For the twofold champion the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux started off dramatically. Whereas the qualifying sessions ran smoothly, with two third places, in no way did the races go to plan. Xavier Maassen was involved in a collision without it being his fault at the start of the season’s opener and the car was seriously damaged. For the second race the DVB RACING team called on a new chassis whereby Maassen was obliged to take the start from the back of the grid. He could do no better than a seventh place on a very cold and wet circuit in the Belgian Ardennes.
The Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux kicked off at Spa-Francorchamps during the brilliant and renowned FIA World Endurance Championship weekend. True to tradition two races of 30 minutes were on the agenda, preceded by the free practice and qualifying sessions. During qualifying Xavier Maassen proved that one needed to keep a close eye on him.
Xavier Maassen: “We were extremely close to one another, which once again goes to show how tight the audacious competitors are to one another in the fastest one-make cup of the Benelux. We hardly concede much from one another and whoever wants to win, or become champion, will truly need to fight hard to the bitter end. I didn’t get everything out of the qualifying sessions, but it was a good start.”
However, the start of the first race proved to be a streak of bad luck for the Limburg based driver. At the speakers corner several competitors collided and Xavier Maassen was the man as they say at the ‘wrong place at the wrong time’.
Xavier Maassen: “Entirely out of my responsibility I became involved in a collision and the impact was pretty severe. The Porsche’s chassis was damaged and as such for the team a race against time started to try to find a new car. We were granted permission to compete in the second race with a new car, but needed to start in 32nd and last place on the grid. I still managed to battle my way through to halfway up the field, but could do no better than that. Quite clearly our season has not kicked off on a high note and we will need to pull out all the stops in a fortnight’s time at Circuit Zolder.”
As such rendezvous during the weekend of 18th and 19th May at Circuit Zolder during the Belgian DTM meeting.
Among others Xavier Maassen is supported by: Porsche Centrum Maastricht, Bovema, Gilde BT and the partners of Make A Wish.