On the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux front the 2017 season was enthralling, with hard fought titles claimed by Xavier Maassen (DVB Racing) and Glenn Van Parijs (Belgium Racing) following the double final held at Barcelona- Cataluña that will forever remain in the annals. The cherry on the cake of a year that confirmed the permanent increase in power of the fastest one-make cup in the Benelux…

On Friday November 10th, drivers, teams, partners and journalists were welcomed at Kasteel De Hoogenweerth in Maastricht, Netherlands. The beautiful castle was surrounded by coulorful Porsches and a stylish interior welcomed everybody to crown the champions of 2017. Xavier Maassen and Glenn Van Parijs were shining on their top spot of the podium as well as the other attentands who seemed to have a good time. On stage, the hosts talked with pride about the new feautures, thanked everybody who made past season possible and showed the best action videos and pictures.

Over a mere five years we have managed to give credibility to sprint races in the Benelux, Steven Stichelbout, Series Manager explained. Congratulations to the champions, thanks to all the drivers and teams who helped to write the history of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux, and now setting course for 2018. Our competition will continue to grow, and its features are ever more numerous … “

The first of these features will undoubtedly be the introduction of the Porsche 991 GT3 Cup GEN II in the Challenge Benelux. Enough to guarantee an even bigger starting grid, with as from the 2018 kick-off a mix of GEN I and GEN II. Each one will therefore have the opportunity to choose according to their pretentions and ambitions.

A guarantee of sumptuous grids during the 2017 season, the association with the Porsche Carrera Cup France is renewed. Similar to this year, the French and Benelux competitors will be joining forces over several meetings, which will as a pleasant consequence once again produce an increased level of competition…and impressive grids!

Quite clearly the 2018 calendar is looking tempting, with such circuits as Spa, Zandvoort and Zolder, but also – the newly introduced to the F1 calendar- Circuit Paul Ricard to end the season in the company of the Porsche Carrera Cup France. Entertainment guaranteed in prestigious surroundings.

Launched at the beginning of the 2017 season, the Porsche Benelux Junior Programme had favoured a handful of young lions who under Marc Goossens, their coach, all made indisputable progress. ‘The Goose’: “The aim was to train these Juniors in such a way as to be able to bring ever more precise feed-back after each run at the wheel of the car. I’m looking forward to what is to come … “

In the meantime, the Junior Benelux 2017 has been elected. It is the young 19 year-old Turk Ayhancan Güven, he put in a thundering appearance in our competition. Through his title of Junior Benelux 2017, he will receive some support from the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux during the 2018 season. We definitely have not heard the last of him…