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Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux guest in Barcelona during the European Le Mans Series

  • Harry King races in Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Spa-Francorchamps and is therefore not racing

  • Jan Lauryssen looking for second title in a row in second year of motorsport

The Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux is already at its fifth meeting of the season and teams and drivers are gathering in Barcelona for this. Of course, there are two 30-minute, plus one-lap races on the menu, and both of those races could potentially result in a first-time champion, particularly in the Pro-Am category. In the other categories, the title race is in full swing and especially with the absence of points leader Harry King, everything in Barcelona can be shaken up quite a bit. Once again, the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux can also count on a few guest drivers with name and fame, guest drivers who obviously do not score any points.

At the beginning of August, tens of thousands of fans gathered in the stands in Assen, the Netherlands, for the seventh and eighth meeting of the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux and they saw Britain's Harry King drive to victory in the Parker Revs Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – type 992 – twice. However, the points leader is not there because of his participation in the Belgian round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Spa-Francorchamps and that opens perspectives for the two other remaining title candidates: Glenn van Parijs (NGT Racing) and Ghislain Cordeel (Team GP). Elite). If De Hasselaar, van Parijs, wins twice and grabs two additional points for the fastest lap and/or pole position, he will leave as leader in the standings for Hockenheim for the championship final.

Meanwhile, Sam Dejonghe (#TeamPGZ by RedAnt Racing), his teammate Xavier Maassen and Rik Koen (Parker Revs Motorsport) are fighting a good battle for fourth place in the championship, although mathematically all the other drivers still qualify for that spot. In the 'Pro' category we will of course also see Lucas van Eijndhoven (JW Raceservice) this weekend, in addition to a second appearance by Michiel Haverans (Belgium Racing) and a first race weekend in the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux by Horst Felix Felbermayr in the colors of the renowned Proton Competition. The latter comes of course from the Austrian Felbermayr racing family that has been active with Porsche for three generations.

In the Pro Championship there is also the battle between the two 'Rookie drivers', Rik Koen and Lucas van Eijndhoven, who are both also part of the 'Talent Pool'. The difference between the young wolves is barely six points in favor of Rik Koen and the decision will probably fall at the finish in Hockenheim.

Title fight

The situation is slightly different in the Pro-Am championship, where Jan Lauryssen (Q1-Trackracing) can score his second title in a row. The entrepreneur from the Kempen won the title in 'Am' last season and can now go for an award again in only his second season in motorsport. Lauryssen also recently won the Porsche Endurance Trophy Benelux during the 24 Hours of Zolder and is also looking for a first title at European level, of course also with Porsche. If Lauryssen is six points ahead of Didier Glorieux (Speedlover) in Barcelona and Tom Boonen (#TeamPGZ by RedAnt Racing) does not run 28 points, he may uncork the champagne. We also note the debut of Giovanni Scamardi (DUWO Racing) in the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux.

In the 'Am' category, the battle is still open, between leader Sébastien Lajoux (DUWO Racing), Stijn Lowette (NGT Racing) and home driver Jaume Font, who will compete in front of his own audience with Baporo Motorsport. They are not alone, however, as Dominique Bastien (Speedlover), Sven van Laere (JW Raceservice), Luc Vanderfeesten (#TeamPGZ by RedAnt Racing) and Jeroen Kreeft (Parker Revs Motorsport) are also back, while the team manager of Q1- Track racing Nicolas Vandierendonck makes his comeback.

It should also be noted that the free practice sessions and qualifying sessions will take place on Friday, at 9.30am (FP1), 2pm (FP2) and 6.05pm (Q), respectively, while both races will be held on Saturday, at 9.40am and 2.55pm. As always, those races can be followed on the Facebook page and the website of the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux!



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