- Exceptional meeting to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the legendary car manufacturer
- Compete on all fronts in the fastest one-make cup in the Benelux
Zonhoven, May 30, 2023. For the second meeting of the 2023 season, the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux heads to Germany and more specifically to Hockenheim. Two races of the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux are scheduled on the illustrious F1 circuit as part of the Festival of Dreams. The whole weekend will be a total Porsche experience, with various races, a live broadcast of the century edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, all in a setting that exudes Porsche from A to Z. Glenn van Parijs, who competes for August by NGT, has the honor and pleasure of leading the championship at this special event, but the competition is ready to score. So make an appointment on Saturday and Sunday 10 and 11 June for top-shelf motorsport.
In 1948 Ferry Porsche started a wonderful car story with the construction of his first sports car, the
Porsche 356 'No. 1' Roadsters. It was the birth of a legendary brand and Ferry Porsche thus laid the foundations for a human, technological and sporting adventure that has now lasted for 75 years and inspires people worldwide: that of Porsche. “75 years of Porsche stands for pioneering spirit, passion and dreams. We celebrate this together with people who are inspired by dreams,” said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Board of Management of Porsche AG at the start of this year. The Festival of Dreams in Hockenheim is one of the highlights of that great festive year, which also includes 60 years of the Porsche 911 and 100 years of Le Mans.
“We are extremely honored to be present at the Festival of Dreams with the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux,” said Oliver Aerts, Series Manager of the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux. “Of course there will be racing, with races of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and the ADAC GT in addition to our third and fourth round of the season. But fans of Classic Porsche models will also be represented, while the entire paddock of Hockenheim will exhale Porsche. There are also performances and the live broadcast of the centennial 24 Hours of Le Mans. This event is without a doubt one of the highlights of our brilliant 2023 calendar.”
Sporting battle on all fronts
After the meeting in Spa, Glenn van Parijs has 47 points, exactly one more than Robert de Haan (Richardson Racing), the winner of the Porsche Sprint Challenge Southern Europe. Behind them, they should mainly look at Sam Dejonghe (RedAnt Racing), Flynt Schuring (Huber Racing) and Paul Meijer (Hans Weijs Motorsport). A notable newcomer to the PRO drivers is Bertrand Baguette, the reigning Japanese Super GT champion and former FIA WEC LMP2 and World Series by Renault 3.5 World Champion. He does it in the colors of August by NGT. Robert De Haan also leads the Rookie Division ahead of Flynt Schuring.
In the PRO-AM class the differences are very small, with leader Ryan Ratcliffe (Revs Motorsport) behind a large group of pursuers. Aaron Mason (Revs Motorsport), Sacha Norden (Team GP Elite), Didier Glorieux (Speedlover), but also the riders of Baporo Motorsport, Joan Vinyes and Jaime Font, are claiming a top result, just like 2022 AM champion Sébastien Lajoux.
The only driver to register two victories in Spa-Francorchamps was newcomer Ralph Poppelaars (Hans Weijs Motorsport) in the AM class. He logically leads in the AM Class, ahead of Philippe Wils (RedAnt Racing), Cedric Chassang (Team GP Elite), Luc Vanderfeesten (RedAnt Racing) and Marc Waechter (DUWO Racing).
Last but not least, August by NGT is the first team championship leader, ahead of Richardson Racing and Huber Racing.
After the free practice sessions, the participants of the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux will complete their qualifying session on Friday evening 9 June at 4.30 pm, while the races start at 10.10 am on Saturday and 10.50 am on Sunday. Both races can be followed live via the Facebook page and the YouTube channel of the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux.