- Five races on the calendar with the 24 Hours of Zolder as the main event
- Balance of Performance with Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Type 992 - as the benchmark
Zonhoven, 1 March 2023. Just like in previous seasons, the Porsche Endurance Trophy Benelux will also be part of the Belgian national endurance championship in 2023, better known as the Belcar Endurance Championship. The competition, reserved for various types of Porsche, starts during the weekend of 13 and 14 May at Circuit Zolder. The various teams and drivers representing Porsche will not only compete with each other for top honours, but the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Type 992 – will also compete for victory in the overall standings of the National Endurance Championship and therefore the National Endurance Title.
The organizers of the Porsche Endurance Trophy Benelux and the Belcar Endurance Championship have reached a new agreement to continue their successful collaboration in 2023.
“I am convinced that it is a logical collaboration that combines the best of both worlds,” said Rudi Penders, Series Manager of the Porsche Endurance Trophy Benelux. “I am grateful to the people of Circuit Zolder that the will to work together was also clearly present on their part and we have therefore reached a good agreement. One of the basic pillars of our cooperation is that the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Type 992 – will become the benchmark for the GTA class, the class that fights for the overall victory in the Belcar Endurance Championship and therefore also for the national title. We are going to use a Balance of Performance, which should ensure that the differences between the various brands and types of cars become even smaller. This Balance of Performance will be technically substantiated in such a way that all participants have equal opportunities. The combination of the legendary reliability of the Porsche 911 and the Balance of Performance makes the German sports car the perfect weapon for the national endurance championship.”
In a motorsport competition, the Balance of Performance ensures that cars with a diverse power source, design or drive deliver equivalent performance and are therefore evenly matched. The philosophy ensures exciting competitions in various endurance championships worldwide, with a multitude of brands, the basis of modern motorsport.
“In addition, we want to keep the notion of endurance as much as possible, so we leave the teams free in various other areas, such as pit stops and strategy,” said Rudi Penders. “Last but not least, we are very happy with the balanced calendar, consisting of five races on three different circuits. After the opener of the season at Circuit Zolder in mid-May, we head to Spa-Francorchamps in June for an evening race on Saturday and then it's on to the 24 Hours of Zolder on August 26 and 27, as the headliner of the Porsche Endurance Trophy Benelux and the Belcar Endurance Championship. The season then continues with a move to the German circuit of Oschersleben on September 24 and the final in Zolder on October 15. We will communicate about the starting field and the teams and drivers that we see at the start soon.”
In addition to the GTA class, a similar Balance of Performance will also be developed for the GTB class, but more news will follow in the near future.