· Ariel Levi (Team GP Elite) leads the Sport classification after two new victories at the Portuguese circuit of Estoril.
· Robert Sulma (Proton Huber Competition) and Philippe Wils (Speedlover) keep the title fight exciting in the Club division.
Estoril, February 6, 2024. The second season of the Porsche Sprint Challenge Southern Europe is progressing quickly. After the opening races in Portimão a week ago, the protagonists of the winter competition went to another Portuguese circuit that once hosted F1, Estoril. Once again, two races were on the programme in both divisions, meaning the season is now halfway through. Sportingly, the competition remains wide open, with six different winners this weekend, after races once again fiercely contested and beautiful, regardless of the level of classification. Next meeting in three weeks in Valencia, Spain.
“The results after two consecutive weekends in Portugal are certainly positive, and we note above all that the sporting level is particularly high”, comments Lars Plato, Series Manager. “We are only just entering the second season of the Porsche Sprint Challenge Southern Europe and the arrival of many young drivers eager to prepare for their Porsche Supercup season takes the competition to the next level. We are therefore looking forward to the second half of the season, which will take place in Spain, with races in Valencia and Barcelona."
Sport Division: Ariel Levi leads at halfway point
During the first race at Estoril, Ariel Levi (Team GP Elite) beat the German Sebastian Freymuth (Proton Huber Competition) and the young Dutch hopeful Senna van Soelen (Team RaceArt), at the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup - Type 992. Another young Dutchman, Jules Grouwels (Team RaceArt), distinguished himself in the PRO-AM category by winning ahead of the Estonian Alexander Reimann (EST1 Racing) and the German Christof Langer (ID Racing).
During the second race, victory also went to Ariel Levi, still ahead of Sebastian Freymuth and a Swede, Robin Knutsson (WestCoast Racing), with intelligent driving. In the PRO-AM category, Alexander Reimann and Jules Grouwels swapped podium positions, with Christof Langer once again taking third place.
In the overall championship standings, Ariel Levi is now in the lead with 184 points, ahead of German drivers Alexander Tauscher (Proton Huber Competition) and Sebastian Freymuth, who have 114 and 110 points respectively. Levi is obviously also leader in the Pro class, while Jules Grouwels leads in PRO-AM at the mid-season mark.
Club Division: Wils and Sulma in AM Class, Seb Hopkins in GT4
The Club Division also put on a great show, with the victories of Philippe Wils (Speedlover) in Race 1 and Robert Sulma (Proton Huber Competition) in Race 2, Sulma finishing Race 1 in 2nd position, and Wils doing the same in Race 2. Didier Glorieux (Speedlover) and Javier Ripoll Jr (EST1 Racing) shared third places. In the GT4 category, the two victories went to Seb Hopkins (Team Parker Racing), twice ahead of Henk van Norel (Snel Motorsport) and Graham King (WDP Racing).
If we look at the Club Division standings, Philippe Wils and Robert Sulma are perfectly tied with 154 points, ahead of Seb Hopkins, the leader of the GT4 Class.
See you on February 23 and 24 in Valencia for the third round of the Porsche Sprint Challenge Southern Europe 2024.