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12H Zandvoort, Weekend Report, Herberth Porsche Takes The Win

Qualifying

The #30 Ram Racing Mercedes AMG GT3 set Pole Position for the 12H Zandvoort after Tom Onslow-Cole lapped the 4.307 kilometres circuit in the in 1:39.580.

The 2015 winners, the #10 Hofor-Racing Mercedes SLS AMG GT3), took second with a margin of 0.533 seconds completing a front row with the two generations of Mercedes’ GT3 cars.

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Marc Basseng put the Car Collection Motorsport Audi R8 LMS (#33, Horst Felbermayr Jr./Marc Basseng/Max Edelhoff/Peter Schmidt) into third place, missing the front row by 0.033 seconds. A further tenth down, the Precote Herberth Motorsport Porsche 991 GT3 R (#911, Daniel Allemann/Ralf Bohn/Robert Renauer/Alfred Renauer) completes the first two rows of the grid.

Qualifying was split into two sessions of 30 minutes each. The quicker cars out of the classes A6, 991, SP2, and SP3 went first. Classes TCR, A3, and A2 followed. The Car Collection Motorsport Audi with Marc Basseng led the first half. The session was then red flagged after Jeffrey Rademaker had crashed the euro auto sport BMW M3 (#237, Ruud Olij/Jeffrey Rademaker) in the last corner. The car will not be repaired for the race.

With seventh place overall, local driver Renger van der Zande moved the points-leading 991 class car, HRT Performance Porsche 991 Cup (#73, Fabian Engel/Stephen Borness/Kim André Hauschild/Renger van der Zande) into class Pole. Their teammates’ HRT Performance Porsche 991 Cup (#72, Rene Ogrocki/Artem Soloviev/Kim André Hauschild/Renger van der Zande) followed right behind.

It was also a Porsche 991 Cup car to lead the SP2 class. The Porsche Lorient Racing car (#65, Jean-François Demorge/Alain Demorge/Gilles Blasco/Frédéric Ancel) scored 14th place overall. Second and third came the LMS Engineering Audi TTRS2 (#206, Chris Tiger/Ulrich Andree/Stéphane Kox) and the Vortex V8 silhouette car (#203, Lionel Amrouche/Cyril Calmon/Amro Al-Hamad). The Vortex 1.0 is equipped with a V8 engine again after having used a Renault-Nissan V6 Turbo at the Touring Car Endurance Series debut at Silverstone five weeks ago.

The SP3 class was led by the RTR Projects KTM X-Bow GT4 (#224, Tomas Kwolek/Daniel Skalický/Maciej Dreszer/Naomi Schiff). Second came the 2015 class winner at Zandvoort, the Cor Euser Racing Lotus Evora GT4 (#70, Sam Allpass/Dom Bastien/Cor Euser). The JR Motorsport BMW M3 F80 Endurance (#103, Eric vd Munckhof/Daan Meijer) managed third place.

Team Bleekemolen were the unlucky fellows at Silverstone. But the Seat Leon Cup Racer (#127, Sebastiaan Bleekemolen/Melvin de Groot) fought back strongly with the quickest time in the TCR class. Their brand mates, the Red Camel-Jordans.nl Seat Leon Cup Racer (#303, Ivo Breukers/Rik Breukers) and the NKPP Racing Seat (#125, Gijs Bessem/Harry Hilders) completed the TCR grid.

With the first three cars separated by exactly one tenth, the A3 class featured a close fight at the top. Finally quickest was the points-leading Team Altran Peugeot 208 GTi (#208, Kim Holmgaard/Guillaume Roman/Stéphane Ventaja). The Vos-Veltman BMW M235i Cup Racer (#147, Remon Leonard Vos/Kevin Veltman) went into second position ahead of the second Team Altran Peugeot (#205, Thierry Boyer/Stéphane Cristinelli/Gonzalo Martin de Andres).

Class lead in the A2 went to the RKC/TMG Honda FD2-Civic Type-R (#99, Ricky Coomber/Thomas Gannon/David Drinkwater).

Several teams struggled in Qualifying and even before. The Massive Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 (#55, Casper Elgaard/Kristian Poulsen/Nicolai Sylvest/Roland Poulsen) deliberately only did one lap to safe time for gearbox repairs until the start. Casper Elgaard’s only run was good enough for fifth place. The Diesel-powered Dutch Saker GT TDI of HTM Racing (#222, Henk Thijssen/Monny Krant/Ton Verkoelen) could not participate in Qualifying due to electrical issues. Already in Free Practice at noon, the GDL team Asia Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo (#77, Lim Keong Liam/Khaled Al Mudhaf/Gianluca de Lorenzi) had crashed, did not manage to go out in Qualifying and might even be irreparable for the race.

The Hankook 12H ZANDVOORT consists of two sections, three hours run on Friday evening from 16.00 hrs. Then all cars go into Parc Fermé until a restart on Saturday morning at 09.20 hrs.

