What a debut in the Carrera Cup Benelux! During the Pinksterraces at Zandvoort I entered this racing series for the first time and I can rightly say we’ve hit the ground running. After a fine fourth place in the first race on Saturday, we managed to win the second race on Sunday. I’m very happy with our performance at Bas Koeten Racing and I can’t wait to go again!
Things have moved quickly in the last week. I was at the factory for the first time on Tuesday and met with the team. A day later, we performed the shakedown of the car and had a test to get used to the Porsche and prepare ourselves for the races in Zandvoort. I mainly had to get used to the lack of ABS but after a couple of laps, I could go flat out. We had a very successful first test and it gave us confidence for the upcoming weekend.
Free practice was going well, but due to varying circumstances, we weren’t able to put a good lap in. A red flag, traffic, all kinds of stuff worked against us. I mean, we knew the speed was fine but it would’ve been nice to see it on the timing screens. Luckily, we managed this in qualifying. A fine fourth place for the first race and a third for the second meant we could aim for a podium in both races.
The first race was on Saturday afternoon and was being driven on a drying track. Tricky circumstances but I managed to hold my own and brought home a good fourth place. Points at my debut, I’ll take that! It got better though, the second race on Sunday was on a dry track and I had one hell of a start to take the lead in the first corner. After a safety car period I could create a gap and controlled it to the finish to take my first win!
It’s amazing to win only my second race at the Carrera Cup Benelux. Also, Bas Koeten Racing did a great job to get everything ready so quickly and it’s great to be able to pay the team back with a victory.