After a first successful season in GT racing, Belgian Audi driver Laurens Vanthoor (21), will again race in the WRT Audi R8 LMS. His 2013 season contains the Blancpain Endurance Series, the FIA GT Series, some races of the German VLN and the Nürburgring 24 Hours. Laurens Vanthoor stays with the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT and has very high hopes for the upcoming season.
In 2013 Laurens Vanthoor will have limited free weekends. He will be at the start in the Blancpain Endurance Series, the FIA GT Series, some races of the German VLN and the Nürburgring 24 Hours. But the most important element of the new season is Laurens Vanthoor now being an official Audi Sport works driver in GT. “I’m really pleased with the recognition I get from Audi”, comments Vanthoor. “It’s now Audi who determines my program and I think it’s a big step for me in my career. Of course I’m proud to be member of a magnificent Audi family and I hope that this is the start of a new and tremendous adventure.”
Laurens Vanthoor: “The FIA GT Series is the World GT1’s successor. We still race twice per weekend over 60 minutes, which means proper sprint racing. It goes without saying that the cars remain the proven GT3. Stéphane Ortelli (MC) and I will again be racing together, as we did last year and I think we have the right to be ambitious. We know each other well, we gained important experience last year, the race format remains unchanged and WRT Audi is still a bulletproof team.”
The FIA GT Series Calendar counts six meetings, kicking off during on the Easter weekend in Nogaro. The Belgian meeting will be held on the 20th and 21st of April in Zolder.
The Blancpain Endurance Series also hardly changes. “It’s still retains the same endurance format with 3 races over 3 hours, one 24-hours race and one meeting over 1000 kilometres. It’s obvious that strategy will be very important, as it always is with this type of competition. My teammates will be Stéphane Ortelli and German René Rast, who won the Spa 24 Hours last year. In fact, the Blancpain Endurance Series offers us two challenges; first of all the championship, but in addition the legendary 24 Hours of Spa, a race every endurance and GT driver wants to win. I won Zolder last year and I’m fully aware that winning a 24-hours race is tremendous.”
Last but not least, Laurens Vanthoor will be racing on probably the most legendary track in the world, the German Nürburgring. “I’ll do two races of the VLN, the German endurance championship on the famous race track, the Green Hell. It’s in fact a preparation for the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring, to be held on the 19th and 20th of May. My teammates there will be Christopher Haase, Christopher Mies and Edward Sandström. Given the specific race conditions, the very special track and all the other elements that make this race unique, I prefer to be modest about my ambitions. Let’s just wait and see …”