TT Circuit, Assen 30 October 2022; After an exciting season across The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany, it all came down to the final race at the TT circuit in Assen for several race categories, like the Mazda M5 cup & Ford Fiesta cup Division 1.
The 2022 championship in the BMW M2 cup, Supercar Challenge GT, and SuperSport 1 already won during the last race. And in the Supercar challenge Sports division, it only took a qualification round to know who claimed the championship. The gap between the leader and the runner-up was too big to close. Is it getting confusing? Let us break it down for you!
Text Benjamin Wefer
Pictures Benjamin Wefer
To start with the Supercar Challenge. It is a championship split into four categories; GT, Supersport 1, Supersport 2, and Sport. It is a combined race where different cars with different engine power compete simultaneously, like the 24 hrs. of LeMan. In addition, there is also a prototype division (split into radical class & CN) competing among the rest of the cars. All the categories will have two practice rounds, one qualification round, and two races during the weekend. In the Sports Division, it is Mark Jobst who became the 2022 champion. Mark, who came to Assen missing only 1 point to win, claimed this already in the qualifying round on Friday, setting the fastest time of 1:51.645 seconds. Mark couldn’t keep his first position during the first and second races and ended up in fifth place (first race) and eighth place (second race). Of course, this couldn’t ruin his weekend!
|#461 Mark jobst Sport division champion||#193 Bart Arendsen GT division champion|
In the supersport-2 class, it was still the question of who will win the championship. The race for the title was between Laurens de Wit and Tim de Borle. Tim takes the pole position on Friday with a 1:48.750 second lap but finishes both races behind Laurens de Wit. Laurens ended in second place during both races with his Cupra TCR and has the fastest ET of 1:47.355 seconds. Being runner-up in both races gave Laurens enough points to win the championship.
|#333 Laurens de Wit||#366 Time de Borle|
Another category within the supercar challenge is the BMW M2 CS cup. A stock-looking M2 class, powered by a six-cylinder twin-turbo engine that produces around 450 horsepower. The season consists of twelve races spread over six weekends. Maxime Oosten (from the Bas Koeten Racing team) was unbeatable this year and claimed the championship already during the previous race. But he was still eager to win another race before ending the season! He clocked a 1:46.527 run on Friday to claim the pole position and won both races during the weekend. The last victory of the season was his eleventh out of twelve races. Near Perfect season!
|#54 Maxime Oosten||#66 duo L van Riet & W Meijer runner up|
In the Mazda MX-5 cup with was a battle between Marcel Dekker & Niels Langeveld. The gap between them at the start of the weekend was only 22 points. Niels took the pole position with a 1:55.081 second run. Marcel came only 0.691 seconds too short and positioned himself in second place on the grid. Niels made it more interesting by winning both races. But Marcel had enough points (around 9 points) to call himself the 2022 champion in the MX-5 cup.
The race for the 2022 title in the first division of the Ford Fiesta cup went between Dutch driver Sen Roodenburg and Polish driver Alan Czyz. There were only 11 points between them, and Alan Czyz tried to close this gap by taking the pole position during qualification(2:02.515 fastest time). He had a good start during the first race but unfortunately could not hold to this position due to engine failure. He made a comeback and won the second race but came points short behind Sen in the championship. Sen Roodenburg, who finishes second during the first weekend round and third during the race on Sunday, is the 2022 champion in the first division of the Ford Fiesta Cup!
|#22 Sen Roodenburg||#46 Alan Czyz|
Youngtimer Touring Car Challenge (YTCC) also participated in the Supercar madness weekend. The YTCC race is an race for Touring Cars, Sports Cars, Prototypes and even Le Mans and Imsa cars built before 1990. All participants had one qualification race on Saturday, following by two races. Third and last race was held on Sunday.
Supercar Challenge 2022 season is a fact, a season full of good races and challenges. Now the teams have the opportunity to take some rest and make the necessary upgrade for the upcoming season in 2023. We from The chronicles of Boost want to congratulate all winners.