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Two wins, five podiums and a final third place for Nico Verdonck in DTM Trophy

With two victories, five podiums and a final third place in the Toyota GR Supra GT4 entered by Ring Racing supported by Toyota Gazoo Racing Germany, Nico Verdonck has made his mark in the DTM Trophy. In addition to his activities with the NV Academy, the Belgian demonstrated his level of performance in a championship which is the antechamber to the famous DTM.

Even if it is not yet completely finished, Nico Verdonck has had a particularly intense 2021 season. His investment in the development of the NV Academy was rewarded with class podiums - together with his clients Rodrigue Gillion and Kurth Hensen - in the 24 Hours of Dubai, the 24 Hours of Zolder, the 24H Series and the GT Cup Open. 

The Belgian was also engaged “solo” for a full campaign in the DTM Trophy. “I was working with the Toyota Gazoo Racing Germany team, which is operated by Ring Racing,” explains Nico. “I was able to contribute to the development of the Toyota GR Supra GT4, whether it be in terms of set-up or other points that could be improved. The aim was twofold: to improve the car and to demonstrate its potential.” 

Winner of the first of the two races in the season finale at the Norisring, the man from Brussels performed his task well. “It was my second victory after the one at the Lausitzring,” he explains. “I also finished on the podium at the Nürburgring, in Assen and in the second race at the Norisring. So when the final tally comes in, I finish third in the DTM Trophy, which is a very good result for a car which is still relatively new and has considerable potential.”

In a championship principally fought among young drivers dreaming of being noticed by the manufacturers, Nico's performance is significant. “Even at 35 years of age, I can still fight with the young wolves, with their long teeth,” he says with amusement. “One of my tasks was also to help my team-mate Stephane Kox to improve his driving. This is obviously a task in which I am becoming more and more experienced, as I am proving with the NV Academy. Helping drivers to improve their performance level is something I really love!”