The Vanthoor brothers confirm their status in international endurance racing with victories at the Nürburgring and Sebring | Motorsports
MotorsportsIt was an unexpected motorsport weekend for the Vanthoor brothers from Hasselt. The youngest, Dries, together with another Belgian, Maxime Martin, won the first endurance race at the legendary Nurburgring. Lawrence took his second GTV class victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring, round two of the American Endurance Championship.
Halfway through the season, Dries Vanthoor, along with the Belgian champion WRT team, moved from Audi to BMW and the new collaboration came to Limburger. Earlier this season, Dries and WRT had already won the 24 Hours of Dubai and the first round of the World GT Championship in Kyalami, South Africa. This weekend Dries Vanthoor defended the BMW colors with German Rowe Racing.
“The car was and remains a BMW M4 GT3 and I drove it with one of my colleagues from within WRT, Maxime Martin,” said Dries Vanthoor. “It was the first race of the Nürburgring Endurance Series and it went great. We started from third place and won the race. But it was definitely not an easy win.” Added desiccants. “I had to push on the last lap. Luckily I also got to use the traffic on the track. The car was really cool and the team did a really great job.”
Meanwhile in Florida
Meanwhile, Laurens Vanthoor has been having a very busy weekend at Sebring. On Friday, the two older brothers competed in the first race of the World Endurance Championship, the 1000 Miles of Sebring, in the all-new prototype Porsche 963. After a rather tough race, they finished sixth. The 12 Hours of Sebring, on Saturday, was followed by the second race of the American Endurance Championship, but with a GT car, the Porsche 911 GT3R from Pfaff of America. Together with teammates Klaus Bachler and Patrick Pilet, he rode from last to first after problems in qualifying. It was Vanthoor’s tenth win with the team and his second victory at Sebring. Laurens Vanthoor was also the fastest man in the car in both races. At the end of April we will see Laurens Vanthoor at the World Cup in Spa-Francorchamps.
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