Race report Jack’s Racing Day Assen

With no GTP’s on the entry list, Assen provided a level playing field for the NKHTGT racers. In a busy qualifying session, that was interrupted by a long red flag period, it was Lotus Elans to the fore. Luc de Cock was just 0,1 of a second quicker than Jos Stevens. Roelant de Waard was not far behind in his GTS12 Shelby Mustang. Bob Stevens could not match these laptimes due to coolant leaking on to his rear tires. Multiple Assen winner Andy Newall could not make it to Assen this weekend, which meant Rhea Sautter was driving both races. She qualified fastest of the E-types and second in GTS12. In the touring cars Bart-Jan Deenik was fastest of the Falcons by a second, from Cees Lubbers, Jaap van der Ende and Henk van Gammeren who were all within 1/10th.

 

Race 1: First corner drama

Many races are won or lost in the first corner, and that is what happened in Sauturday’s NKHTGT race at Assen. Roelant de Waard made a demon start from the second row to take the lead in the first corner. Jos Stevens’ Lotus Elan was short on grip. He tried to hang on but eventually the car swapped ends and he had to let the whole field pass before he could rejoin. Luc de Cock thus found himself in second, but had to contend with a battling group of MG/Triumphs that he wisely offered some space. De Waard duly led from start to finish in his Shelby GT350, with De Cock in his Lotus Elan in second but unable to strike. Rhea Sautter took a well deserved third place overall in her Jaguar E-type. Jos Stevens sliced through the field and recovered to fourth. Bart-Jan Deenik was unbeatable in CT10, his Ford Falcon even surviving a short flight when he had to avoid an errant TVR in the GT chicane. The battle for second TC was intense, with Henk van Gammeren being chased by Cees Lubbers and Jaap van der Ende, all in Falcons. Van Gammeren got away as Lubbers succesfully fought of Van der Ende, although the pair of them was nearly passed by Roel Korsten in his Mustang. In GTS11, there was heartbreak for championship leader Theo van Gammeren as his Porsche 911’s ignition broke, which gave the win to Brian Lambert in the MGB.

Race 2: Shelby beats Elans

On Sunday Roelant de Waard scored win no. 2 in his Shelby Mustang GT350. He took the lead at the start, with a determined Luc de Cock in his Lotus Elan in pursuit. Bart-Jan Deenik made a good start and immediately had a healthy lead over the other touring cars, until a halfshaft broke, leaving the car stranded in the complex after the first corner. The safety car was deployed while the stricken Falcon was towed away. With the green flags waved, De Cock again found himself in the middle of the fastest of the MG/Triumph guest drivers on their stickier tires. They kept De Waard on his toes as well, being able to brake later and turn in sharper. Meanwhile Jos Stevens (Lotus Elan) had managed to pass Rhea Sautter (Jaguar E-type) and was closing on De Cock. The experienced Belgian driver decided to speed up and try and get some MG’s between him and the orange Lotus. The plan did not quite work out, when he tried a different line he ran wide at the very fast Ramshoek corner. This handed second place to Stevens. De Cock finished third and Sautter fourth. The demise of Deenik made for a great scrap in CT10. Initially Cees Lubbers had been ahead of Martin Bijleveld and Henk van Gammeren, all in Ford Falcons. After a couple of laps Bijleveld managed to pass Lubbers, but it was Roel Korsten who was truly on the move. Having started on the back row he passed all and sundry and finally finished 5th overall and a resounding first in CT10 in his Ford Mustang. Bert Mets drove impressively in his Cooper S, managing to stay ahead of Lars Bondesson (Lotus Elan) and Brian Lambert. Mets (CT08) and Lambert (GTS11) both took their second class win of the weekend. The same went for Magnus Lillerskog in his CT08 Lotus Cortina, who could be seen chasing Jeroen Hoep (E-type) and Mark Schmidt (Healey 3000).

