The highlight of the season for the Porsche Endurance Trophy Benelux at Zolder

The highlight of the season for the Porsche Endurance Trophy Benelux at Zolder

07.08.2019: • The Eleven Sports 24 Hours of Zolder, the fifth event of the season • THEMS Racing by EMG Motorsport leading the championship • Independent Motorsport to double the bet?

•     The Eleven Sports 24 Hours of Zolder, the fifth event of the season

•    THEMS Racing by EMG Motorsport leading the championship

•    Independent Motorsport to double the bet?


This weekend, the Porsche Endurance Trophy Benelux is preparing to experience the most eagerly awaited event of the year: the Eleven Sports 24 Hours of Zolder!

A real challenge for drivers and mechanics, this fifth event of the season has been able to attract several additional competitors, especially since double the points are at stake. As part of the Belcar Endurance Championship, the small group of ten teams also rely on the reliability of the Stuttgart manufacturer in their hopes to shine in the overall rankings.

Winner of the last round at Spa-Francorchamps, THEMS Racing by EMG Motorsport has arrived in Limburg with a new status, that of championship leader. Needless to say, Nicolas Vandierendonck and Filip Teunkens could well be on the top step of the podium with Bas Schouten, John De Wilde and the young Junior Program winner Loek Hartog.

“With Filip, we have chosen to balance our crew between experience and raw talent,” explains Nicolas Vandierendonck.” John and Bas are very interesting profiles for a 24-hour race, because they are very fast and make no mistakes. And what about Loek Hartog! I have been for a while and I am still impressed by his talent, the progress he is making and particularly his maturity at only 16 years of age. The team has worked hard to provide us with a perfect car. The competition will be fierce, but we can only be pleased about that.”

For their return to the competition, two crews intend also to be involved in the battle for first place. Defending champion Independent Motorsports seeks to achieve the double this weekend. No doubt, Xavier Stevens, Koen Wauters, Kris Wauters, Dennis Retera and the team owner, Lieven Goegebuer, do not intend to leave anything to chance. Belgium Racing will be aiming for a fifth victory in the 24 hours, with drivers Dylan Derdaele, Nicolas Saelens, Marc Goossens, Lars Kern and Louis Machiels.

“Although we are a little short to compete with the prototypes on one lap, we think that the Porsche will be a formidable weapon in the race. Much more than the Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo which we used at the beginning of the season in Belcar,” says Dylan Derdaele.

“The 911 clearly has an advantage in terms of fuel consumption and tyre wear. We hope that this choice will result in a success, which will make Belgium Racing the holder of the absolute record number of victories in the 24 hours of Zolder.”


Other teams to watch out for include the Team Porsche Eindhoven by DVB Racing, which will trade its Porsche Cayman Clubsport for a 911 GT3 Cup. This will allow Xavier Maassen and Luc Vanderfeesten, among others, to aim for a good result. All of these great drivers will be competing against the Porsche Speedlover of Wim Meulders and Frank Beliën, as well as against LM Racing with Luc Moortgat, Wim Kuijl, Dirk Kuijl, Pierre-Yves Paque and Pieter Ooms.

Finally, there are two Porsche Cayman Clubsport cars. The first will be driven by the Redant family, Koen Leyssens and Michiel Verhaeren, while the second will be driven by newcomers Cédric Baeten, Olivier Hertsens and Bert Arnauts at AR Performance.

All the drivers are looking forward to starting the Limburg endurance classic this Wednesday with the traditional parade to the centre of Heusden-Zolder (15h30). Thursday's action on the track will include free practice, pre-qualification and... the Super Pole! This is always a moment much enjoyed at the Eleven Sports 24 Hours of Zolder, for which the start will be on Saturday at 16.00. 


Calendar for the Porsche Endurance Trophy (911 Class)

3 April: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps – Official Roll-Out
17-19 May: Circuit Zolder – DTM (2x 60 minutes)
1-2 June: Circuit Zolder – Superprix (180 minutes)
12-13 July: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps – 25H VW Fun Cup (180 minutes)
8-11 August: Circuit Zolder – Eleven Sports 24 Hours of Zolder
4-6 October: Circuit Zolder – American Festival Nascar Finals (125 minutes)
18-20 October: TT Circuit Assen – Final Races (125 minutes)

TPorsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux- also photos


07.08.2019 / MaP

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