Race Part One, Hofor-Racing lead the way

The first three hours of the Hankook 12H Zandvoort saw the Hofor-Racing Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 (#9, Michael Kroll/Chantal Kroll/Kenneth Heyer/Bernd Küpper/Roland Eggimann) lead the field.

The cars stay in parc fermé overnight until Saturday morning at 09:20 hrs.

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The Precote Herberth Motorsport Porsche 991 GT3 R (#911, Daniel Allemann, Ralf Bohn, Robert Renauer, Alfred Renauer) came home second behind the Hofor AMG.

Next up came the Car Collection Motorsport Audi R8 LMS (#33, Horst Felbermayr Jr./Marc Basseng/Max Edelhoff/Peter Schmidt), the second Hofor-Racing Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 (#10, Michael Kroll/Chantal Kroll/Kenneth Heyer/Christian Frankenhout/Lance-David Arnold), and the Massive Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 (#55, Casper Elgaard/Kristian Poulsen/Nicolai Sylvest/Roland Poulsen). With the first three cars are still on the lead lap.

The order at the end of the three hours was strongly influenced by strategy decisions. Parc fermé rules apply until the race will be restarted. Except for the leading Mercedes, all the top five cars pitted in the closing stages to have fresh tyres and a huge load of fuel for tomorrow’s first stint. Meanwhile, the leading Hofor-Racing Mercedes went for track position opting for a stop soon after the restart tomorrow.

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The Ram Racing Mercedes AMG GT3 (#30, Tom Onslow-Cole/Paul White/Stuart Hall), that started from pole position, would be hampered by a ten-lap-penalty. On the penultimate lap, whilst running second, Paul White collided with a lapped Porsche and had to come to the pits for repairs, an infringement of the parc fermé rules.

Drama struck the 991 Porsche Cup class as well. The HRT Performance Porsche 991 Cup (#73, Fabian Engel/Stephen Borness/Kim André Hauschild/Renger van der Zande) lost the class lead after a spin on the penultimate lap to the MRS GT-Racing Porsche 991 Cup (#78, Charles Putman/Charles Espenlaub/Xavier Maassen).

Cor Euser (below) led the SP3 class in his Cor Euser Racing Lotus Evora GT4 (#70, Sam Allpass/Dom Bastien/Cor Euser) with a huge margin iat the beginning of the race. Occasionally, the Lotus dropped down to third. However, both JR Motorsport BMW, the M3 F80 Endurance (#103, Eric vd Munckhof/Daan Meijer) and the E90 (#102, Bob Herber/Steven Liquorish/Marting Lanting) suffered late problems and handed the lead back to Cor Euser Racing. One lap down was the Nova Race Ginetta G55 GT4 (#284, Luca Magnoni/Roberto Gentili/Michael Hofmann/Luca Rangoni), followed by the Tischner Motorsport BMW E46 M3 Coupe (#104, Michael Tischner/Matthias Tischner/Ulrich Becker).

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Despite a trip to the gravel bed at Tarzan Bocht, the NKPP Racing Seat Leon Cup Racer (#125, Gijs Bessem/Harry Hilders) managed to take the TCR class lead into the second part of the Hankook 12H ZANDVOORT. But the Red Camel-Jordans.nl Seat Leon Racer (#303, Ivo Breukers/Rik Breukers) is still on the same lap. The Team Bleekemolen Seat Leon Cup Racer (#127, Sebastiaan Bleekemolen/Melvin de Groot) already four laps down.

The championship leaders of the Team Altran Peugeot 208 GTi (#208, Kim Holmgaard/Guillaume Roman/Stéphane Ventaja) led the A3 class with a two-lap-margin. The second Team Altran Peugeot 208 GTi (#205, Thierry Boyer/Stéphane Cristinelli/Gonzalo Martin de Andres) second place in class. The Sorg Rennsport BMW M235i Racing Cup car (#151, Maciej Dreszer/Kevin Warum/Heiko Eichenberg) finished on the same lap.

The Team K-Rejser Peugeot RCZ (#171, Jacob Kristensen/Jan Engelbrecht/Jens Mølgaard) took over the class lead in A2 after having left from second on the grid. The RKC/TGM Honda FD2-Civic Type-R, that had started from pole position, came home in second place. Third was the Team Sally Racing Renault Clio Cup III (#172, Martin Sally Pedersen/Peter Obel/Mads Christensen/Jannik Larsen).

Race Part Two Sees Win for Precote Herberth Motorsport Porsche

With a remarkable four-lap-margin, the Precote Herberth Motorsport Porsche 991 GT3 R (#911, Daniel Allemann/Ralf Bohn/Robert Renauer/Alfred Renauer) won the Hankook 12H ZANDVOORT, the fourth round of the 2016 24H SERIES powered by Hankook.

