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Under a bright sun and with a numerous of audience, Maxime Soulet and Marc Goossens won the opening race of the Belcar Endurance Championship in the ProSpeed Competition Porsche 911 GT3-R at Circuit Zolder in Belgium.

At 11.00 pm the light jumped to green for the first time season for the start of the GT’s and touring cars of the Belcar Endurance Championship for a race of 180 minutes. After a few laps a beautiful quartet had formed in the front of the field led by Bert Longin (Audi), continue with Marc Goossens (Porsche), Anthony Kumpen (Mercedes) and Francois Verbist (Audi). Behind them followed in a short distance by both the Aston Martin’s. Goossens took the lead after 30 minutes, but the difference from his three pursuers remained low.

The differences in the top-3 remained low for some time and it seemed like we would get a final sprint to the finish, until 20 minutes before the end the KRK Racing Mercedes from Kumpen and Wauters came to rest with a loose wheel.
In front it was the ProSPeed Competition Porsche with Goossens and Soulet who won the first race with 26 seconds before the Audi of Longin and Maassen. Third place was for the Aston Martin with Hooydonk and Verbergt, who raced half a race without a coupling.

Porsche also won the battle in the GT Open, with a top-3 for the German manufacture. Patric and Dylan Derdaele finally made it, thanks to a late splash and dash of the Level Racing Porsche of Bert Redant and Chris Mattheus.  The Speedlover Porsche 997 of Maarten Makelberge and Lars Kern finished in a third place.
The next race of the Belcar Endurance Championship is next weekend on the 24th of April again at Circuit Zolder, together with the WTCC.

Text and Images Michael Tange www.MTange.nl