- Belgian outfit unveil driver pairing for the 2021 GT2 European Series.
- Peter Guelinckx joins experienced GT racer Bert Longin for first full-season campaign.
- Team to contest new-for-2021 series in an Audi R8 LMS GT2, with the first round set to take place at Monza on 17-18 April.
PK Carsport by Heinz have confirmed Peter Guelinckx and Bert Longin will form their driver line-up for the upcoming GT2 European Series season.
The Belgian team, which will run an Audi R8 LMS GT2 in the new-for-2021 series, have enjoyed headline success in international GT racing in the past, with six victories in the FIA GT Championship, including the prestigious Total 24 Hours of Spa.
In Longin, the team has one of the most experienced GT racers of the past two decades, with the Belgian enjoying front-running campaigns in the FIA GT Championship, the Blancpain Endurance Series GT3 Pro Cup, Belcar, the Spanish and Belgian national GT championships and the Ford Fiesta Sprint Cup Belgium, as well as victory in the 24 Hours of Zolder.
For Guelinckx, it marks his first full-season campaign in motorsport, having previously taken victory with the PK Carsport team in the TCX class at the 24H TCE Series at Dubai Autodrome earlier this year, as well as a further podium at Yas Marina in the 6H of Abu Dhabi alongside Longin.
"As soon as I saw the Audi R8 LMS GT2, I was immediately very impressed," explained Guelinckx.
"It's an exceptional car, especially since there won't be that many of them built. That makes this car even more attractive.
"It's a very high-level European championship. With SRO we are guaranteed a highly professional organization. In addition, the races take place on beautiful Formula 1 circuits, with the highest level of safety. This aspect also played a role in convincing my relatives."
"I'm very grateful to Peter for choosing me as a team member,” added Longin.
“And it's very nice to be able to do it with PK Carsport. Anthony is great as Team Manager! We’ve got a good car, and a great team with a very developed motorsport culture. This should allow us to be competitive."
Team Manager Anthony Kumpen underlined his delight at joining the series, which forms part of SRO’s re-vitalised GT Sports Club initiative, and looks forward to the challenge ahead.
“We are very happy to be involved in the launch of a new championship,” said Kumpen.
“It's always an extra challenge. We can also count on the support of Audi Sport and we have done several days of testing. The whole PK Carsport team is ready for this challenge!”
The series, which comprises five events, each with two 50-minute races at a range of the continent’s premier circuits, is aimed at providing a competitive environment for gentlemen and pro drivers alike, as well as a home for high-power models from the likes of Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini and KTM.
The 2021 season begins at Monza, Italy on 17-18 April on the support bill for the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS Endurance Cup.
The calendar then takes in further events at Hockenheim, Silverstone and Spa, before concluding at Paul Ricard in the autumn.