The Belcar Endurance Championship started off with a 180 minutes race at Circuit Zolder and as was the case last season ProSpeed Competition finished with a brilliant victory. The RoundUp duo Marc Goossens and MaximeSoulet had previously announced that the title was their ambition and with this recent victory they have completed the first round of their ambition. Once again the CPL-Trans Porsche 911 GT3-R was a paragon of reliability and speed, which should be a good omen for the second race of the season, in two weeks time once again at Circuit Zolder (Belgium).
During the free practice and qualifying sessions Marc Goossens and Maxime Soulet in thePorsche 911 GT3-R concentrated on two different angles. On the one hand the duo were looking for perfect grid position for the race and on the other to prepare the car as perfectly as possible for a race which would last three hours. Goossens took the start in third spot, and after half an hour was able to grab the lead in the ProSpeed Competition Porsche 911 GT3-R and never relinquish it. After 180 minutes Marc Goossens and Maxime Soulet finally crossed the line as overall winners.
Once again the team was brilliant. The Porsche GT3-R ran exceptionally well, allowing us to make the difference on the track. But, the strategy and the pit stops were more than perfect. You can’t win and endurance race with merely pure speed, all the parts of the puzzle have to fit perfectly and that’s what happened today. We can honestly state that we have the most run-in team of the Belcar Endurance Championship. This result should motivate us to be back up front in a couple of week’s time. I’m also more than delighted with this victory following the bad luck we experienced last week in France.
Marc took a sensible start checked out the competition from his third place and then reacted at the right moment. On top of that he handed over a perfect car and I was able to complete the team’s work. This is a great way in which to kick off the season.
Rudi Penders (Team Principal):
We were somewhat taken aback by the intrinsic speed of the SLS and the R8 LMS during the qualifying sessions, however the Porsche 911 proved to be better over long distance. I’m delighted with the weekend, we needed to register a good result and that’s exactly what we did.