Launched in 2013, since then the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux has been spiralling unceasingly upwards! While more than 20 Benelux competitors will be on the starting grid for the season final this weekend at the Circuit Paul Ricard, the promoter is proud to announce a part of its 2019 calendar.
“We will be joining with DTM at three meetings,” says Steven Stichelbout, Series Manager of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux. “We are delighted to be collaborating with such a prestigious championship as it guarantees both spectacular races and well-filled stands. Five years ago, we went to a DTM race to see how a race of the German Porsche Carrera Cup was going. And next year, in our seventh season, we will be taking part in three of those top-flight meetings! This shows that in a few years, the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux has gone from being a small start-up to a well-established player in the European motor sport landscape.”
In real terms, two of the three events will actually be held in Benelux: Zolder (17-19 May) and Assen (19-21 July). The third race, at the iconic Nürburgring (13-15 September), is only a few kilometres from the Benelux border.
The DTM greets this new collaboration with great enthusiasm. “We are delighted to welcome the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux on the international DTM platform in 2019,” explains Achim Kostron, Managing Director of ITR Gmbh, which organises the DTM. “Strengthening our programme of support races has been one of our top priorities for the 2019 DTM season. In DTM, we always aim to offer the fans the best possible experience when they come to our events, both in terms of racing action on track and also in the entertainment away from it. We feel that by adding the spectacular Porsche race cars to our programme at Zolder, Assen and the Nürburgring next year, we have found exactly what was needed.”
This good news comes at a time when interest in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux has never been so great. After the announcement by DG Sport, which plans to enter two Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Gen II cars, other new teams should be revealed soon. The other three dates on the programme for next season will be announced later, but there can be no doubt: even before the final of the current campaign, 2019 already promises to be something special!