Championship positions: all change

It is all change in the rankings, as Theo and Thijs van Gammeren scored zero points when they had to retire their trusty Porsche 911. Bob Stevens also remained pointless, his not-so-trusty Lotus Elan letting him down…again. Bart-Jan Deenik scored one class win, always good for a nice points haul in the busy CT10 class, but then recorded a non-finish on Sunday. And so it is Roelant de Waard whose two resounding wins have propelled him to the top of the table with a healthy 137 points. Jos Stevens has moved up to second, Deenik is in third and the Van Gammeren family occupies the next two places in the top-5. Mind you, with five races to go (yes, 3 at Anderstorp!) there are still over a 100 points on offer, so nothing is settled.

Full results can be found here: https://getraceresults.com/Results/organisator/2022?evenement=TT-Circuit+Assen&race=Jack%27s+Racing+Days+2022

Championship standings: https://www.nkhtgt.nl/en/standings/

You can read all the paddock gossip in our online magazine:

https://www.nkhtgt.nl/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/NKHTGT-Assen-2022-editie.pdf

Race report Pinksterraces Zandvoort

A sunny Zandvoort welcomed the NKHTGT competitors for the traditional “Pinksterraces”. Kennet Persson posted a 2:01.5 lap in his Ford GT40 to take pole. Bob Stevens snatched second at the last moment in his Lotus Elan. Roelant de Waard qualified 3rd in his Shelby Mustang with Michiel Campagne 4th in his Corvette Grand Sport. The third row featured Jos Stevens (Lotus Elan) and Michiel van Duijvendijk (TVR Griffith). We were very happy to welcome yet more newcomers to the NKHTGT family: Ron Sanen with a Lotus Elan, Per Roxlin with an MG Midget, Robert Ingram with a Lotus Elite and a well known Ford Falcon piloted by Henk and Bjorn Hees.

 

Race 1: meatball and oil

The racing part was somewhat shorter than anticipated, but Saturday afternoon’s race was entertaining nevertheless. Persson took the lead from Michiel Campagne with Bob Stevens in third. Things were hotting up when Frank Veenstra’s MGB deposited its oil on the racing line. It took a long safety car period to powder the track. Meanwhile Campagne reported in the pits after he was shown the meatball for excessive noise. With 15 minutes to go racing resumed. Bob Stevens managed to take the lead with a demon outbraking move, but Persson used the GT40’s power to repass on the straight and take the win. Roelant de Waard came 3rd and 1st in GTS12 in his Shelby Mustang. Martin Bijleveld won the touring car class in his Ford Falcon from the similarly mounted Bart-Jan Deenik and Henk van Gammeren. Bert Mets was on fire and won CT07 in his Mini Cooper, while Frank Wagner continued his Hockenheim form and again came first in CT08 in the Lotus Cortina. Theo van Gammeren won GTS11 in his Porsche 911. The most fun was had by Lars Bondesson (Lotus Elan), Jeroen Hoep (Jaguar E-type), Robert Ingram (Lotus Elite), Henk Hees (Ford Falcon) and Magnus Lillerskog (Lotus Cortina) who had a very entertaining scrap for 21st.

Race 2: Persson’s double

Kennet Persson made it two out of two on Sunday. Bob Stevens kept him honest and even led the race for several laps after Kennet missed a gear when his arm restraint tangled with the gearstick. With normal service resumed the Lotus Elan could not match the sheer speed of the GT40. Jos Stevens (Lotus Elan) took the third podium spot after successfully dealing with Michiel van Duijvendijk (TVR Griffith) and Roelant de Waard, whose Shelby Mustang lost some speed due to a misfire. Martin Bijleveld led the touring cars throughout but threw away the win after an outbraking attempt that was too ambitious. CT10 honours thus went to Bart-Jan Deenik, from Henk van Gammeren both in Ford Falcons. Thijmen de Vries (Cooper S) was the third touring car home and first in CT07 after a storming race. René Wagner was king of CT08 once again in his Lotus Cortina. GTS11 spoils went to Thijs van Gammeren in the Porsche, ahead of MGB-mounted Brian Lambert and Niek van Gils.

