- The new competition confirms the good start in Valencia with very successful second round in Portimao
- Next round in Barcelona is immediately the finale of the Porsche Sprint Challenge Southern Europe 2023 season
This weekend in Portimao, Portugal, the participants of the brand new Porsche Sprint Challenge Southern Europe completed their second race weekend. This second round of the winter competition was a worthy extension of the first round, at the end of January in Valencia, with great racing and a great atmosphere both on and off the track. Josh Stanton, Thomas Kangro and Robert de Haan were the winners of the weekend in the Algarve. The third and final meeting of the Porsche Sprint Challenge Southern Europe 2023 will take place on 25 and 26 February on the prestigious Barcelona F1 circuit.
The philosophy of the Porsche Sprint Challenge Southern Europe is clear: to offer great motorsport at a time when the majority of racing in Europe is in a deep hibernation. The second meeting was completely in line with the start at the end of January and teams, drivers and organization returned home from the circuit with a great feeling.
Series Manager Lars Plato couldn't help but be pleased:
“It was a good weekend, which went without any problems. We had time to grow further and the arrival of a new team, the German HP Racing International, also proves that the Porsche Sprint Challenge Southern Europe is already making its mark. Incidentally, we are getting new teams in Barcelona, with well-known structures from Italy and France. There were also new names among the drivers in Portimao, including regular guests from the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux, Ad Geerts and Jeroen Kreeft. In Barcelona we will also receive new guests in that area. In short, the series is growing and I think we can immediately build on this basis for next season, but first of course our final in Barcelona on February 25 and 26.”
Robert de Haan again shows his talent, Benjamin Paque insists
The races were of course again the highlight of a weekend with a lot of driving time and in the Sport Division, reserved for Pro and Pro-Am drivers, it was once again the young Dutchman Robert de Haan in the colors of Richardson Racing who showed what he had to offer. de Haan cam in first twice, with a young Belgian talent in his wake, Benjamin Paque from August by NGT, claimed silver twice. Britain's Adam Smalley (Team Parker Racing) and Flynt Schuring (Huber Racing) each finished third on the podium for race one and two respectively.
Of course, the Pro-Am drivers also put up a great battle, with minor differences at the finish of race 1 between Lin Hodenius (Team GP Elite), Horst Felix Felbermayr (Huber Racing) and Janne Stiak (ID Racing). The descendant of the well-known racing family Felbermayr then won the second race ahead of Sacha Norden (Team GP Elite) and the winner of the first race at Portimao, Lin Hodenius.
In the Club Division we had two different winners in the AM division, with Josh Stanton (Huber Racing) ahead of Michel Arfman (Team GP Elite) and Thomas Kangro (Porsche Estonia) in the first round, while the fast Estonian took the second race ahead of Robert Sulma (Huber Racing) and first round winner Josh Stanton. Finally, Joe Warhurst (Team Parker Racing) was fastest twice in the GT4 category.
Next appointment of the Porsche Sprint Challenge Southern Europe for a full program with many test opportunities in addition to the competitions on February 25 and 26 in Barcelona!
More info: www.sprintchallengesoutherneurope.com