Hide content

A good season ahead for Nico Verdonck

In a few days, Nico Verdonck will start his 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates as part of the traditional 24 Hours of Dubai. Despite the current health crisis, the Brussels resident's program is already taking good shape for this new year.
"However it was quite atypical for obvious reasons all know not us, my 2020 campaign was still excellent," said the 35-year-old Belgian. “In the 24H Series, I won the Overall GT champion and GT4 champion title with the PROsport and their Aston Martin Vantage GT4. In addition to this program, Toyota Gazoo Racing have recruited me to help develop the Toyota GR Supra GT4. As a result, I competed in three DTM Trophy events with Ring Racing and gave the brand their first championship podium at Zolder. I also took the GT4 class podium at the Nürburgring 24 Hours on an Aston Martin with PROsport. At the start of the year, we also finished second in the Abu Dhabi 10 Hours in the VW Fun Cup with Rodrigue and Matthieu de Robiano, DRM Motorsport’s boss and driver. In short, even though it was shortened, and I stayed away from the circuits longer than I had ever done, it was a great season."
Like any good driver, Nico never looks in the rearview mirror for very long. And it's already 2021 that occupies his entire mind. "I am very happy to continue my collaboration with Rodrigue Gillion, one of the first drivers of NV Academy which I will talk to you about very soon", smiles Nico. “His commitment, loyalty and progress push me to always give my maximum. For 2021, we will continue his training with a program combining endurance events and more sprint races. Also with the AMR GT4 from PROsport Racing, we will therefore be at the start of the 24H of Dubai, the 12H of Spa and the 12H of Hockenheim, but we will also add two GT Cup races. Open - at Spa and at Monza - and an Ultimate Cup event at Le Mans. A solid program that could be completed with other events."
Regardless of his involvement with Rodrigue Gillion, Nico Verdonck will also be at the start of the Spa Six Hours in a Ford GT40, with the ambition to repeat his 2018 victory in one of the most prestigious events for classic cars. "I also have contacts to compete in other races," Nico said happily. “As I am classified SILVER by the FIA, several teams have shown interest to reinforce a program in championships that give pride of place to GTE or GT3 like in WEC, ELMS or the GT World Challenge. Nothing confirmed, but some discussions are ongoing ..."
In the meantime, it's time for the 24H of Dubai where Nico Verdonck and Rodrigue Gillion will team up with Stéphane Lémeret, Patrik Matthiesen and Constantin Schöll in an Aston Martin GT4 PROsport Racing. The start will be given this Friday at 3 pm (12 pm in CET) and the race can be followed on the 24H Series YouTube channel ( https://www.youtube.com/user/creventic ).