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2016
23 DEC

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> Another successful season for Team WRT, with top honours in Blancpain Sprint, FIA GT World Cup and TCR

Collection of Blancpain titles increased with double crown in the Sprint Cup for the team and Enzo Ide Laurens Vanthoor takes FIA GT World Cup in Macau Win at Dubai 24 Hours and seventh podium in six years at Spa Successful debut in the TCR International Series with Stefano Comini champion and Jean-Karl Vernay 3rd   Engineering activity blossoms with Fun Cup and AMP   As another year is passing by, the moment has come to assess the 2016 season. Like the previous ones, this seventh year of activity has been intense and exciting. The Belgian squad has added key achievements and titles to its collection in GT3 racing; moreover, it has successfully entered into new grounds (notably, TCR racing) and continued the expansion of its activities beyond pure racing.    The overall assessment of Team Principal Vincent Vosse can only be positive: “It has been another fruitful and successful year. One could say that we are getting used to it, but it is never true when you know the level of competition we face and the effort it takes. Nothing is ever granted: when you look at where we were in September, we could have well finished the season with no titles at all. So I’m really happy and proud of how things ended and I want to congratulate the entire team and every single member for the outstanding job and the excellent final stretch of the season, which really proved the strength of WRT.”   GT3 racing has been once again the backbone of WRT’s racing programme. In the Blancpain GT Series, every day more competitive and well-attended, the Audis R8 LMS of the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT conquered both titles (Drivers and Teams) in the Sprint Cup. “The competition has been fiercer than ever”, reflects Vosse, “and SRO has done an excellent job in managing the incredible growth of the series. We were not that lucky in the Endurance Cup this year, but were able to bring home both Sprint Cup titles to enrich our collection of Blancpain trophies. Enzo Ide, together with Christopher Mies and Robin Frijns, made a fantastic job, and I am particularly happy of Enzo’s title.   I know I am not the only one in the paddock elated with the fact that a non-professional driver has been able to beat the entire field. It is an interesting reminder to all professional stars that passion and talent are the first pre-requisites to succeed in this sport. Enzo has been linked to WRT since the team’s inception in 2010 and I must say that at that time, when I first met him, I didn’t think that he would be a GT3 champion a few years later. On top of being a lovely guy, he has worked like mad to progress and he got there!”   In the long-distance races, the success of A.Ferté-Leonard-Meadows-L.Vanthoor in the Dubai 24 Hours at the very beginning of the season was the highlight of a year that yielded lesser satisfactions in the Nürburgring and Spa enduros, although a seventh podium in six consecutive years was conquered in the Ardennes.   The season was rounded by the … flipping win of Laurens Vanthoor at Macau, which marked the maiden win of WRT in the FIA GT World Cup at Macau and the last great contribution of Laurens to the team. The young Belgian has recently being appointed a Porsche works driver and will race mostly in America next year. “We will of course miss Laurens, who has played an instrumental role at WRT for many years”, comments Vosse, “but it is also a reward for us to see him bringing his career a ladder up. I have known Laurens since he left single-seater and was immediately impressed: such a mature and understated guy for his age… We have lived so many great moments together, he has made many memorable races with us, and we also went through some difficult times, like his accident in Misano. All this has built a very special relationship that will continue. Laurens will always be part of the WRT family and I’m sure our paths will cross again…At this time, each of us at WRT wishes him all the best with Porsche and thanks him for all the success we had together.”   2016 was an important year for Team WRT, as it marked its debut in touring car racing, having embraced the TCR concept. Entering VW Golf cars and sporting the colors of Leopard Racing, the team has been successful in the TCR International Series since year 1, clinching the title with Stefano Comini and third spot with Jean-Karl Vernay. It also shone in the TCR Benelux series, with very young drivers (Sam Dejonghe and Denis Dupont were third with the RACB-backed SEAT León, and Max Potty on a WV Golf) helping to win another Team title.   “The TCR was a new challenge for us”, explains Vosse, “and it turned out to be one of the greatest satisfactions. Winning the TCR International Series in our first year, after a difficult start of the season, is a great achievement. René Verbist and the team did a fantastic job in developing the car, and the drivers were outstanding. We knew that Stefano, the reigning champion, is top-of-the-class, but Jean-Karl has been a terrific surprise, in what was his first experience with front-wheel cars.”   There were other new categories explored in 2016, as Team WRT also debuted in LMP2 racing, taking part in the Spa round of the European Le Mans Series with a Ligier, taking a brilliant second spot after a hectic weekend, while on a more slippery ground, Team WRT took the Teams’ title in the Trophée Andros, the competition on iced tracks that keeps the squad active in winter time.   In recent years, WRT has been diversifying its activities, entering the chassis-building and engineering sectors. “The industrial activity too is bringing us tremendous satisfaction”, underlines Vosse. The Fun Cup activity has experienced a steady growth in 2016, in parallel with the growing success of this grassroots formula based on the pure enjoyment of motor racing, which will be in action in the forthcoming weeks in Miami after a visit to Dubai last February. WRT is now providing technical service to Fun Cup series in Belgium and France.   All Fun Cup chassis are now built at AMP, the specialized company built by WRT in 2015. The integration of AMP has already generated very interesting synergies, which have led to doubling the AMP staff and the creation of a research unit, while key new projects have been commissioned by external clients.   “As you see, we are keeping busy and 2017 will be no different”, concludes Vosse, “We are working hard to perform even better and to be as successful as in the past.” For now, though, it’s time for the festive break. Best wishes to all!   A quick round-up of the Team WRT’s main achievements in 2016… WINNER - FIA GT World Cup (L.Vanthoor) CHAMPION – Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup Drivers (E.Ide) CHAMPION – Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup Teams 3rd - Blancpain GT Series Sprint Silver Cup (S.Leonard-M.Meadows) RUNNER-UP – Blancpain GT Series Teams RUNNER-UP – Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Teams 3rd  - Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Drivers (L.Vanthoor) 3rd – Total 24 Hours of Spa (L.Vanthoor-R.Rast-N.Müller) WINNER – 24 Hours of Dubai (A.Ferté-S.Leonard-M.Meadows-L.Vanthoor) CHAMPION – TCR International Series Drivers (S.Comini) 3rd – TCR International Series Drivers (J-K.Vernay) RUNNER-UP – TCR International Series Teams CHAMPION - TCR Benelux Series Teams 3rd – TCR Benelux Series Drivers (S.Dejonghe-D.Dupont) CHAMPION – Trophée Andros Teams 2nd – ELMS Spa round (LMP2)
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2016
23 DEC

