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The fifth race of the Belcar season 2019 was promising to be the hardest: the 24H of Zolder. We were challenged to keep our car going for 24 hours, while trying to achieve a place in the class top three. Easier said than done, even considering the past races turned out pretty well.

Nico Verdonck, together with Marc Basseng, Manuel Lauck and Moritz Oestreich in a Hyundai Veloster N TCR, gained a 2nd place in the TCR category of the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring. Although the foursome only just missed the victory, the Belgian looks back at the team’s performance with a positive feeling.

The different races follow each other in high speed! The Belgians Nico Verdonck and Rodrigue Gillion, for Brno12h together in a team with Indian racer Akhil Rabindra, made it to the podium for the fourth time in a row in the GT4 category of the 24h Series.

Over the years he has become one of the references on the renowned Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. His performances on the legendary Eifel circuit did not go unnoticed and as he is about to tackle the track in VLN2 as an official works driver.

Professional driver for more than 15 years, Nico Verdonck has in parallel with his sporting career activities taken on that of being a coach. “I can assure you that this is not as yet a total reconversion ahead of time”, the 33-year-old Belgian jokingly commented.

A podium place in this competitive field of the 24H Series is a great accomplishment from the entire team Mercedes-AMG and my teammates.

Positive start for my 2019 season with P2 in the Winter Endurance Kampioenschap with Porsche 991 Cup car and solid work by Circuit Zandvoort to bring 34 cars on the grid.

Thank you for making 2018 colourful on and off track ! I wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019 ! See you on track! Nico

In addition to his career in the field of modern motorsport, Nico Verdonck has become a reputed and highly appreciated driver in the Historic motorsport world. Since his first race in 2014 at Daytona, at the wheel of an awe-inspiring Porsche 935 K1, the Brussels based driver has systematically made a name for himself in this field.

Zolder 24 Hours is the most popular endurance race in Flanders. Last weekend, Nico Verdonck had planned to follow the event from a distance, but a last minute call of Selleslagh Racing Team (SRT) changed everything.

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