• Lights out in the prestigious setting of the DTM
  • Two 60-minute races integrated into the Belcar Endurance Championship
  • Two classes: the 911 Class and the Cayman Clubsport Class

The Porsche Endurance Trophy will see the lights go out this weekend at the Circuit Zolder in the prestigious setting of the DTM. In the Belcar Endurance Championship, around fifteen Porsche cars will compete in the races within a race for the two classes established by the promoter: the 911 Class and the Cayman Clubsport Class.

While the emphasis is on endurance in this competition, it is more of a sprint-format confrontation in Limburg. Two 60-minute races are scheduled for Saturday at 17.10 and Sunday at 16.25.

911 Class: Bouvy and Coens are favourites

Already integrated in the Belcar Endurance Championship last year, the 911 Class is entering its second season. It includes the latest Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars (such as the 991 Gen I and Gen II), but also some older models.

Multiple Belgian champions, Fred Bouvy and Damien Coens will again be partners in the #991 car of the No Speed Limit team and the duo is logically among the favourites. But the battle promises to be very open, with Nicolas Vandierendonck, coupled with Filip Teunkens in the #3 EMG Motorsport car, who intends to exploit his international experience to make a name for himself. The Speedlover team should also have a say, as they have three cars lining up for this opening event. Entered in solo racing, John de Wilde and Frank Beliën have often shown their potential in the past, while Wim Meulders, also competing in the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux this weekend, has no shortage of ambitions, with Rik Renmans as a team mate.

Known for historic events, Luc Moortgat will team up with Dieter and Wim Kuijl for LM Racing while the PG Motorsport team will feature two family pairings: Tjarco and Tijn Jilesen on the one hand, and Johan and Michael van Peperzeel on the other, who will be competing in an older Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 996.

Over the year, Porsche cars will probably be able to take an advantage by doubling their stints thanks to the Michelin tyres fitted to all Porsche Endurance Trophy competitors. But with two 60-minute races, the “Porschists” will have to rely on the other qualities of their 911 GT3 Cup to distinguish themselves in the overall classification of the Belcar Endurance Championship.

Cayman Clubsport: Robert Doornbos a star competitor

The major new feature of this 2019 season is of course the appearance of the new Cayman Clubsport Class, which gives pride of place to the Porsche Cayman Clubsport (old and new generations).

The new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport has just been introduced and is a great car in which to compete in Benelux Endurance events. In addition to five Belcar Endurance Championship events (all except the 24 Hours of Zolder), the Cayman Clubsport Class calendar includes an event in early June at Zandvoort.

For the Grand Premiere in Zolder this weekend, a big name will be joining the pack. Former Minardi and Red Bull Formula 1 driver, Robert Doornbos will be the guest of Paul van Splunteren, Porsche’s importer in the Netherlands. This will bring back memories for Robert, who started his career with André van Hoof’s Speedlover team. The Dutchman will certainly set the bar high for the other competitors in this Cayman Clubsport Class!

The idea of organising an endurance competition with the new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport and focused on gentlemen drivers immediately appealed to me,” explains Paul van Splunteren. “We are currently combining with the Belcar, but in the longer term we hope to make it a true Benelux championship with events in both Belgium and the Netherlands. The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is a fantastic car for that. It is a car that has already proved its worth with its previous generation, but now it has a new look and improved driving aids, such as ABS, traction control and stability control. It is very easy to drive and at the same time powerful enough to be great fun. To show our support for this initiative, I have chosen to participate in two events myself. Next weekend we will have our Porsche ambassador Robert Doornbos, former Formula 1 driver and today Grand Prix consultant for Ziggo. He has not raced in six years, but he still has his talent. We will be driving outside the championship and therefore we will not score any points. Our main goal is to draw attention to this new class.

Partnering his sons Ayrton and Yannick, Bert Redant was one of the first to believe in the Cayman Clubsport Class with his Red Ant Racing crew. This family crew will meet Harold and Alexander Goddijn in the Team GP Elite #701 car on track. The Niels Nipperus-Lars Poell duo (PG Motorsport) and the Ad Geerts-Luc Vanderfeesten-Sven van Laere trio (DVB Racing) also intend to gain a high position in the class rankings as quickly as possible.

Which of these crews will be the first to place its name in the list of winners in this new Cayman Clubsport Class? To find out, it is at the Circuit Zolder that you will have to be this weekend!

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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)

Calendar for thePorsche Endurance Trophy (Cayman Clubsport 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)
7-9 June: Circuit Zandvoort – Pinksterraces (2 x 50 minutes)
12-13 July: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps – 25H VW Fun Cup (180 minutes)
4-6 October: Circuit Zolder – American Festival Nascar Finals (125 minutes)
18-20 October: TT Circuit Assen – Final Races (125 minutes)