NEWS

> Another successful season for Team WRT, with top honours in Blancpain Sprint, FIA GT World Cup and TCR

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2016
20 NOV

NEWS

> Stefano Comini as 2016 TCR International Series champion and Laurens Vanthoor as 2016 FIA GT World Champion to conclude a perfect weekend for WRT in Macau!

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2016
08 NOV

NEWS

> WRT to enter the Trophée Andros with Panis, Treluyer, Berthon and Demoustier

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2016
02 OCT

RACE REVIEW

> The Belgian Belgian Audi Club Team and Enzo Ide take Blancpain Sprint Cup crown at Barcelona!

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2016
26 SEPT

RACE REVIEW

> Team WRT second at Spa in rollercoaster ELMS debut!

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2016
19 SEPT

RACE REVIEW

> The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT fought until the last second for the Blancpain Endurance Cup Teams’ title

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2016
15 SEPT

RACE PREVIEW

> Young blood for the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT at the Endurance Cup finale at the Nürburgring

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2016
12 SEPT

NEWS

> Team WRT to enter a Ligier JS P2 for the Vanthoor brothers and Will Stevens at the Spa-Francorchamps round of the ELMS

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2016
28 AOûT

RACE REVIEW

> Four podium finishes for the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT at Budapest, as Ide-Mies retake Sprint Cup lead

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2016
25 AOûT

RACE PREVIEW

> Budapest première crucial for the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT in the Blancpain Sprint Cup

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2016
01 AOûT

RACE REVIEW

> The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT keeps faithful to the podium at the Total 24 Hours of Spa

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2016
28 JUIL

RACE PREVIEW

> The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT to Spa 24 Hours with great hopes, five cars and a last-minute top recruit

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2016
27 JUIL

NEWS

> Enjoy the thrill of the race with WRT

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2016
03 JUIL

RACE REVIEW

> One win and two other podium finishes in Sprint Cup for the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT at the Nürburgring

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2016
30 JUIN

RACE PREVIEW

> The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT back to the Nürburgring, with Ide-Mies as Sprint Cup leaders

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2016
27 JUIN

NEWS

> 1st important victory for the WRT Karting Academy thanks to Xavier Handsaeme

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2016
26 JUIN

RACE REVIEW

> A podium finish rewards the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT after a Ricard 1000 kms rich in race incidents

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2016
24 JUIN

RACE PREVIEW

> The Ricard 1000 kms to serve as endurance test ahead of Spa 24 Hrs for the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT

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2016
06 JUIN

RACE REVIEW

> A splendid win in the rain for Leopard Racing Team WRT

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2016
22 MAI

RACE REVIEW

> TCR Imola: a win and a podium on a busy day for Team Leopard

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2016
15 MAI

RACE REVIEW

> Back to the podium in the Blancpain Endurance Cup, as the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT takes 2nd at Silverstone

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2016
13 MAI

RACE PREVIEW

> The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT seeks Endurance Cup podium at Silverstone

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2016
09 MAI

RACE REVIEW

> Ide-Mies take stunning win for the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT at Brands Hatch!

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2016
06 MAI

RACE PREVIEW

> The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT seeks bis repetita at Brands Hatch

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2016
24 AVR

RACE REVIEW

> A double podium for Leopard Racing in Estoril

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2016
24 AVR

RACE REVIEW

> Two cars in the top 10 at Monza in the Endurance Cup for the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT

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2016
20 AVR

RACE PREVIEW

> Five cars and new faces for the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT at first Endurance round in Monza

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2016
10 AVR

RACE REVIEW

> Season kicks-off with victory for the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT!

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2016
06 AVR

RACE PREVIEW

> A season of records for the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT and the Sprint Series kicks-off at Misano

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2016
09 MAR

NEWS

> Ahead of the Castellet pre-season test, Team WRT adds an ace to its 2016 driver line-up: Stevens-Rast!

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2016
26 FEV

NEWS

> A busy and full-fledged program for Team WRT in 2016!

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