As part of the Total 24 Hours of Spa, the fourth meeting of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux took place this weekend! With Porsche celebrating its 70th birthday and the great Belgian classic in its 70th year, everything was set for a successful race weekend: filled stands, sun and action packed races on Spa-Francorchamps. At the end of the two races of 30 minutes, it was Ayhancan Güven who did the best job in terms of the championship.
Race 1: Güven penalized, Maassen wins
The starting grid of the first race promised a lot of action since the two main candidates for the title were in the first starting line: Xavier Maassen (DVB Racing) on pole and the current leader of the championship, Ayhancan Güven (Attempto Racing), next to him.
When the lights went out, the Dutchman managed to maintain his position … before the Turk took the lead at the end of the first lap. Güven then managed to stay in front until the end of the race, but he had a penalty of five seconds for having too often crossed the limits of the track. In adverse circumstances for him (a Safety Car out six minutes before the end, leaving one lap to race), he downgraded to fourth place while Maassen inherited success ahead of Max van Splunteren (GP Elite).
As for the victory, many racing facts have changed the race for the third place. Belgians Glenn van Parijs (Belgium Racing) and Dylan Derdaele (Belgium Racing) suffered a puncture before Turkey’s Berkay Besler (Toksport WRT) received a 5-second penalty for an early start. All in favor for Didier Van Dalen (Kronos Porsche Center) who climbed to the 3rd position and thus signed his best performance this season. He was ahead of Ayhancan Güven and Jurgen Van Hover (Speedlover), who was starting from 20th and last place after having encountered technical problems during the qualifying.
By finishing in 6th place in the overall classification, Roger Grouwels (RaceArt) won in the class B. The Dutchman preceded his compatriot Sandra van der Sloot (Squadra Aragosta), who was leading quite some time in the race, and Pierre Piron (Kronos Porsche Center). The top 5 was completed by Menno Van De Grijspaarde (GP Elite) and Ziad Geris (GP Elite).
Race 2: Güven rectifies the shot
After the penalty depriving him of the victory the day before, Ayhancan Güven had the intention to redeem himself this Saturday during the second game of the weekend. And the Turk did not miss this opportunity! Starting from pole, the representative of Attempto Racing settled comfortably at the controls of the race never to leave them. At the same time, Xavier Maassen (DVB Racing) suffered a puncture … and finished only 12th. Therefore, Ayhancan Güven is relegated to 25 points while two events are still to be contested.
Glenn van Parijs (Belgium Racing) managed to get his first podium in the second race, the Belgian perfectly resistant to the pressure of Max van Splunteren. Turkish Berkay Besler (Toksport WRT) saved the fourth position, even though he had a flat tire in the last round, in front of Didier Van Dalen (Kronos Porsche Center), from 9th to 5th place.
For her part, Sandra van der Sloot (Squadra Aragosta), racing a generation two Porsche 991 GT3 Cup for the first time this weekend, matched her good form of the race the day before. The only female in the peloton finished 6th overall and won the B class. She preceded Ziad Geris (GP Elite) and Pierre Piron (Kronos Porsche Center). In the top 5, there were also Edward Grouwels (RaceArt) and Nicolas Saelens (Belgium Racing). Bad luck for the leader of the championship B, Menno Van de Grijspaarde: the GP Elite driver was the victim of a technical problem. Even if he has seen his lead decrease, the Dutch retains his leadership.
After action packed races on the most beautiful track of the world, the drivers of the Porsche GT3 Challenge Benelux Cup will meet in Zolder on September 15 and 16 as part of the FIA Truck Grand Prix!