On Saturday July 3rd the MTB-Motorsport team (represented by Mick de Jonge and Arjan Oudejans) teamed up with the Abma Motorsport (Eric Sliphorst) and Kool Racing (Martijn Kool) teams.
Together we enjoyed a very successful race with solid results for the team, finishing the first endurance race in tour new Clio IV cup car. With a few elements left to fine tune we will get ourselves ready for the last 8hr endurance of this season on Saturday October 2nd.
We had a promising (running 1st in class!!) but unfortunate debut race with the new Clio IV on May 8th. Contact with another car, after 2.5 hrs of racing, caused damage to the rear axle. This resulted in early retirement. The MTB-Motorsport & Abma Motorsport teams will return to the track on July 3rd to compete in another 8hr endurance race at the Zandvoort F1 Track in The Netherlands. We hope & expect spectators will be allowed again for this race!
Both Mick de Jonge and Arjan Oudejans are set to join forces with Eric Sliphorst and Carlo Izelaar in the upcoming Dutch National Racing Team (DNRT) 8hr endurance race at the Zandvoort/NL track on May 8th, 2021 in the Renault Clio IV.
The 2021 DNRT endurance cup has a calendar that consists of three 8 hour races, on May 8th, July 3rd and Oct 2nd.
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 regulations, no spectators will be allowed on the track for the first event.
Ben Colburn converted pole position into a composed lights-to-flag victory in the opening Michelin Clio Cup Series race at Zandvoort, with plenty of drama behind. Colburn, back in the category as a guest entry, led away from the start and managed a safety car restart to perfection, retaining the lead and then putting in a series of fastest laps in quick succession to stretch out a 1.6-second lead to the chequered flag. “A lights to flag victory on my return to the championship – it can’t really get much better than that, what a fantastic job the team at Westbourne Motorsport have done,” said Colburn. “It was quite a different experience racing over here in the Netherlands compared to the UK, but it was good to see some different rules. I’m looking forward now to the final two races tomorrow, the aim is to win them both!” The battle for second position nearly changed hands on track, with championship leader Simon Freeman initially getting a run on Pearson, but the Scottish racer fended him off. The complexion of that battle completely shifted, however, after five drivers were handed 10-second time penalties mid race for being adjudged to be out of position at the start. Whilst Colburn celebrated a second career victory around the 2.64-mile Dutch circuit, Freeman duly moved up into second and Pearson dropped to fourth behind Arjan Oudejans in the final reckoning, the latter taking silverware on his debut in the category. James Colburn recovered from his penalty to extend his winning streak in the Sport Series to five races on the spin, with MRM’s Tyler Lidsey similarly bouncing back to reclaim second from Filip Uyttendaele and continue his run of podiums in the fourth-generation RS Clio 220. Nic Harrison took the Road Series honours as the sole surviving car, with Richard Colburn forced to pit early on. James Joannou, Thujs Raaijmakers and Paul Bell were also non-classified, the latter two coming together on the opening lap in dramatic fashion to trigger the early safety car
The last endurance race of season 2018 was a special one! 20 hours of racing and 4 hours of moving between two different tracks (10 hrs at Assen TT track and 10 hrs at Zanvdoort) made up for an exciting 24 hours. We started in Assen where after 10 hours of racing (and a few technical glitches) we finished 5th in class. The next day at Zandvoort was probably one of the wettest days I ever experienced in my 10 year racing career. With the red Kool Racing Clio we could take advantage of those difficult circumstances, driving it all the way back to 2nd place in the SuperSports Class. A great experience and excellent result. Big thank you to my fellow drivers Martijn Kool and Jim & Thijs Raaijmakers as well as the entire pit crew!
On Sunday July 22nd we finished 2nd in class after 10 hours of racing at the Zanvdoort track in the Netherlands. Great result with the Kool Racing Clio, especially considering we finished 3rd place overall. Next endurance; 24hrs of Assen and Zandvoort on Sept 22&23rd.
The first endurance race of this season was the DNRT 8hr at the Zandvoort track. Driving as part of the KOOL-MTB-NRG team we managed to get to 2nd place in class until almost three hours into the race we broke a driveshaft. Replacement took 20 mins. With 10 laps behind we had our work carved out for us. We worked our way up the rankings in the last 5 hours and still managed to finish 5th in class when crossing the finish line. Next endurance – DNRT 10hrs on Sunday July 22nd
Season 2018 is looking to be an interesting and varied racing season, with exciting tracks like Spa-Francorchamps included as well as a couple nice endurance opportunities. The DNRT 2018 calendar can be found below (we compete in the Auto’s A class) as well as under the calendar tab on this website.
Unfortunately team KOOL-MTB-NRG was not able to complete the 10hr endurance race at Zandvoort. Severe damage in the very first lap meant significant time loss and ongoing trouble during the rest of this eventful day. 1 hour before the finish we decided to retire the car. No podium this year, but still another fantastic 8 hours of endurance racing…..
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