- Q1 Trackracing wins in spectacular race
- Young talent emerges in various Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Type 992 –
June 4, Spa-Francorchamps. For the second round of the Porsche Endurance Trophy Benelux 2023, the drivers and teams went to the beautiful Spa-Francorchamps circuit. On the menu was a race of 500 kilometers or three hours at nightfall, with a finish around ten o'clock in the evening. And despite the fact that it was a real endurance race, Jan Lauryssen took the solo victory in the Q1 Trackracing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Type 992 – after the entrepreneur from the Kempen had already taken pole position earlier. It is now summer break for the Porsche Endurance Trophy Benelux, which returns on 26 and 27 August on the occasion of the 24 Hours of Zolder.
After John De Wilde had already driven solo for three hours during the opening round of the championship, Jan Lauryssen now also chose to finish the second race of the season on his own. In his Q1 Trackracing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Type 992 – he drove to pole position on Friday evening, only to take the victory in the Porsche Endurance Trophy Benelux a day later, after a very nice race, but also the overall victory in the Belcar Endurance Championship. It was Porsche's first victory in the national endurance championship since the 2018 24 Hours of Zolder.
Lauryssen, the champion of the AM class and PRO/AM class in the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux 2021 and 2022, made it clear during qualifying and the race in Spa how much he feels at home in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Type 992 – and secured itself and his team Q1 Trackracing a first victory in the Belcar Endurance Championship.
“What a fantastic and intense race”, Lauryssen beamed after the race on the podium. “Our strategy was good, the car ran like a Swiss watch and I had a lot of fun, although there was a problem with my drink supply in the final phase, which made it even more physically demanding. I am very happy and this is a motivation for the whole team in the run-up to the 24 Hours of Zolder, where we ended up in second place last year.”
Behind the winning Porsche, the fans were treated to a wonderful battle for the places of honour, between the duos Michiel Haverans and Phillipe Wils (RedAnt Racing), Koen Wauters and Jos Menten (Belgium Racing) and John De Wilde and Kaï Rillaerts (RedAnt Racing). They also crossed the line in that order and strikingly, in addition to the well-known veterans, two young talents also showed their skills. While Michiel Haverans is already in his second season in a Porsche, sixteen-year-old karting talent Kaï Rillaerts made his debut this weekend in Spa. Both young talents are housed at RedAnt Racing and drove a flawless race.
“It shows that not only our competitions with sprint races are an excellent springboard for young talent, but young drivers can also develop in the longer work with a Porsche,” says Series Manager Rudi Penders. “The battle on the track between Michiel and Kaï spiced up the race and of course we hope that these young riders can develop further.”
At Spa, further places of honor were for the Verhoeven family in the colors of Speedlover, the trio Teunkens-Ooms-Paenen (Q1 Trackracing) and guest drivers Shaun Thong Wei Fung and Eric Lo Piu in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Type 992 – of MRS GT Racing.
In the championship, the duos Michiel Haverans and Phillipe Wils (RedAnt Racing) on the one hand and Koen Wauters and Jos Menten (Belgium Racing) on the other now each have one second and one third place and they will therefore go side by side towards the next race, the 24 Hours of Zolder on August 26 and 27.