Victory for Van der Zande and his team in Petit Le Mans

Renger van der Zande wrote history in Road Atlanta with a resounding victory in the 10-hour Petit Le Mans race. Starting from the back of the grid, due to technical problems during qualification, Renger, Mirco Schultis and Alex Popow overtook the entire field, with Van der Zande clinching the race in a thrilling finish. The final stint by the Flying Dutchman lasted a marathon 3 hours and 5 minutes. And the victory was the crowning glory for the Martini Starworks team.

Braselton, Georgia, 5 October 2014

But the weekend didn’t start well for the team from Fort Lauderdale. Technical problems prevented them from putting in a good performance both in the free practice sessions and during qualification. A night of hard work by the men of team boss Peter Baron at least meant they were still in the race. And although they had to start from the back of the 50-car field, the Oreca/ Chevrolet was ready for the day’s battle in the grueling 10-hour race. After two hours and 50 minutes, starting driver Renger van der Zande had already moved up to fifth place in the Le Mans Prototype class. Alex Popow continued in the same vein. During the third stint, with Mirco Schultis, the team dropped a little down the field. A second stint by Popow brought a podium place back in sight. With over 3 hours still to go, Flying Dutchman van der Zande primed himself for the final stint. It ended in a blistering battle for first place with opponents Braun, Kimber Smith, Rayhall, Hawksworth and Montecalvo. In the final five minutes of the race Renger van der Zande clinched P1. Another surprise was that Van der Zande even finished fifth in the general classification among Daytona Prototypes. The team, which had by far the lowest number of pit stops and driver changeovers, displayed their fighting spirit to the very last second in this 10-hour classic, winning the Le Mans Prototype class ahead of Bennett/ Braun and Jeannette/ Montecalvo.

Renger: “This was the final race of this year’s ten Tudor USCC races. And it was the perfect season’s clincher for me. We started back in last place, drove through the field to lead the race and then dropped back to the middle. But we managed to win it in the end. What a thriller and what a spectacular track on which to win such an exciting race! I really gave it my all and I was really hurting after the second triple stint, but it was fantastic to win like that. And it also means I came second in the Championship!”


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