Assen Welcomes The Supercar Challenge Once More For Another Showdown
Racing at TT Circuit Assen will be engraved in the DNA of those racing in the Supercar Challenge, the most important GT, Touring, and Prototype series of the Lowlands. Round 2 of the 2020 season takes us back to ”The Cathedral” where Alex Cascatău put on a crushing show last time out. Can he do it all over again?
The four-round 2020 season of the Supercar Challenge will reach its mid-way point this coming weekend (September 26-27) as another pair of races will take place at Holland’s famous Assen Circuit, scene of many wet and twitchy moments merely two-and-a-half weeks ago. BS Racing will be back to defend their class-leading position and they are faced with a growing Deldiche Racing contingent of cars.
In the season-opener, Belcar commitments took precedent for Belgian team Deldiche Racing that decided to focus on the championship that Alex ran in 2019. This resulted in a two-horse race in the CN category in both of the races in early September but the lack of in-class rivals only motivated BS Racing to aim higher and aim higher they did. Taking the fight to the much quicker Ginetta G57 of Max Aschoff, Alex and his team-mate Alain Berg kept their nose clen to claim a pair of outright wins – an amazing performance given that that was the team’s maiden outing with a CN-class prototype. Cascatău had shown his intentions during qualifying where he stormed to pole position in his class for both races.
Now, BS Racing won’t have the Ginetta of Aschoff to shake off but Deldiche Racing’s three-car team will contest the full weekend for a change. Thus, Alex’s key rival during qualifying last time out, Sam Dejonghe, will also compete in the two races and, even if that wasn’t the case, a 1 v. 3 fight is never easy.
Still, the team is confident it can preserve its advantage in the standings and maybe even enlarge it as the mechanics plan to find more speed in the naturally aspirated Norma M20 FC (all of Deldiche’s cars are turbocharged) by fiddling with the setup. If those three Normas didn’t pose enough of a challenge, consider this: the grid of the Prototype & GT Challenge will be bolstered by the addition of Equipe Verschuur’s ultra-fast Renault RS.01 GT3 and, besides, there’s rain on the forecast once more. In short, the second weekend of racing at Assen may prove to be a lot more exciting than the first one!
”After a dream debut at Assen last time out, I can't wait to get back on this fabulous track. I didn't expect it to be so fun to drive last time out, but the layout with flowing corners fits my driving style very well. We're not resting on our laurels and we've already done an in-depth debrief and analysis since the last race, and we now have ideas on how to improve the car and our driving style as well.”
Watch an Onboard Lap at Assen with Alex Cascatau
Full Timetable – Supercar Challenge Round 2, TT Circuit Assen (Romanian Local Time, CET+1)
Friday, September 25
10:00-10:30 – Free Practice 1
12:28-12:58 – Free Practice 2
18:01-18:21 – Qualifying
Saturday, September 26
15:15-16:20 – Race 1 (60 min + 1 lap)
Sunday, September 27
17:08-18:03 – Race 2 (50 min + 1 lap)
2020 Supercar Challenge Race calendar:
4-6 September | TT Circuit Assen - DTM
25-27 September | TT Circuit Assen - Gamma Racing Day
9-11 October | Circuit Zandvoort - Voorjaars Races
31 October - 1 November | TT Circuit Assen - Hankook Finale races