- PETB goes to Hockenheim with no less than five Porsche 992 GT3 Cups
- De Breucker - Van Laere - Vandekerckhove win in the GTB class with the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport
- Next appointment at Spa-Francorchamps in barely 14 days!
Hockenheim was the venue for the Porsche Endurance Trophy, barely two weeks after the opener of the season at Circuit Zolder and also just two weeks before the next race, in another fourteen days in the Belgian Ardennes. Of course the national endurance championship was the theater of this second appointment and it was again… a real sprint of 180 minutes with a second victory for the team of Belgium Racing and the duo Dylan Derdaele and Nicolas Saelens. They certainly did not receive the victory as a gift! Of course they also remain the leaders in the points position.
The Porsche Endurance Trophy has the wind in its sails, because in addition to the three Porsche 911, two 992 GT3 Cup and one 991 GT3 Cup, from Belgium Racing and the 992 GT3 Cup from Red Ant Racing, we also saw two Porsche 992 GT3 Cups in Germany. for Q1 Trackracing by EMG. They made the German displacement of the Porsche Endurance Trophy with some famous names from the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux. For example, Jan Lauryssen took place next to Filip Teunkens and Nicolas Vandierendonck did it with Dirk Schouten. Of course, the Red Ant Racing Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport was also present, with in addition to the duo Van Laere-Vandekerckhove, the young Kobe De Breucker who was ready to make his debut in the competition.
During the qualifications the pole position was narrow for Ayrton Redant, for Jan Lauryssen who confirmed all the good things about him in the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux in the longer work. Dylan Derdaele sprinted to third place at barely three tenths of a second, in turn chased by Dirk Schouten. Koen and Kris Wauters closed the top 5, ahead of Glenn Paenen and Jan Ooms, of course in the slightly older Porsche 991 GT3 Cup. Red Ant Racing's Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport was the fastest in the GTB class.
"This is good after our difficult first race in Zolder," said the young Ayrton Redant, who kept the pack behind in the chrono stages. “But it's a 180-minute race so it won't be decided in qualifying. Moreover, the weather for tomorrow, Sunday, is uncertain, so a good strategy will play an important role! ”
The round itself
After three hours - dry - racing on Sunday, half a minute determined the win and difference in the Porsche Endurance Trophy. After a solid start, national endurance champion Dylan Derdaele took the lead, but the red-red 911 of the Red Ant family, with his brother Yannick and father Bert in addition to Ayrton, never yielded much. The pressure remained on Belgium Racing's cauldron, but in the end details made the difference and the victory went to the team from Lommel, ahead of the closest competition. The battle for places three and four was a fraternal battle between the two Porsche of Q1-Trackracing by EMG, where the verdict was in the final phase of the race. Dirk Schouten and Jan Lauryssen were well matched, but in the end it was Schouten who secured the last step on the podium with a five-second bonus. Koen and Kris Wauters were also not far off, they finished fifth at less than a minute and a half from the podium. The sixth place was for the duo Paenen-Ooms.
“Ofcourse I am satisfied”, Dylan Derdaele said on the podium. “This is already the fourth victory of the season with the all-new Porsche 992 GT3 Cup, after previous victories in the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux and in the first moto of this championship. Bring on Spa! ”
Victory in GTB went to Red Ant Racing's Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport.
On 5 and 6 June there will be another race in the Porsche Endurance and then the place of appointment will be Spa-Francorchamps for another 180 minutes of exciting competition.