Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux

Kay van Berlo wins at Carrera Cup Benelux debut

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.

Kay van Berlo enters Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux

Starting next week, I’ll be driving in the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux. After a successful season in, among others, LMP3 in the European and Asian Le Mans Series, this is a great new step in my racing career. I’m expecting to make a new step in my learning curve as a driver.

It certainly won’t be the first time I’ll be taking place behind the steering wheel of the Porsche. I’ve driven this wonderful car in the past multiple times. It’s a great and tricky car to drive, very soft in the suspension. It’ll be an evolution in my driving style because the Porsche demands a certain way of driving. That’s great because I’m here to become a more complete driver.

The first weekend I’ll take part in, will be during the Pinksterraces at Zandvoort. Zandvoort is a real old school track and of course my home race. Zandvoort’s new status of a Formula 1 Grand Prix track is also pretty cool. I’m very much looking forward to it.

I’ll be using the coming races to learn and to achieve my personal goals. De Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux feels like the perfect environment to develop myself and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

Apart from Zandvoort, I’ll be driving all the races on the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux calendar:

  • 7-9 June: Zandvoort
  • 19-21 July: Assen
  • 13-15 September: Nürburgring
  • 28-29 September: Barcelona