- Seven former drivers from the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Zandvoort this weekend
- Two young talents from Junior program of the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux
In one week, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup will race twice in the Benelux: last weekend at Spa-Francorchamps and next weekend at Circuit Zandvoort. It is no longer necessary to introduce the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, but it might be good to underline once again to what extent the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux is the way to the highest regions of the Porsche one-make cup with the legendary Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
A week after the 300th Porsche Supercup race in history was held at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the Belgian Ardennes, this week marks another historic event for the fastest mono-brand cup in the world, as the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup has never been a guest in the Netherlands before.
Porsche has a well thought-out system to allow drivers, especially young drivers, to grow to the level of official Porsche driver in the World Endurance Championship. The Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux has been a regular part of this for quite some time and this is also proven by the list of participants of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup this season and in this case at Circuit Zandvoort. A lot of young drivers have made a splash in the Benelux competition in recent seasons. Whether or not through the talent program of Porsche and the professional guidance within the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux, they were able to grow towards the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and not without success.
We naturally think of Ayhancan Güven, the former champion in the Benelux competition in 2018, who is now part of the Porsche Motorsport Junior program. He is the perfect example of a young driver who, if properly framed, rises within the ranks of Porsche. Güven comes from the Junior program of the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux, just like one of those other stars of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup: Loek Hartog. Hartog also started in the Benelux competition.
However, there are still a lot of Dutch people who we have seen racing in Spa, Zolder, Assen, Zandvoort and on other circuits in the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux in recent seasons. There are Jesse van Kuijk, Daan van Kuijk, Lucas Groeneveld and Max van Splunteren. They competed in the Benelux competition of Porsche until 2019 and Max van Splunteren immediately became the best rookie in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in 2020, a proof of the level of the competition in the Benelux. In Zandvoort we also see Morris Schuring, who has progressed from the competition in Belgium and the Netherlands to the German Carrera Cup and is now at the start with a wild card for his own audience.
Series Manager Olivier Aerts is therefore rightly proud of the achievements of drivers, teams and the Benelux competition: “In our competition, young drivers are indeed laying the foundation for their further career and some of them are realizing a dream, namely becoming a professional pilot. . I enjoy watching the achievements of those young guys. Of course, we must continue to invest in order to continue to be that excellent platform and if I can put forward one challenge, it would be to see a Belgian talent make the switch in the foreseeable future. However, there is no better environment for talent from the Benelux who wants to move up the ladder than in the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux.”
The race in Zandvoort takes place over eleven laps and starts on Sunday 5 September at 12.10 PM. The match can be followed live via Ziggo and Eurosport.