After four races, Bob Stevens leads the championship by six points over Bart-Jan Deenik. Anything is still possible as there are still 8 races to go. The next race on the NKHTGT programme is our traditional visit to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit for the Spa Summer Classic. Spa is a long circuit, which means that we can accommodate no less than 65 cars. We expect a record turnout and will do our utmost to try and reach the magic number of 65! Which is why we invite everyone with an FIA app. K compliant pre-’66 TC, GT or GTS (with valid HTP) for a weekend full of fun on one of the world’s best race tracks. The entry fee is only € 845 and there are two races of 30 minutes each, so two drivers can share a car. After Spa we will continue with races in Assen (5-7 August), Anderstorp (26-28 August) and finally Dijon (7-9 October). At this moment there are still limited places available for all these races. Mail to Egbert at race@nkhtgt.nl if you want to join us, or call him at +316 262 16464.

Top 10 race 1:
1 Kennet Persson (Ford GT40) 15 laps
2 Bob Stevens (Lotus Elan) +0.6
3 Roelant de Waard (Shelby GT350) +17.5
4 Jos Stevens (Lotus Elan) +25.2
5 Michiel van Duijvendijk (TVR Griffith 200/400) +34.5
6 Michiel Campagne (Corvette Grand Sport) +39.4
7 Bengt-Åke Bengtsson (Lotus Elan) +44.2
8 Martin Bijleveld (Ford Falcon) +44.6
9 Frans van Maarschalkerwaart (Shelby GT350) +51.5
10 Bart-Jan Deenik (Ford Falcon) +52.6

Top 10 race 2:
1 Kennet Persson (Ford GT40) 20 laps
2 Bob Stevens (Lotus Elan) +0.7
4 Jos Stevens (Lotus Elan) +5.3
3 Roelant de Waard (Shelby GT350) +23.7
5 Michiel van Duijvendijk (TVR Griffith 200/400) +77.0
10 Bart-Jan Deenik (Ford Falcon) +120.4
7 Bengt-Åke Bengtsson (Lotus Elan) +130.2
8 Henk van Gammeren (Ford Falcon) 19 laps
9 Thijs van Gammeren (Porsche 911) 19 laps
10 Thijmen de Vries (Mini Cooper S) 19 laps

Full results are here: https://getraceresults.com/Results/organisator/2022?evenement=Circuit+Zandvoort&race=Pinksterrace+Zandvoort+2022

Championship standings: https://www.nkhtgt.nl/en/standings/

You can read all the paddock gossip in our online magazine: https://www.nkhtgt.nl/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/NKHTGT-magazine-Zandvoort-2022-edition.pdf

NKHTGT Magazine 2022 #1 – Hockenheim

The first issue of the NKHTGT Magazine 2022 can be downloaded HERE. In the next few days we will update the website with full results, info on forthcoming races and the 2022 points standings.

NKHTGT ends the season on a high

Over 30 drivers enjoyed the sunshine and the beautiful Dijon-Prenois track as the NKHTGT powered by Nolte Küchen ended the 2021 season in the French Bourgogne region. We were especially pleased to welcome a large Swedish delegation who had made the long trek South.

Local hero José Beltramelli took the spoils in the first race. With his TVR Griffith he passed Michiel Campagne on lap 4 and led the Corvette Grand Sport for 22 laps to win the 40 minute race by just 3,4 seconds. Niek van Gils (TVR Griffith) claimed the final podium spot  Fourth overall and winner of the touring car class after an impressive sideways yet quick drive was Philippe Vermast in the first of the Falcons.

Next up was the first non-V8 home, Mark Dols in the Volvo-powered Marcos. Bob Stevens was the winner in GTS10 ahead of his father Jos and Mats Ek from Sweden, all in Lotus Elans. Erwin van Lieshout (Porsche 911) was first past the post in GTS11, with Dennis Bron (MGA twin cam second), while Rob Rappange won the Mini class from René de Vries, both Cooper S mounted.

Swedish former F3 racer Kennet Persson retired his Ford GT40 on the first lap of race 1, but bounced back on Sunday. Starting from the back he passed the entire field including second placed man Michiel Campagne. Niek van Gils in the TVR Griffith initially held third but a determined drive by Mark Dols, aftwer an egine change on his  Marcos, was rewarded with the final podium spot. Bob Stevens in his GTS10 Lotus Elan stole fifth from touring car winner Philippe Vermast in the Ford Falcon on the final lap. GTS11 was a Porsche affair, Erwin van Lieshout taking another win with Theo van Gammeren in second. Tijmen de Vries won the Cooper S class ahead of Bert Mets and Magnus Lillerskog took the CT08 trophy for Sweden in his Lotus Cortina.

