Porsche takes P2-P6 in the overall standings of the 44th edition of the 24 Hours of Zolder
Porsche Motorsport safety standards highlighted
Circuit Zolder, August 14, 2022. The 44th edition of the 24 Hours of Zolder was also the fourth round of the Porsche Endurance Trophy Benelux. Q1 Trackracing won the race with a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – type 992 – with the foursome Tommy Rau, Jan Lauryssen, Filip Teunkens and the Frenchman Florian Latorre, a habitué of the various Porsche competitions. The foursome was six laps faster than Belgium Racing and Russell Racing by NGT Racing, who fought for silver and bronze until the finish and were separated by just two seconds. Tip Top Rent won the battle under the Porsche Cayman GT4. The next races of the Porsche Endurance Trophy Benelux will take place on September 18 at the Nürburgring.
The 44th edition of the 24 Hours of Zolder may have become the toughest ever. At temperatures of more than 40 degrees on the asphalt, the 24 hours of racing took place and that became a test for man and machine. More than 25,000 spectators witnessed an exciting match, with unexpected twists and a lot of action.
The battle in the Porsche Endurance Trophy Benelux was one between the most renowned Porsche teams in Belgium, with RedAnt Racing, Speedlover, Belgium Racing and Q1 Trackracing. The latter team saw its efforts rewarded with a hard-fought victory, which also secured second place overall in the race itself, just three laps from the winner.
Nicolas Vandierendonck (Team Manager Q1 Track Racing):
“I am very happy with the result of our young team. In a very short period of time we got a group of people ready to achieve this together. Both our Porsche 911 GT3 Cup - Type 992 - ran like clockwork and where we took the victory in the Porsche Endurance Trophy Benelux with the car of Tommy Rau, Jan Lauryssen, Filip Teunkens and Florian Latorre, we unfortunately lost the other 911 ( Ortelli-Van Laere-Cordeel-Vandervelde-Paque), who was also at the front due to a racing incident. I am proud of my teams and the Porsche has once again proved to be a very thorough and fast racing car.”
“Just not”, was the reaction of Jeffrey van Hooydonk after the finish. The Antwerp driver was barely two seconds behind Marc Goossens, another big name in Belgian motorsport, and that in the battle for second place. Goossens did it in his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – type 992 – with Michiel Haverans, Rodrigue Gillion and Nico Verdonck, while Van Hooydonk shared his car with the brothers Hans and Frank Thiers, Christoff Corten and Stijn Lowette. Fourth and fifth place were again for Belgium Racing (Heyer-Derdaele-Geris-Cool) and RedAnt Racing (Redant-Redant-Redant-Dejonghe).
The battle between the two Porsche Cayman GT4s turned out in favor of the Tip Top Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 of Peters-Van den Bergh-De Cock-Van Laere-Lancksweerd, ahead of the VR Racing car with father and son Van Rompuy, Erik Qvick and Erik Bruynoghe.
During the race we also lost a few Porsche after accidents, “but once again it turned out that in addition to speed and reliability, safety is also a key element in Porsche's philosophy when building and developing racing cars,” said Rudi Penders, on behalf of Porsche Endurance Trophy Benelux.
The next race will take place on September 18 at the Nürburgring in Germany.