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476 laps on the 4.307 kilometres circuit in the Dutch dunes equal a total distance of 2,050.132 kilometres. After Mercedes had locked out the first four positions in the 2015 edition, three different manufacturers were present on this year’s podium. The Massive Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 (#55, Casper Elgaard/Kristian Poulsen/Nicolai Sylvest/Roland Poulsen) scored second place. A further four laps down, the Hofor-Racing Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 (#10, Michael Kroll/Chantal Kroll/Kenneth Heyer/Christiaan Frankenhout/Lance-David Arnold) came home third after their victory in the past year.

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After the intervention after three hours yesterday, the remaining nine hours were driven under even warmer conditions. The Precote Herberth Motorsport Porsche was the only A6 class car to overcome the second part without major issues. Finally, Ralf Bohn drove the Porsche over the line to take the victory. Slight electrical problems thwarted the Massive Motorsport Aston Martin’s ambitions to fight for the win. The Hofor-Racing Mercedes’ efforts to replicate last year’s win came short due to time loss throughout the race, caused by refuelling problems.

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The Ram Racing Mercedes AMG GT3 (#30, Tom Onslow-Cole/Paul White/Stuart Hall) managed to score fourth place, despite the ten-lap-penalty they received after the first part of the race. In the last hour, Tom Onslow-Cole tried everything to catch up to Kenneth Heyer in third place, shrinking the gap to one lap. The car finished nine laps down on the winner.

The HRT Performance Porsche 991 Cup (#73, Fabian Engel/Stephen Borness/Kim André Hauschild/Renger van der Zande) led the 991 class after the resumption, but quit with four hours still to go. HRT Performance was still lucky as the sister car (#72, Rene Ogrocki/Artem Soloviev/Kim André Hauschild/Renger van der Zande) took the win. The APO Sport Porsche 991 Cup (#68, Alex Osborne/James May/Paul May) became second in class ahead of the B2F compétition Porsche 991 Cup (#35, Benoit Fretin/Bruno Fretin/Michel Mitieus). The MRS GT-Racing Porsche 991 Cup (#78, Charles Putman/Charles Espenlaub/Xavier Maassen) crossed the finish line in front, but was later excluded as scrutineering revealed that the car didn’t comply with the technical regulations.

The LMS Engineering Audi TTRS2 (#206, Chris Tiger/Ulrich Andree/Stéphane Kox) managed to stay ahead of two Porsche in the SP2 ranking. Two laps behind the leader, the Porsche Lorient Racing Porsche 991 Cup (#64, Philippe Polette/Frédéric Lelievre/Pascal Gibon) took second position ahead of the Speedlover Porsche 991 Cup (#84, Pierre-Yves Paque/Philippe Richard). Handling the twelve-hour-distance with two drivers only, the points-leading SP2 crew finished seven laps behind the winner.

In the TCR class, the NKPP Racing Seat Leon Cup Racer (#125, Gijs Bessem/Harry Hilders/Bas Koeten) stayed on top clearly. Being 13th overall, NKPP Racing built up a margin of 22 laps towards the second-placed Team Bleekemolen Seat Leon Cup Racer (#127, Sebastiaan Bleekemolen/Melvin de Groot). The remaining Red Camel-Jordans.nl Seat Leon Cup Racer (#303, Ivo Breukers/Rik Breukers) lost much time due to suspension repairs.

The Tischner Motorsport BMW E46 M3 Coupe (#104, Michael Tischner/Matthias Tischner/Ulrich Becker) brought home a four-lap-lead in the SP3 class. Second was the Nova Race Ginetta G55 GT4 (#284, Luca Magnoni/Roberto Gentili/Michael Hofmann/Luca Rangoni) ahead of the RIMO Honda Civic (#143, Rimantas Blazulionis/Robertas Kupcikas/Martynas Samuitis).

The championship-leading Team Altran Peugeot 208 GTi (#208, Kim Holmgaard/Guillaume Roman/Stéphane Ventaja) led to the victory in the A3 class ahead of their sister car. The second Team Altran Peugeot 208 GTi (#205, Thierry Boyer/Stéphane Cristinelli/Gonzalo Martin de Andres) finished two laps down. A further lap behind, the Sorg Rennsport BMW M235i Racing Cup car (#151, Maciej Dreszer/Kevin Warum/Heiko Eichenberg) reached third spot.

In the A2 class, the RKC/TGM Honda FD2-Civic Type-R (#99, Ricky Coomber/Thomas Gannon/David Drinkwater) fought its way back to the top and remitted the Team K-Rejser Peugeot RCZ (#171, Jacob Kristensen/Jan Engelbrecht/Jens Mølgaard), that had taken over the lead yesterday, into second place with a one-lap-margin. Third was the Team Sally Racing Renault Clio Cup III (#172, Martin Sally Pedersen/Peter Obel/Mads Christensen/Jannik Larsen).

COMBINED RACE RESULT >>