 10:00 p.m. Both races can be seen via live streaming on site series.
A successful start to the season for the Porsche Sprint Challenge Benelux
The Porsche Sprint Challenge Benelux, the entry level class of the Porsche Motorsport pyramid, has already completed the start of the season. At CM.com Circuit Zandvoort there was a successful overhaul with a total of 18 vehicles, divided into three classes. Roger Hodenius won the 992nd class in both races, ahead of Niels Troost. Ronald BeAzur and Stijn Lowette each took third place. Jaxon Verhoeven and Michel Arfman each won second place in the 991th grade. Sacha Noorden won both races in the GT4 unit, followed in the first by Alexander Goddijn and Cedric Chassang, in second in front of Chassang and Lin Hodenius. The next round will also take place in Zandvoort, on July 4th.