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24 HOURS OF ZOLDER - REVIEW
Sunday, 09 September 2012 16:30

PROSPEED AND PORSCHE ALSO BEAT THE DISTANCE RECORD

ZOLDER (B) – The overall highlight of these 24 Hours of Zolder 2012 was undoubtedly the fierce duel between the winning car and the “Goossens-Soulet-Redant-Bouvy” quartet. The most difficult endurance race in Europe came to its conclusion at the end of Sunday morning. The intense pace and the overwhelming heat hovering over the Limburg circuit were two factors that considerably increased the brake wear, which required more frequent changing. Up until then the Porsche 911 GT3-R in the colours of Century 21-Alcra Flash-Spike Communications had dominated the race. After an epic 24 hours the German GT finally finished second… and at the same time beating the record for the number of laps completed.

Rudi Penders (Team Principal):

“What a brilliant race as from Sunday morning, when as dawn broke we forced our main rivals to take on a far more aggressive tactic than the one they had wished for. I’m delighted for the entire team. The Porsche we entered in this fearsome event, probably the most demanding in Europe, was a concentrated blend of all the “ProSpeed” experience. Once again our Porsche 911 GT3-R proved to be reliable, economical and performed well. In that we have retained all the qualities of a standard series Porsche 911. The proof? We have beaten the distance record held by the super high performance muscle cars of the GT1 category. “The Battle”, we didn’t lose it!”

Marc Goossens (Porsche 911 GT3-R #75 - Driver):

“Over and above all I would like to congratulate my teammates, and especially Bert Redant. Throughout we didn’t make a single mistake. We honestly gave it our all… and we pushed the car to its limit. The race came down to one detail, namely the wear and tear of the brakes. Congratulations to the winners."

Maxime Soulet (Porsche 911 GT3-R #75 - Driver):

“Such a race… a real delight. There are so many satisfying matters that we could easily forget the foremost reward. The frantic pace of the race, the intense heat in the cockpit, the perfect pitstops, no, with all that it’s impossible to be disappointed. There were two teams out to clinch victory, but only one could claim the laurels.”

Bert Redant (Porsche 911 GT3-R #75 - Driver):

“The moment when I took over the lead is one I won’t forget for a long time! This is the first time that this has happened to me during the 24 Hours of Zolder. It was pure magic. I truly believe that that we did justice to the sport as also to all those who believed in our challenge, with Century 21 and SRM Mahy in the first place.”

Frédéric Bouvy (Porsche 911 GT3-R #75 - Driver):

"I joined the team at the last minute, and in all honesty I don’t regret it. I love repeating it enviously for my partner, Berghen Shoes, yes I took a delightful walk through hell. Both at the wheel of this fabulous 911 GT3-R, as also within the team. Rudi Penders and Luc Goris manage the team in a both sporting and truly professional manner. Thanks guys!”

 

INFORMATION
Name:  24 Hours of Zolder (Belgium)
Date: September 8th & 9th 2012
Car: Porsche 911 GT3-R
Crew: Marc Goossens, Maxime Soulet, Bert Redant & Frédéric Bouvy (B/B/B/B)
Partners: Century 21 - Alcra Flash - Spike Communications – Berghen Shoes – SRM Mahy – Profile Tyrecenter
Team partners: Alcra Flash – CPL Trans – Penders Porsche Centre Liège - Spike

Results
1. Sandström-Vanthoor-Kumpen-Bonanomi (Audi R8 LMS Ultra) 860 laps
2. Goossens-Soulet-Redant-Bouvy (Porsche 911 GT3-R) +5 laps
3. Derdaele-Thiers-Thiers-DeLaet-Derdaele (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup) +60 laps
4. Retera-Vanthoor-Bailly-Brutschin (Radical SR3 RS) +65 laps
5. Marchal-Haane-Schreurs-Wauters (Wolf GB08) +80 laps

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