- Some twenty competitors on the grid for the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux
- Two former champions against the young guard
- Sandra van der Sloot defends her title from the “B” drivers
- Official test day on Wednesday 3 April at Spa-Francorchamps
With its official test day this Wednesday, at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux is entering the final phase of its preparations. One month before the season kicks off, on 2, 3 and 4 May, alongside the 6 Hours of Spa FIA WEC, the promoters can reveal a very substantial list of entries for this 2019 campaign.
“With the full-year entrants and those who will be entered on a race-by-race basis, we should have around twenty Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars on each of our starting grids,” says Steven Stichelbout. “Not to mention the fact that we will be joining up twice with the Porsche Carrera Cup France to form an even larger pack…”
The very fine calendar for the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux, which will include three events in the prestigious DTM, is undoubtedly one of the reasons for its success. “We are also delighted to see an increasing number of Porsche dealers becoming involved in our championship,” smiles Severine Ulenaers, Coordinator of the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux. “On the Belgian side, there is the Porsche Centre in Antwerp and the Kronos Porsche Centre. In the Netherlands, it is the Porsche Groep Zuid which sponsors Xavier Maassen. This shows that there is always a link between competition and the sale of road cars. Whether for them or for their customers, we can offer a VIP welcome in our Porsche Paddock Lounge. This is true not only for Porsche dealers, but also for drivers and their partners!”
This Wednesday, at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, the first major event for competitors in the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux will take place in the form of an official Test Day. It will also be an opportunity for Porsche owners to drive their cars on the circuit during sessions reserved for them. In addition, Porsche fans will also be delighted to see the new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport in action, for the first time in Benelux.
But let us return to the provisional list of entrants! There is an excellent mix between regulars of the fastest one-make series in Benelux and newcomers. Former champions Xavier Maassen (DVB Racing) and Dylan Derdaele (Belgium Racing) will once again be among the favourites, but many others are looking to make things difficult for them. We already know that the winner of the Junior Recruitment Programme, the 16-year-old Dutchman Loek Hartog (Bas Koeten Racing), will be one of them! We are still waiting for details to be revealed of the top riders in a better represented Elite GP team than ever before, but we know already that the Dutch brothers Daan and Jesse Van Kuijk will both be in the team. Another regular, Belgian Jurgen Van Hover (Speedlover) will again be a candidate for a place of honour.
Alongside the “B” drivers, the Dutch driver Sandra van der Sloot (Squadra Aragosta) will be defending her title. Although she admits that she wants to be close to the best in the overall rankings, she will also have to beware of competition eager for revenge, like Menno van de Grijspaarde (GP Elite), Bas Barenburg (RaceArt), Nicolas Saelens (Belgium Racing), Roger Grouwels (RaceArt), Jeroen Kreeft (Squadra Aragosta), Wim Meulders (Seedlover) or the unmissable Yves Noël (Car Tuning Lease Motorsport).
One of the new features for the 2019 season will be the creation of a “Guest” ranking for drivers who do not compete in the entire championship. And several drivers have already expressed their desire to compete in a partial programme, thus enjoying the thrills of the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux for the first time… or for a great return to the fray.
For competitors in the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux, four one-hour sessions are scheduled this Wednesday at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Porsche road car owners, divided into two groups, will be able to enjoy the track for four 30-minute sessions. The season is now well underway!
Calendar for the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux
3 April: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps – Official Test Day
3-4 May: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps – FIA WEC Spa
17-19 May: Circuit Zolder – DTM
7-9 June: Circuit Zandvoort – Pinksterraces
19-21 July: TT Circuit Assen – DTM
13-15 September: Nürburgring – DTM
28-29 September: Circuit Barcelona – Blancpain GT Series