The penultimate round of the Sports Prototype Cup is taking place at the beloved Spa-Francorchamps this weekend. Competitors can look forward to two 1-hour races, featuring a formidable grid of 30 prototype cars, including Revolution 500SCs & 427s, Radical SR3s & Spyders, as well as Funyos.
Revolution is well-represented with five cars, driven by both famous names and series stalwarts:
Morris / De Laet : 500SC : Revolution Factory : #500
Stojko / Zunker : 500SC : Revolution Factory : #89
Penteado : 500SC : Revolution Factory : #777
Booth : 500SC : Revolution Factory : #563
Dierkes / Kamphues : 427 : DD Racing : #76
Morris, De Laet, and Penteado have been regular contenders throughout the year. Jim Booth, who had a successful weekend with Revolution at Zandvoort, is back for another race. Dierkes, who heads up DD Racing, a Certified Revolution Dealer in Germany, is also a familiar face in the series
Notably, this weekend marks the debuts of the famous names Stojko, Zunker, and a return to the series after three years for Kamphues.
The pairing of Stojko and Zunker is particularly intriguing. In this combination, we have a Silver medal Olympian and World Champion Figure skater sharing a Revolution Race Car with a 4-times undefeated Swiss ballroom champion, who was also a finalist in the European Cup and Quarter-finalist in various World and European championships:
Elvis Stojko is a Canadian figure skater with an impressive resume. He's a three-time World champion (1994, 1995, 1997), two-time Olympic silver medallist (1994, 1998), and seven-time Canadian champion (1994, 1996–2000, and 2002). Stojko has now shifted his focus to a race car career as a gentleman driver, with the ultimate goal of making it to LMP / Le Mans. Revolution serves as a natural stepping stone for him.
Markus Zunker has an impressive track record in both motorsport and professional dancing, his compeitive spirit driving him to motorsport and his light footwork enabling him to make a race car dance. He became a 4-time undefeated Swiss champion in ballroom dancing, was a finalist in the European Cup, and a Quarterfinalist in various World and European championships. Zunker began in competitive karting after his professional dance career ended and quickly transitioned to Superkarting. After a break from motorsports, he returned to the grid with a Performer by Elkmann before moving on to Radicals. Markus has recently become a Certified Revolution Race Car Dealer.
The famous names do not end there, sharing with Dominick Dierkes is Rob Kamphues:
Rob is an Amateur race car driver and Dutch Formula One host for Dutch television. All his life Rob Kamphues has dreamt of becoming a Formula 1 driver. He made several attempts to achieve that goal and at the age of sixty was persuaded to make his debut among the young pros at Le Mans. His job at ZiggoSport eventually brought him to Formula 1, albeit not as a driver but as a presenter. With former drivers Robert Doornbos and Tom Coronel the trio make up the broadcast team for F1 on Dutch TV.
The drivers are promised plenty of seat time this weekend, with the provisional timetable reading as follows:-
10:56 free practice one (40 mins)
14:58 free practice two (40 mins)
12:20 qualifying (20mins)
15:43 feature race 1 (60 mins)
10:20 feature race 2 (60 mins)
The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, affectionately known as Spa, stands as a hallowed ground for motorsport enthusiasts worldwide. Located in Francorchamps, Stavelot, Wallonia, Belgium, this iconic track has witnessed the roar of engines and the thrill of racing for nearly a century.
Spa's rich history dates back to 1925 when it hosted its inaugural Grand Prix, marking the birth of an enduring racing legacy. Since 1985, except for a couple of exceptions in 2003 and 2006, Spa has been the proud host of the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix. Beyond Formula One, it welcomes an array of international events, including the prestigious 24 Hours of Spa and the World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.
Over the years, Spa has undergone significant transformations to ensure safety and accommodate modern racing standards. The most notable alteration occurred in 1979, when the circuit transitioned from a 14.100 km (8.761 mi) circuit, utilising public roads, to a permanent 6.947 km (4.317 mi) circuit. This pivotal change addressed safety concerns while preserving the essence of the track.
The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is more than just a racetrack; it's a symbol of passion, history, and the enduring spirit of motorsports. With its storied past, continuous evolution, and international allure, Spa stands as a testament to the timeless love affair between speed and competition.
Aside from its role in Formula One, Spa has become a global motorsport hub. It serves as a critical stop on the Sports Prototype Cup circuit, captivating fans and drivers alike. After the thrilling races at Spa, the championship moves forward to the renowned Le Mans.
Le Mans, races 9, 10 and 11, November 10-12
The Le Mans event will take place on the Bugatti circuit, known for hosting world championships such as MotoGP. To capture the true sprit of Le Mans, on offer is a longer 2h race for two-driver entries in addition to the solo driver format.
Friday 10th November
1000 - 1025 FP1
1430 - 1515 FP2
Saturday 11th November
Sunday 12th November
1000 - 1040 Race 1 for solo drivers
1000 - 1200 Race 1 for two-driver entries with two compulsory stops
1400 - 1420 Race 2
1630 - 1650 Race 3
All events are open to National as well as International licence holders, but a letter of 'participation for foreign participation' must be supplied from your local governing body, unless your licence already has the permission marking.
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