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ABOUT LAURENS VANTHOOR

Laurens Vanthoor is a Belgian racing driver, born on the 8th of May 1991. He lives near Circuit Zolder and watched his father race during his childhood.

Karting

Like most other drivers, Laurens Vanthoor started out in karting. In 2005 he became French and Belgian Champion in the ICA-J class and also finished fourth in the European Championship. In 2007 Vanthoor became an official factory driver for the CRG racing team in the KF2 category. He ended up being out of action for five months as the result of an accident. His season’s best result was as a runner-up in the North European Championship.

Single-seaters

At the very young age of 16 Vanthoor switched to single-seaters. He skipped all junior formulas and in 2008 went straight into the German F3. It didn’t take long before the motorsport world discovered his talent, with a fourth place in the championship in his maiden season, with two wins and three poles. In 2009, Laurens Vanthoor became the youngest German F3 champion ever, winning 11 races, an unbeaten record to this day. Meanwhile he was also the youngest ever driver to compete in the illustrious Macau F3 Grand Prix with a 6th place in 2008. In the FIA F3 Euroseries, after a promising first season, Laurens Vanthoor, in the meanwhile member of the Belgian RACB National team, twice took a 6th spot in the 2010 and 2011 final rankings, clinching 9 podium finishes. During his F3 years, where he always raced in the Volkswagen colours, he systematically started building up a strong relationship with the German car manufacturer.

Switch to a roof

2012 was a major change for Laurens Vanthoor, still only 20 at the start of the season. Vanthoor switched to GT racing and in only 3 years he became one of the most successful GT drivers in the motorsport world. “I gave up my dream to become a F1-driver”, explained Laurens Vanthoor at the time. “But I managed to become a professional racing driver, I made my living out of my passion. This is a fantastic achievement as well.”

Since the first day Vanthoor has raced for Belgian WRT AUDI. “It was a decision taken in collaboration with the Belgian Audi and VW Club. Former President J.G Mal Voy and all the members have been supporting me from the beginning and they played an important roll in what I do now. From the first minute with WRT, our goal was to become Audi factory driver, which I did at the end of 2012.”

Vanthoor managed to win the FIA GT title in 2013, together with Monegasque driver and former winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Stéphane Ortelli. 2014 brought even more success, with the Blancpain Endurance Title, the Blancpain GT Title and a victory in the Spa 24 Hours, the world’s most important GT race. In between Vanthoor also conquered the Zolder 24 Hours back in 2012.

Future

The future for Laurens Vanthoor is double. “Of course I want to continue the strong work with Audi and WRT in GT racing. But a second goal is without any doubt: the 24 Hours of Le Mans. I’m working hard to start in the most tremendous race in the world, but the dream is to win one day!”

All that we are is the results of what we have thought

My Life

Laurens through the lens

CAREER - RESULTS

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If you expect the world to be fair with you because you are fair, you're fooling yourself. That's like expecting the lion not to eat you because you didn't eat him.

2016 - CALENDAR

Where's the action?

DUBAI / DUBAI
16 - 17 JANUARI 2016

24 HOURS OF DUBAI

BATHURST / AUSTRIA
6 - 7 FEBRUARI 2016

12 HOURS OF BATHURST

CURITIBA / BRASIL
5 - 6 MARCH 2016

STOCKCAR CURITIBA

NURBURGRING / GERMANY
2 - 3 APRIL 2016

VLN1

MISANO / ITALY
9 - 10 APRIL 2016

BLANCPAIN GT SERIES

OSCHERSLEBE / GERMANY
16 - 17 APRIl 2016

ADAC GT MASTERS

MONZA / ITALY
23 APRIL - 24 MAY 2016

BLANCPAIN GT SERIES

SACHSENRONG / GERMANY
30 APRIL - 1 MAY 2016

ADAC GT MASTERS

BRANS HATCH /GREAT BRITAIN
7 - 8 MAY 2016

BLANCPAIN GT SERIES

SILVERSTONE / GERMANY
14 - 15 MAY 2015

BLANCPAIN GT SERIES

NURBURGRING / GERMANY
28 - 29 MAY 2016

24 HOURS OF NURBURGRING

LE MANS / FRANCE
18 - 19 JUNE 2016

24 HOURS OF LE MANS

PAUL RICARD / FRANCE
25 - 26 JUNE 2016

BLANCPAIN GT SERIES

NURBURGRING / GERMANY
2 - 3 JULY 2016

BLANCPAIN GT SERIES

RED BULL RING / AUSTRIA
23 - 24 JULY 2016

ADAC GT MASTERS

SPA / BELGIUM
30 - 31 JULY 2016

BLANCPAIN GT SERIES - 24 HOURS OF SPA

NURBURGRING / GERMANY
6 - 7 AUGUST 2016

ADAC GT MASTERS

ZANDVOORT / NETHERLANDS
20 - 21 AUGUST 2016

ADAC GT MASTERS

BUDAPEST / HUNGARY
27 - 28 AUGUST 2016

BLANCPAIN GT SERIES

NURBURGRING / GERMANY
17 - 18 SEPTEMBER 2016

BLANCPAIN GT SERIES

BUDAPEST / HUNGARY
27 - 28 AUGUST 2016

BLANCPAIN GT SERIES

MACAU / CHINA
19 - 20 NOVEMBER 2016

WORLD CUP

SEPANG / MALAYSIA
10 - 11 DECEMBER 2016

12 HOURS OF SEPANG

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