• Third meeting for Porsche Sprint Trophy Benelux in Spa-Francorchamps
• John de Wilde leads in the standings for the Cup Division
• Pursuers are looking for revenge halfway through the season
A few hours before the start of the third meeting of the championship, the participants of the Porsche Sprint Trophy Benelux are eager to see what they can do. And with good reason! This weekend, as support act for the 25 Hours VW Fun Cup in Spa-Francorchamps, they can get into action on the most beautiful circuit in the world. The program includes almost 200 minutes of track time, including two 25-minute sprints and a 55-minute Long Race. A matter of being able to enjoy the Ardennes circuit to the fullest!
There is a good chance that the three races will be hard fought. After the third of five meetings scheduled for this year, the season is just over halfway through. So title candidates can no longer afford to make mistakes.
As leader in the standings, John de Wilde (Speedlover) can extend his lead this weekend. However, he is well aware that this will not be an easy task, because all opponents want to keep their chances of the title intact. Among them are Lucas van Eijndhoven (JW Raceservice). At the previous meeting in Zandvoort, the young Dutchman lived up to the high expectations and won both the first sprint race and the Long Race. Can he come out as strong in Spa-Francorchamps? After all, Gilles Smits (Speedlover) also wants to put himself in the spotlight on a route that he knows through and through! The man from Wavre already won a race in Zolder this year, and is a serious threat to his teammate in the standings.
However, surprises are an integral part of motorsport and therefore also of the Porsche Sprint Trophy Benelux. Whether it's Jos Jansen (JJ Racing) or Wim Meulders, both drivers already managed to finish in the top 3 this year. So they should definitely be watched, just like the debut of the Dutch gentleman driver Marcel van Berlo (Bas Koeten Racing). Glenn and Kay's father already has some experience with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, gained in endurance racing, and can therefore become a candidate for the podium places.
In the Clubsport Division, Benjamin Paque is making his comeback, having previously logically prioritized his school exams. The 16-year-old from Liège can continue his apprenticeship at the wheel of the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport from the Speedlover workshops in a prestigious setting.
The drivers are ready, the engines may roar! After two free practice sessions, the qualifications will take place on Friday (1.35 pm - 2.10 pm). A few hours later (5:15 pm) the start of the first race of the weekend is already given. The second sprint race is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m., the Long Race will be finished at 2 p.m.