- 40 Porsche production cars and 40 competition models meet at Spa-Francorchamps
- The Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport and the Porsche 935 in the spotlight
- Extremely positive first outings for ten Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport cars
Despite the extremely variable weather conditions, the official Test Day for the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux turned into a real day of glory for the Stuttgart brand this Wednesday at Spa-Francorchamps. In addition to more than 40 Porsche production cars, more than 40 competition cars drove the famous Ardennes track. While the 911 GT3 Cup cars entered in the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux were in the majority, they were joined by some ten Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport cars. Delivered last week, these brand new cars drove their first few kilometres under the supervision of Porsche Motorsport.
The brand’s sports department was particularly well represented at Spa-Francorchamps. Four professional drivers (Marc Lieb, Christian Ried, Marco Seefried and Uwe Alzen) baptised the all-new Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport and the exclusive Porsche 935, a real jewel which has turned many heads. In other words, the Porsche customers in attendance were amazed!
“What always strikes me at this type of event is the link people have with the Porsche brand,”says Yves De Swert, Sales Planning & Prices Manager at Porsche Import. “We also see how much competition there is in the brand’s DNA. And then, what a pleasure it is to see such a wide range, with the Caymans and Boxsters at one end and at the other extreme the famous Porsche 935. The common thread which exists within our brand cannot be found anywhere else. It was really a great event!”
GP Elite confirm van Splunteren and Groeneveld
Before this Test Day, the GP Elite team had doubts as to the identity of some of its drivers for the 2019 season of the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux. But the Dutch team took advantage of its presence at Spa-Francorchamps to confirm that, as in 2018, Max van Splunteren would be one of them. Third in the championship last year with a win, the 23-year-old Dutchman will again be a contender for the title. In addition to the cars driven by Max Van Splunteren, Menno van de Grijspaarde and the brothers Jesse and Daan van Kuijk, a fifth Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Gen. II will be entered by GP Elite this season! It will be driven by Lucas Groeneveld, a Dutchman just 16 years of age who hopes to do well against two other very young drivers: the Turkish Alex Aka (entered by the Attempto Racing team, champions last year with Ayhancan Güven) and the Dutchman Loek Hartog, winner of the Junior Recruitment Programme who will be flying the Bas Koeten Racing colours.
For the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux, the next event is also scheduled at Spa-Francorchamps, but this time for the first race of the season alongside the prestigious FIA World Endurance Championship. On 3 and 4 May, the place to be will certainly be at the “most beautiful circuit in the world”!
Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport: successful baptism
The eagerly-awaited new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport turned heads immediately on its first few laps. Ten cars “rolled out” and the feedback from this first Test Day was very positive. “It went really well and we were able to test the car in different weather conditions,” says the experienced Bert Redant, who will be competing in the Porsche Endurance Trophy in the Cayman Clubsport class with his two sons, Ayrton and Yannick. “We still have some adjustments to make, but the basics are very good. It is not a difficult car to drive. In fact, my two sons were soon confident at the wheel and they immediately showed a good pace. I have already had the opportunity to test different GT4s, but this new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport certainly provided the most fun of any GT4 car I have ever had the opportunity to drive. At Porsche, they obviously did a fine job. I am looking forward to seeing where this car will stand in relation to the other GT4s which will also be competing in the Belcar Endurance Championship.”
Competitors in the Porsche Endurance Trophy, which is part of the Belgian Endurance Championship, will have to wait until the weekend of 18 and 19 May for the start of their season. But with the return of the DTM to Zolder, their patience will be well rewarded!
Calendar for the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux
3-4 May: Circuit 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
Calendar for thePorsche Endurance Trophy (Cayman Clubsport class)
17-19 May: Circuit Zolder – DTM (2 x 60 minutes)
1-2 June: Circuit Zolder – Superprix (180 minutes)
7-9 June: Circuit Zandvoort – Pinksterraces (2 x 50 minutes)
12-13 July: Circuit Spa-Francorchamps – 25H VW Fun Cup (180 minutes)
4-6 October: Circuit Zolder – American Festival Nascar Finals (125 minutes)
18-20 October: TT Circuit Assen – Final Races (125 minutes)