On Sunday July 22nd we finished 2nd in class after 10 hours of racing at the Zanvdoort track in the Netherlands. Great result with the Kool Racing Clio, especially considering we finished 3rd place overall. Next endurance; 24hrs of Assen and Zandvoort on Sept 22&23rd.
The first endurance race of this season was the DNRT 8hr at the Zandvoort track. Driving as part of the KOOL-MTB-NRG team we managed to get to 2nd place in class until almost three hours into the race we broke a driveshaft. Replacement took 20 mins. With 10 laps behind we had our work carved out for us. We worked our way up the rankings in the last 5 hours and still managed to finish 5th in class when crossing the finish line. Next endurance – DNRT 10hrs on Sunday July 22nd
Season 2018 is looking to be an interesting and varied racing season, with exciting tracks like Spa-Francorchamps included as well as a couple nice endurance opportunities. The DNRT 2018 calendar can be found below (we compete in the Auto’s A class) as well as under the calendar tab on this website.
Unfortunately team KOOL-MTB-NRG was not able to complete the 10hr endurance race at Zandvoort. Severe damage in the very first lap meant significant time loss and ongoing trouble during the rest of this eventful day. 1 hour before the finish we decided to retire the car. No podium this year, but still another fantastic 8 hours of endurance racing…..
In seaon 2016 Arjan Oudejans participated in the Zandvoort 12hr endurance race, finishing 2nd in class. This season Arjan will again participate in the 10hr endurance – together with Martijn Kool and Thijs Raaijmakers taking place on Sunday October 15th on the Zandvoort track.
We are rapidly approaching the first races of season 2017 on Sunday April 9th at Circuit Park Zandvoort in the Netherlands. We are working hard to get the Clio ‘competition ready’ and look forward to seeing who our competitors will be in the DNRT Sports Class.
The final races are behind us and we can look back on a successful season. Mick de Jonge won the Belgian Belcar Endurance championship together with the Offenga BWM racing team.
Arjan Oudejans came 4th in the 2016 DNRT Sportsclass championship and we’ve made solid progress on finding the right speed in the reliable Renault Clio.
Highlight of the season was the 12-hours endurance race at Zandvoort in which Martijn Kool, Jim Raaijmakers and Arjan Oudejans in the Kool Autosport Clio (picture below) finished second in class and only 12 seconds (!) behind the number 1 (if only we’d had 4 more laps… :-))
We look forward to seeing you at the track in 2017 and we thank all our loyal sponsors for their continued support!!
On September 18th 2016 the newly formed endurance race team ‘KOOL-MTB-NRG’ had a dream debut finishing 2nd in class and 4th overall in the DNRT Zandvoort 12hr Endurance race. If we could have avoided losing 15 minutes due to being called into the pit lane by race control for exceeding track noise limits, we could have scored a 1st position overall. We definitely were the fastest car out there!!