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Late contact robs Koen of podium in Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux

Parker Revs Motorsport left Barcelona disappointed not to secure a podium finish in the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux at the weekend (August 26-28), as Rik Koen was taken out on the penultimate lap of the opening contest while running third.

With championship leader Harry King absent due to a clash with his Porsche Supercup commitments, the team were represented by Rik and returnee Jeroen Kreeft as the series travelled to Spain for rounds nine and ten of the season.
 
Rik drove well in the opening race and looked set for a maiden podium finish in the series, as he ran third and fended off Xavier Maassen for the duration of the contest. Sadly, on the penultimate lap, Rik took contact from Maassen which sent him into a spin, with his rival also making contact with Sam Dejonghe too, for which he was handed a 30-second penalty after the race. Jeroen drove an assured race, enjoying the challenging Spanish Grand Prix circuit, albeit struggling with the high temperatures inside the car.
 
At the start of the second contest, Rik lost out to Maassen off the line and was edged wide at turn two, managing to avoid the gravel but slipping to fifth overall. After a Safety Car period he started to challenge Ghislain Cordeel but locked a wheel and made contact with the Belgian, falling back to eighth. Serving a drive-through penalty for the incident, he slipped right down the order, crossing the line 16th overall and sixth in the Pro class, while Jeroen once again finished ninth in Am.
 
The Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux season concludes at Hockenheim in Germany over the weekend of October 7-9, alongside the DTM, where Harry King returns to the series and aims to secure the championship title, having built up enough of a lead in the standings to remain on top despite not racing this time out.

Rik Koen, #9, Pro
 
G1 – 3, R1 – 4
G2 – 2, R2 – 6
 
“My weekend didn’t go as I expected. The practice sessions weren’t so good. In second practice we did a new tyre run that was much better, but we had a red flag. In Qualifying the first run was not so good, I think I was P10 or P11, and on the second set I did two very good laps, and I was second and third on the grid, which was very good.
 
“In race one I had a lot of understeer and I needed to defend a lot to Maassen. On the last lap he pushed me off the track. He had a penalty for that, but I was very sad about it because I was on for my first podium. The second race was my own fault. I didn’t get a good start, I was P5 into turn one and I caught P4 on that lap. Two laps later I wanted to get P3 because I was much faster, but I locked up and hit him. It was the end of his race, and I was given a penalty. On the whole, it was a not so good weekend, but the pace was there so onto Hockenheim.”
 
Jeroen Kreeft, #917, Am
 
G1 – 9, R1 – 9
G2 – 9, R2 – 9
 
“The weekend itself was a good one. I finished both races, I didn’t have enough mileage to really make a difference, but I improved so that’s fine. Barcelona is a great circuit, it was a bit warm, it was more of a sauna inside of the car, so even half an hour of driving is quite a lot without air conditioning. We’re looking forward to our last race in Hockenheim, with Harry re-joining us, and he stayed on top of the points this weekend. That means he goes into the last weekend as a leader in the overall standings so that’s great. As a team, we’re happy, and we’re looking forward to what’s coming.”

Source. Torque/Photo. The Driving force

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