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Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux heads to Imola for Round 3 of the 2024 Season

  • Fastest one-make series in the Benelux joins the Italian round of the European Le Mans Series

  • Increasingly intense competition promises thrilling races

The iconic Imola circuit is set to host the third round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux in 2024. This thrilling event, scheduled for the first weekend of July, marks a significant milestone for the fastest one-make series in the Benelux. As the season reaches its midpoint, the competition is heating up. Notably, two-time WRC world champion Kalle Rovanperä will make his second appearance with RedAnt Racing. The results from Imola will provide insights into the exciting 2024 season as it unfolds.

A field of 21 identical Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars (Type 992) will compete alongside the Italian round of the European Le Mans Series, continuing the high-caliber tradition of previous rounds held with the FIA WEC and DTM.

Current standings and key competitors

Dirk Schouten, driving for Q1-Trackracing, leads the championship with 77 points after two rounds. Hot on his heels are Benjamin Paque (D'IETEREN LUXURY PERFORMANCE) with 58 points and Paul Meijer (Hans Weijs Motorsport) with 55 points. With fifty points available each weekend, the title race remains wide open. Close behind the top three are Robin Knutsson (NGT Racing, 48 points), Sacha Norden (JW Raceservice, 46 points), Niels Langeveld (Q1-Trackracing, 40 points), Kobe Pauwels (D'IETEREN LUXURY PERFORMANCE, 40 points), and Sam Jongejan (Team RaceArt, 37 points), all aiming to close the gap at Imola.

In the rookie standings, Kobe Pauwels leads a competitive field that includes Sam Jongejan, Jurriaan de Back (JW Raceservice), Valters Zviedris (Q1-Trackracing), and Alexander Reimann (EST 1 Racing). The PRO-AM class sees a fierce battle between Jules Grouwels (Team RaceArt) and Jani Käkelä (39 Racing).

Q1-Trackracing currently tops the team standings, but D'IETEREN LUXURY PERFORMANCE and JW Raceservice are close behind, maintaining the pressure.

Series manager's insight

We're in for an exceptional weekend at a legendary circuit,” said Olivier Aerts, Series Manager of the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux. “Imola exudes motorsport passion, and I believe everyone will relish the experience. We’re offering Italian racing fans a top-tier competition, highlighted by Kalle Rovanperä’s second round appearance. His impressive adaptability was evident last weekend when he unexpectedly competed and won in the WRC rally in Poland. I’m anticipating an extraordinary weekend!

Event schedule

  • Friday: Free practice sessions at 9:50 AM and 2:15 PM

  • Saturday: Qualifying at 11:45 AM, Race 1 at 4:35 PM

  • Sunday: Race 2 at 9:00 AM

Each race will last thirty minutes plus one lap. Fans can stream the races live on YouTube and, with live timing also available on the official website.

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