Race 1 result:

  1. José Beltramelli (TVR Griffith) 25 laps
  2. Michiel Campagne (Corvette GS) +3,4
  3. Niek van Gils (TVR Griffith) +69,3
  4. Philippe Vermast (Ford Falcon) +78,5
  5. Mark Dols (Marcos 1800GT) +79,1
  6. Bob Stevens (Lotus Elan) +82,4
  7. Carlo Hamilton (Ford Falcon) +91,5
  8. Jos Stevens (Lotus Elan) 24 laps
  9. Norbert Gross (Ford Falcon) 24 laps
  10. Jaap van der Ende (Ford Falcon) 24 laps

Race 2 result:

  1. Kennet Persson (Ford GT40) 25 laps
  2. Michiel Campagne (Corvette GS) +2,2
  3. Mark Dols (Marcos 1800GT) +52,2
  4. Niek van Gils (TVR Griffith) +53,7
  5. Bob Stevens (Lotus Elan) +66,2
  6. Philippe Vermast (Ford Falcon) +67,3
  7. Norbert Gross (Ford Falcon) +81,2
  8. Carlo Hamilton (Ford Falcon) +89,4
  9. Jos Stevens (Lotus Elan) +103,3
  10. Jaap van der Ende (Ford Falcon) 24 laps

Full results can be found HERE but please note names of nr. 45 and 46 drivers have been mixed up, the above top-10 results are correct!

For more news and paddock gossip check out NKHTGT magazine: https://www.nkhtgt.nl/nkhtgt-magazine-prenois-final-version-b/

Välkommen!

What a great entry list we have for our last race weekend in Dijon! We are very happy that our Swedish friends can finally join us. It is going to be a great weekend. All info can be found on the participants page: https://www.nkhtgt.nl/en/competitors-information/.  Live timing and results will be available at https://www.hvmracing.fr/saison-2021/dijon-motors-cup-2021/.

Motor racing is dangerous

Roland Zoomers is recovering well from his mishap at Zolder. He sent us a personal letter, which we reproduce here. It is in Dutch of course.

Back to Spa for the Summer Classic

After a year’s enforced break, the drivers of the NK HTGT powered by Nolte Küchen were delighted to be back at Spa-Francorchamps. On this power circuit, Bob Stevens surprisingly set the fastest time in qualifying with his little Lotus Elan. Unfortunately, he would not start the race, as he rolled at the Raidillon moments later, luckily without injury to the driver. Michiel Campagne was second fastest in the Corvette Grand Sport, followed by Armand Adriaans (Ford GT40), Kaj Dahlbacka (Corvette GS) and Roelant de Waard (Shelby Mustang).

At the start, the pair of Corvettes Grand Sport took off, but pursuer Dahlbacka had to drop out when he lost a wheel. Campagne then drove to an unchallenged win, with Armand Adriaans in the great sounding Ford GT40 in second. Third on the podium was Roelant de Waard who dominated the busy GTS12 class in his Shelby Mustang. There was a mighty scrap for second in the GTs, between Jasper Izaks, Hans Hugenholtz and Marcel van Laarhoven in Shelby Mustangs and the Jaguar E-type armada consisting of Rhea Sautter, Eric Douart and Carlo Hamilton. After the mandatory pit stops in this one-hour race, the cards were shuffled and second in GTS12 was for Frenchman Douart, ahead of the duo Frans van Maarschalkerwaart/Jasper Izaks. Jos Stevens (Lotus Elan) had moved up to fifth place overall and was first in GTS10. Theo and Thijs van Gammeren won GTS11 in the Porsche 911, ahead of Egbert Kolvoort on MGB. In the touring car classes things got very exciting. Martin Bijleveld (Ford Falcon) built up a substantial lead, but after the pitstops his co-pilot Jaap van der Ende could not consolidate this. Cees Lubbers and Duncan Huisman (Ford Falcon) now appeared to have the upper hand, until a Drive Through for ignoring track limits threw a spanner in the works. Bas Jansen then? Alas, an hour was too long for his Ford Mustang. And so it was Hemmo Vriend who had kept his nose clean to take the win in his Ford Falcon. CT08 went to Sandro Hubar (Alfa Romeo GTA), after the Lotus Cortina brigade broke down. In the Mini class, the win went to father and son duo René and Thijmen de Vries.

