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Belgium Racing takes an excellent second at the 24 Hours of Zolder

Belgium Racing takes an excellent second at the 24 Hours of Zolder

13.08.2019: This weekend the Porsche Endurance Trophy Benelux enjoyed its longest race of the season: the Eleven Sports 24 Hours of Zolder! It is an event which always puts the mech

This weekend the Porsche Endurance Trophy Benelux enjoyed its longest race of the season: the Eleven Sports 24 Hours of Zolder! It is an event which always puts the mechanics and drivers to the test, and enabled Belgium Racing to distinguish itself among the teams competing in the Belcar Endurance Championship.



Dylan Derdaele, Nicolas Saelens, Louis Machiels, Marc Goossens and Lars Kern finished second after racing twice round the clock, with their Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, as fast and consistent as they were reliable.

 


By setting the ninth fastest time overall, the best among the Porsche Endurance Trophy Benelux contingent, Belgium Racing had already laid the foundations for a successful weekend in the “Super Pole”. Avoiding mechanical problems and collisions, the four-time winners of the event then confirmed their status as the premier Porsche team over 24 hours. Sixth at 06.00 and fourth at the midway point, Dylan Derdaele, Nicolas Saelens, Louis Machiels, Marc Goossens and Lars Kern rose constantly through the field to take the second step on the podium.
 


“All the drivers did an incredible job without making any mistakes,” said Dylan Derdaele. “And what about the team as a whole? Our Porsche ran perfectly smoothly throughout the race, and that allowed us to make the most of the excellent conditions. We can of course be satisfied with our first place in the Porsche pack, but we leave Zolder with a taste for more. We would have liked to impose ourselves here, because we had prepared for that. Far from disappointing us, this second place motivates us to come back even stronger next year.” 


 


While Belgium Racing overcame all the obstacles, some teams did not do so well. In the battle for first place in the 911 Class, THEMS Racing by EMG Motorsport experienced gearbox problems at the start of the race before a failed cylinder head gasket dashed the hopes of Nicolas Van Dierendonck, Filip Teunkens, Bas Schouten, Loek Hartog and John De Wilde.
 


Running discreetly but effectively, the Porsche Speedlover car of Wim Meulders, Frank Beliën, Niels Cox and Bob Wilwert surprised more than one observer with its performance. Second in the Porsche rankings, the #150 car also distinguished itself in the overall 24-hour rankings by finishing in a fine fifth place ahead of the #8 car of Independent Motorsports. Xavier Stevens, Koen Wauters, Kris Wauters, Dennis Retera and Lieven Goegebuer suffered brake problems, but they managed to secure third place in the Porsche Endurance Trophy Benelux rankings.
 


Far from enjoying a quiet race, the #63 EMG Motorsport car (driven by Jos Jansen-Peter Van Delm-Oscar Gräper-Marcel Dekker) was able to recover to finish in 4thplace ahead of the Porsche 996 LM Racing of Luc Moortgat, Wim Kuijl, Dirk Kuijl, Pierre-Yves Paque and Pieter Ooms.
 


After this extremely challenging fourth round of the season, the competitors in the 911 Class of the Porsche Endurance Trophy Benelux will now be able to enjoy a well-deserved summer break. This will enable them to come back more motivated than ever for the penultimate round of the championship, which will take place in early October in Zolder, as part of the American Festival NASCAR Finals. 


 



Calendar for the Porsche Endurance Trophy (911 Class)


 
3 April: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps - Official Roll-Out
17-19 May: Circuit Zolder - DTM (2 x 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)





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13.08.2019 / MaP

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