What a weekend for WRT Audi driver Laurens Vanthoor! The young Belgian ace took a victory and a second place in the third weekend of the 2013 FIA GT Series and is now strongly leading in the FIA GT Series championship standings. Together with his Monegasque teammate Stéphane Ortelli, Laurens Vanthoor, will be defending his first place in 6 weeks time on the Slowakia Ring for the fourth round of the International GT Series.

Championship leaders Laurens Vanthoor and Stéphane Ortelli had a rather satisfying qualifying and started the race from third on the grid for the first race of the weekend.

“Zandvoort is not the most easy track for overtaking, so third is OK, however a good start is required”, Vanthoor commented on Saturday morning. “I will take the start and Stéphane will finish this first race, so let’s await the outcome.”

#11 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS ultra: Stéphane Ortelli, Laurens Vanthoor
#11 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS ultra: Stéphane Ortelli, Laurens Vanthoor

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After 60 minutes of intense fighting and racing, Laurens Vanthoor and Stéphane Ortelli clinched victory in the Qualifying Race at Circuit Park Zandvoort, during the third round of the 2013 FIA GT Series at the legendary Dutch seaside circuit. The #11 WRT Audi R8 LMS crossed the line with Stéphane Ortelli battling on through to the last seconds of a hard fought race.

Laurens Vanthoor: “I think I took a good start, I had René behind me and we were helping each other. But suddenly the McLaren appeared on the inside and I had nowhere to go. Then everything went fine but following Safety Car I was struggling a fair amount. It was very difficult to drive. To be honest we did not have the pace to win so I am very happy that we actually won. We now have to sit together and see how we can improve the car, to be even better tomorrow, because Sunday’s race has so many more points to offer!”

The race on Sunday finished with a second spot of the podium, after a race where little changed throughout the 60 minutes on the North Sea track.

Laurens Vanthoor: “Following another great pitstop performed by WRT Audi, I just missed the leading car by a few seconds. From that moment on, our lap times were almost identical and it was impossible to get closer to the car in front. We are now halfway through the championship and points are becoming ever more important, so we ensured those 18 units instead of taking too many risks. We’re happy with the points and look forward to the race in Slowakia in mid- August!”

Vanthoor-Ortelli now have 70 units, 10 more than their team mates Frank Stippler and Edward Sandström and 17 more than the third placed car.

Laurens Vanthoor