Next race: Zolder 17-18 July.

Result:

  1. Michiel Campagne (Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport) 20 laps
  2. Armand Adriaans (Ford GT40) +28.369
  3. Roelant de Waard (Shelby Mustang GT350) +43.562
  4. Eric Douart (Jaguar E-Type) +84.154
  5. Jos Stevens (Lotus Elan) +139.243
  6. Frans van Maarschalkerwaart/Jasper Izaks (Shelby Mustang GT350) +153.333
  7. Niek van Gils (TVR Griffith) +156.676
  8. Rhea Sautter (Jaguar E-Type) +157.974
  9. Jac Meeuwissen (Austin Healey 3000) +1 lap
  10. Hemmo Vriend (Ford Falcon Sprint) +1 lap

Full results on the results page

In memoriam Marius Du Toy van Hees

On Thursday our former scrutineer Marius Du Toy van Hees passed away. About 40 years ago Marius single handedly restored and race-prepared a Lotus Elite. From 1983 he competed in HARC races. He also raced internationally in the FISA European historic GT championship. After hanging up his helmet, the Lotus became a grand touring car. With his wife Marlies he travelled tens of thousands of kilometres throughout Europe. In his role as technical delegate, Marius could express his enormous love of technology. His contribution to the establishment and professionalisation of technical inspections for historic racing cars cannot not be underestimated. His almost encyclopaedic knowledge of the technology of historic cars was of enormous value in issuing FIA Historic Technical Passports and FIVA Identity Cards. In his role as chief scrutineer he subsequently checked these documents at countless races and rallies. With his always calm but strict demeanour, he was one of the pillars of the success of the NK HTGT. Marius had been seriously ill for some time and passed away on Thursday morning. Marius will be deeply missed by the historic racing fraternity. We wish Marlies and the rest of the family lots of courage to cope with this loss.

In memoriam René Wallner

A sad tiding: our Austrian racing friend René Wallner has left us. In 2018 he joined the NK HTGT with his Lotus Cortina, a car he had already been running for many years. His racing experience was clear to see, as he was immediately up to speed, scoring 4 class wins that year. Unfortunately, from time to time his health forced René to miss a race. However when he was with us, he gave it 100% on the track. At Dijon in 2019 he again showed everyone a clean pair of heels and took home a couple of 1st place trophies. Of course 2020 was a lost season for everyone, but we were really looking forward to having René with us again in 2021. Alas, it is not to be. René was an extremely friendly and sympathetic man, he will be very much missed in the paddock. Rest in peace René.

Results

NKHTGT Races Le Mans cancelled

Dear all,

With pain in our hearts we have to inform you that the NKHTGT races on October 17 and 18, 2020 at Le Mans are cancelled. It is not possible for us to organize these races because the department of La Sarthe is classified ‘code red’ by the French government and the area is classified as ‘code orange’ by the Dutch government, which means that that only necessary trips to La Sarthe can be made. In the meantime, travelling through Belgium is becoming less and less obvious. This means that we have to cancel our races in the Motors Cup Le Mans. We’ve made good arrangements with HVM racing, the organizer of the event.

For (foreign) drivers who are not subject to these measures and who would like to race at Le Mans on October 17 and 18 can consider to enter the pre’66 races of the ASAVE, see https://www.hvmracing.fr/saison-2020/motors-cup-c-bugatti-le-mans-presentation-2020.

We are really sorry that we don’t have any better news at the moment. The good news though, is that we are working on the calendar for 2021, which promises a return to some well-known and much appreciated circuits and probably also a historic circuit that was not previously on our calendar, so let’s hope we can return to normal racing life soon.

We wish you all the best, stay healthy and safe!