Last weekend the second round of the Benelux Supercar Challenge was held on the beautiful Red Bull Ring in the Austrian Alphs. Ward Sluys is among the top favorites in the championship, who races with Dutchman Bas Schouten in a BMW M4 Silhouette of the Dutch top team JR Motorsport. Sluys is a former champion in the Benelux Supercar Challenge. In Austria, it became all or nothing for the PRODIAXO driver who had to give up on the first bend on Saturday but won the match on Sunday. The assignment in Austria does not have any significant consequences for his chances in the championship, although Ward Sluys is keen on it during the next meeting, for his own public in Spa-Francorchamps, to score in both races. Anyway, the Benelux Supercar Challenge is more than ever a match between a BMW and a Porsche, two of the most renowned brands in motorsport history.
The Red Bull Ring was the place of appointment for the good 30 participants in the second meeting of the Benelux Supercar Challenge, a championship that strongly modified the rules during the mid-season. The top class now consists of the card of the type GT ‘Cup’ and the Silhouettes, such as the BMW M4 Silhouette of Ward Sluys and his regular teammate Bas Schouten. The class for these cars is therefore the class that fights in front of the general victory.
Ward Sluys was unable to defend his chances during qualifying sessions on Saturday due to a technical problem. “It is and remains a technical sport”, said PRODIAXO rider Ward Sluys. “The car was not ready in time, despite enormous efforts from the JR Motorsport crew. It was a faulty switching system that kept us on the sidelines. We did get ready in time for the start of the race on Saturday, but a problem with the brakes, more specifically a ruptured brake line, had drastic consequences during the start if the first race. It’s a pity that day, but apparently, that is also part of the top sport.”
On Sunday there was another race of 60 minutes and the duo Sluys-Schouten was keen on a solid revenge.
“We won, despite a drive through! That was a huge relief, because we could not just keep our main competitors behind us, immediately the misery of Saturday was forgotten and flushed on the stage!”
The Supercar Challenge now moves to the Spa-Francorchamps, where the next meeting will be on 10 and 11 June. After Austia it is Belgium’s turn, with after Francorchamps also a race in Zolder, of course the other famous tour in our country.