• This weekend the Hockenheimring will be the setting for the final round of the season
• Derdaele and van Eijndhoven tied in the lead, van Parijs' closest pursuer
• Dullaart as favorite in duel with Saelens in Pro-Am
• Who can beat new champion Lauryssen in Am?
The tension could hardly be greater. On the eve of the last meeting of the 2021 Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux, Dylan Derdaele (Belgium Racing) and Huub van Eijndhoven (#TeamPGZ by JW RaceService) count exactly the same number of points. At the Hockenheimring, in the support act of the DTM, the Belgian is going for a second title, after the one in 2016. The young Dutchman on the other hand, is looking for his first championship as a rookie in the series, after a season in which he came out stronger and stronger. Who will be the first champion with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 992?
The duel for the overall title could well become a battle with three. Only 11 points behind – there are still 44 to split – Glenn van Parijs (NGT Racing) is ready to take advantage of the co-leader's smallest mistake. In addition, he knows the Hockenheimring well, because in the past van Parijs also participated in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. You shouldn't be surprised if the bonus points (one for each pole and one for the fastest lap in each race) are the deciding factor in the final race!
A lot of other drivers want to take on the role of executioner in the title fight. Sebastian Freymuth (PG Motorsport), Steven van Rhee (Team GP Elite) and Thierry Vermeulen (Team GP Elite) - the latter achieved his first victory in Assen - are also competing for fourth place in the final standings.
As for Xavier Maassen (#TeamPGZ by Red Ant Racing) and Ghislain Cordeel (Team GP Elite), who want to finish their season with a podium finish, so they can also keep the title candidates from potentially important points.
Just a reminder that four of the 2021 drivers are part of the Talent Pool Programme. Huub van Eijndhoven, Sebastian Freymuth, Steven van Rhee and Thierry Vermeulen can count on valuable tips from Sascha Maassen (Porsche Junior Coach) and participate in a Social Media Training organized by the official communication agency of Porsche AG.
Pro-Am: Dullaart must remain in the clear
After a very successful weekend in Assen, Floris Dullaart (Team GP Elite) managed to cut a gap in the standings. The Dutchman now has a 15-point lead, the biggest difference since the start of the season.
Although he stayed ahead of his direct opponent in six out of ten races, Nicolas Saelens (Belgium Racing) knows that he is no longer in control of his destiny. All the more reason for the Belgian to put pressure on Floris Dullaart. The latter realizes that despite his lead he should not make mistakes. That promises!
Ziad Geris (Team GP Elite), winner of the first race in Zolder, is eager to get a taste of victory again, although John de Wilde (Speedlover), the current leader of the Porsche Sprint Trophy Benelux, is also looking for a victory. However, De Wilde cannot score points for the championship. Filip Teunkens (Q1 Trackracing by EMG), Andrey Mukovoz (DUWO Racing) and Nicolas Vandierendonck (Q1 Trackracing by EMG) are aiming for a successful end of the season.
Am: Lauryssen's hunger not satisfied yet
Since the meeting in Assen, Jan Lauryssen has been sure of the title in Am, but he doesn't want to stop there. The driver of Q1 Trackracing by EMG has remained a regular for some Pro-Am riders this season and hopes to continue that line in the final standings. For a driver making his debut in motorsport, something like this can safely be called a true exploit.
The tension for the title may have disappeared, Jeroen Kreeft (Parker Revs Motorsport) will still go full for the vice champion title in Hockenheim in Am. Ad Geerts (#TeamPGZ by Red Ant Racing) makes his comeback for the last meeting of the season and Harald Geisselhart makes his debut in the PCCB on the PG Motorsport car.
Excitement is therefore the trump card for the last two races of the 2021 season of the fastest single-brand cup in the Benelux. On Friday, two free practice sessions of 40 minutes will give the drivers the opportunity to master the Hockenheimring – a circuit that is on the program for the first time in the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux. Qualifying will start at 9.35am on Saturday, with the start of the first race at 4.10pm. The starting lights will go out for the last time this season on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Qualifying and the two 30-minute races will be broadcast on the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux YouTube channel and Facebook page. Who will be champion?