Ghislain Cordeel (GP Elite) and Xavier Maassen (#TeamPGZ by RedAnt Racing) score first win of the season in the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux 2022
Jan Lauryssen (Q1-Trackracing) wins twice and secures Pro-Am title
Home driver Jaume Font (Baporo Motorsport) and Sébastien Lajoux (DUWO) do it in Am
Four weeks after the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux's visit to the well-attended JACK's Racing Day in Assen, it was time for the penultimate meeting of the intense season on the F1 circuit in Barcelona during the Spanish round of the European LeMans Series. The absence of points leader Harry King, who competed in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at Spa-Francorchamps, meant that the cards were quite shaken up, especially in the Pro category of the fastest brand cup in the Benelux. The names of the polesitters, Glenn van Parijs (NGT Racing) and Ghislain Cordeel (GP Elite) were somewhat to be expected, but certainly not everyone had bet on victories of Cordeel and Xavier Maassen. The final battle in Hockenheim follows on October 7, 8 and 9 and Glenn van Parijs comes back with two second places to nine points from points leader Harry King. We can already bring out the champagne in Pro-Am, because a year after his title in the 'Am' category, Jan Lauryssen is already winner of the title in Pro-Am and at that barely in his second season in motorsport!
Barcelona provided beautiful motorsport and two new winners in the 2022 season of the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux. In the first race Ghislain Cordeel got off to a cannon start and despite enormous pressure throughout the race from Glenn van Parijs, the young man from Temse signed for his first win of the season and his first ever in the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux. Cordeel was therefore satisfied: “This victory makes me want more and gives me a lot of confidence, after a season that was already very good in itself. I got a strong start, got a small lead and then I managed the race. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this victory!”
Behind Cordeel and van Parijs, who finished second in three tenths, the final phase of the race was intense. Jan Lauryssen took his first overall podium of the season and was obviously good for the win in Pro-Am. Sam Dejonghe (#TeamPGZ by RedAnt Racing) crossed the line in fourth, ahead of the winner in 'Am', Jaume Font, a great achievement for the home driver. It should also be noted that Didier Glorieux (Speedlover) and Tom Boonen (#TeamPGZ by RedAnt Racing) took the podium in Pro-Am and that Stijn Lowette (NGT Racing) and rookie Giovanni Scamardi (DUWO Racing) did so in 'Am' .
Maassen back to victory after four seasons
The second race was at least as entertaining for the fans and spectators as the first meeting on Saturday morning. Glenn van Parijs took a cannon start from fourth place, but in his rush to the front something went wrong which resulted in a time penalty of five seconds. That was enough for veteran and two-time champion Xavier Maassen to bag his first win of the season, his first win since 2018 too. Behind the leaders, Sam Dejonghe was now third, ahead of Jan Lauryssen. The latter, of course, won in Pro-Am ahead of Didier Glorieux and is thus certain of his title. Sébastien Lajoux finished fifth and was first in 'Am'. Jaume Font and Stijn Lowette were the second and third on the podium.
Xavier Maassen: “What a great feeling to be on the highest podium again after a few years. The team #TeamPGZ by RedAnt Racing and my engineer really got the job done as the Porsche was really good during the race. We made the right choices and the result is there. I really enjoyed this and it is a motivation for the final of the season in Hockenheim.”
Jan Lauryssen: “This is such a great season, with a sixth and seventh win in ten races, my first overall podium in the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux and of course the title in the class, one year after my title in 'Am' in this beautiful championship. But I also really enjoyed the races themselves, especially a great fight with Sam Dejonghe in the second race. Thanks also to my team Q1 Trackracing that prepared a beautiful Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Type 992 – and this leaves you wanting more!”
Let's not forget the victories of Rik Koen (Parker Revs Motorsport) and Lucas Van Eijndhoven (JW Raceservice) in the Rookie category.