ZANDVOORT / VEENENDAAL (October 9, 2016) – Racing Team Holland by Ekris Motorsport, the racing season in the European GT4 Championship ended in sensational fashion. During the traditional Finale Races at Circuit Park Zandvoort achieved Rob Severs and Simon Knap a stunning victory in the final race of the season. It was the first victory of the new Ekris M4 GT4. It looked for a long time that Bernhard van Oranje and Ricardo van der Ende with the biggest trophies were going to the stroke, but Van der Ende was touched from behind in the final round from leadership by another participant. Van der Ende and van Oranje accompanied their teammates as second on the podium. In the first race the duo finished even second. Severs and Knap achieved when a third. The four podium finishes during the season finale Racing Team Holland results in the vice-championship for teams.
After races in Italy, France, Britain, Belgium and Hungary was held the season finale of the European GT4 Championship at Circuit Park Zandvoort. Racing Team Holland did Saturday its home advantage in qualifying to put in a full orange row for the second race.
Ricardo van der Ende and Bernhard van Oranje “Nice ending with good atmosphere and a great result ‘
The first game captured the Holland Racing Team riders on Sunday morning from a promising position. Ricardo van der Ende picked up after a good start to maintain the lead and managed to the pit are free views. “I had a good start and was able to equal the address line. I had Duncan Huisman after me, but racing for so many years with him, I know his tricks out of my head. I could hold the lead until the pit stop. Bernhard nicely finished, “Van der Ende.
Bernhard van Oranje fought in the sequel spectacular battles with Aston Martin driver Will Moore. In the closing stages, Mads Siljehaug increased the pressure and knew his KTM X-BOW to stabbing past Van Oranje’s Ekris M4 GT4, making the two Van der Ende / Van Oranje second was flagged. Orange: “I came to the rear of the car downforce too short. So I had to ride tactically to defend my place. The race lasted unfortunately just a lap too long. ”
In the twelfth and final race of the season, Van der Ende and Van Oranje led to the home crowd most of the game. With just two laps Van der Ende was tipped around by Maserati driver Luca Anselmi. Van der Ende kept the damage limited and Ekris M4 GT4 sent still second on the finish. “We had him naturally’d won,” Van der Ende said. “But if I do not win, but then the other car. And very cool, a 1-2 for the team with the M4 which we have worked so hard on. This result. ”
Orange added: “The touch of the end typifies a little season of Ricardo and me. But twice on stage with a pole position and second place start, had we not able to close better. Especially with a 1-2. It was a very close fight until the end. Amazing. All nice atmosphere, both in the tent and on the track and the pit lane with all the people around it. It is nice to see that the lives that way. ”
Simon Knap and Rob Severs’ Victory nice reward for all team’
Simon Knap had in the opening race to win a great start and knew immediately two positions. Severs kept himself in the remainder of the race outside the various incidents and brought the Ekris M4 GT4 third across the finish line. Rob Severs: “Simon had a superb start, went from place 4 to 2. He drove very well. After the safety car I immediately attacked from the restart, won a seat and got me then defended tooth and nail. Stand on the podium at your home track is amazing. ”
The day would be even better for the duo. In the second race the pair knew a long time to retain third place. A duel to reach the foremost place two laps climax when Anselmi Van der Ende tapped in the round. Knap was the laughing third and emerged as the winner crossed the finish line. It was also the first victory of the Ekris M4 GT4. “This of course I had not expected. It is a gift after a great season in which we’ve been through a lot. This win is a great reward for the whole team, “concluded Knap satisfied. Severs: “We had a lot of bad luck this season, but this turned in our direction, we just drove a very solid race, we have fought for what we were worth, this is very cool….”
Tim Coronel and Pieter-Christiaan of Orange
Tim Coronel and Pieter-Christiaan of Orange were also in action during the home games at Zandvoort. In the competitive grid with a total of 27 GT cars at the start, the Racing Team Holland duo sent her BMW M3 GT4 in the first race to eighth place in the pro division and in the second heat to an excellent fifth place.
This put an end to the racing season of Racing Team Holland by Ekris Motorsport. The race schedule for next year will be announced at a later date.