Laurens Vanthoor

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Laurens Vanthoor
Laurens Vanthoor.JPG
Vanthoor in 2009.
Nationality Belgium Belgian
Born (1991-05-08) 8 May 1991 (age 26)
Hasselt, Belgium
FIA GT1 World Championship career
Debut season 2012
Current team WRT
Car no. 32
Starts 18
Wins 3
Poles 1
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 4th in 2012
Previous series
2009
200809
2010-11
2012-2016

2012-2016
2016
Belgian Touring Car Series
German Formula Three
Formula 3 Euro Series
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup
Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup
Intercontinental GT Challenge
Championship titles
2016
2014

2014
2013
2009
Intercontinental GT Challenge
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup
Blancpain GT Series
FIA GT Series
German Formula Three

Laurens Vanthoor (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈlʌu̯rəns vɑnˈtoːr] (pronounced together as [ˈlʌu̯rənsfɑnˈtoːr]); born 8 May 1991) is a Belgian professional racing driver. He currently resides in Zolder.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Born in Hasselt, Vanthoor began his kart racing career at an early age. In 2005 he became French and Belgian Champion in the ICA-J class, and he also finished fourth in the European Championship.

In 2007 Vanthoor become an official factory driver for the CRG racing team in the KF2 category. He ended up being out of action for five months out due to an accident, resulting in six fractures.[1] His best result in the season was a runner-up position in the North European Championship.

Formula Three[edit]

Vanthoor began his formula racing career in the 2008 German Formula Three season, jumping from karting directly into Formula Three. He finished fourth overall in the championship, with two wins and three poles. Following his successes, the Belgian Automobile Club (RACB) made him a member of their "National Team" initiative and Volkswagen Motorsport made him an official driver.[2][3] Vanthoor also became the youngest driver ever in the history of the Macau Grand Prix, and he finished in sixth position.[4]

With Frédéric Vervisch and Sebastian Saavedra both moving Stateside and Johnny Cecotto Jr. moving up to the F3 Euroseries and GP2, Vanthoor became the main title contender for the 2009 season. Vanthoor followed Vervisch's lead of 2008, by dominating the field, wrapping up the title at the Nürburgring.[5]

He moved into the Formula Three Euroseries for the 2010 season, with Signature[6] and stayed with the team for the 2011 season. He scored several podium finishes, but never won a race.

FIA GT1[edit]

In 2012 he switched to the FIA GT1 World Championship with WRT. Together with Stéphane Ortelli, he won both the qualifying and championship races at the first round at Nogaro.

In 2014 he competed in the Blancpain Sprint Series and Blancpain Endurance Series, winning the latter.

2015[edit]

In 2015, he started his season in the Bathurst 12 Hour with Phoenix Racing. He took the pole with a new lap record and ended 2nd. He also drove in Brazil for the 1st round of the Stock Car Brasil together with Valdeno Brito for Shell Racing at Goiania. Together with Belgian Audi Club Team WRT he won the 24 Hours of Nürburgring in the new Audi R8 LMS 2015 specification. On 3 October, during the event at Misano for the Blancpain Sprint Series, he was involved in a major crash which led to a serious injury. Therefore, he missed the last race of the season as well as the race at Macau, where he was replaced by René Rast. He made his comeback at the Sepang 12 Hours, which he won with Stéphane Ortelli and Stuart Leonard.

2016[edit]

In 2016, he started his season with a win in the Dubai 24 Hour with Belgian Audi Club Team WRT. On 21 November 2016, Vanthoor quite literally flew and won the FIA GT World Cup, crowning himself as World Champion on the streets of Macau. On 3 December 2016, it was announced that Vanthoor would change from Audi to Porsche and the focus would be on the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship where he will drive a Porsche 911 RSR together with Kevin Estre.[7] During his last race with Audi, he won the Sepang 12 Hours together with Robin Frijns, Christopher Haase and Phoenix Racing. With this he crowned himself as the first winner of the Intercontinental GT Challenge.[8]

2017[edit]

In 2017, he started his season in the Daytona 24 Hours with, after driving 4 years for Audi, his new employer: Porsche, in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Together with Kevin Estre and Richard Lietz, he finished 10th overall and 6th in the GTLM-class with the new Porsche 911 RSR 2017 specifications.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles FLaps Podiums Points Position
2008 German Formula Three Van Amersfoort Racing 18 2 3 2 9 85 4th
Macau Grand Prix RC Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 6th
2009 German Formula Three Van Amersfoort Racing 18 11 11 10 15 163 1st
Masters of Formula 3 Carlin Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 15th
Macau Grand Prix Signature 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 13th
Belgian Touring Car Series SEAT Belgium 2 0 1 0 1 0 NC†
2010 Formula 3 Euroseries Signature 18 0 0 0 4 42 6th
2011 Formula 3 Euroseries Signature 27 0 0 0 5 189 6th
2012 FIA GT1 World Championship Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 18 3 1 0 3 122 4th
Blancpain Endurance Series 6 0 0 0 2 59 5th
2013 FIA GT Series Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 12 3 2 3 9 132 1st
Blancpain Endurance Series 5 0 1 0 1 24 14th
2014 Blancpain Sprint Series Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 14 4 3 0 6 100 4th
Blancpain Endurance Series 5 2 2 0 3 107 1st
2015 Blancpain Sprint Series Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 12 5 2 0 6 109 3rd
Blancpain Endurance Series 5 0 0 0 2 48 6th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 OAK Racing 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
World Endurance Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 19th
Stock Car Brasil Shell Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
Red Bull Racing 2 0 0 0 0
2016 Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 10 1 1 1 3 58 5th
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 5 0 1 2 3 54 6th
European Le Mans Series 1 0 0 0 1 18 19th
Intercontinental GT Challenge 1 0 1 1 1 58 1st
Phoenix Racing 2 1 0 0 2
ADAC GT Masters kfzteile24 APR Motorsport 8 0 0 3 3 50 16th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 Michael Shank Racing 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 9th
Stock Car Brasil Shell Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship - GTLM Porsche GT Team 4 0 0 0 1 101 8th*
24 Hours of Daytona - GTLM 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 6th
Intercontinental GT Challenge Walkinshaw GT3 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC*

As Vanthoor was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points.
* Season still in progress.

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 DC Points
2010 Signature Dallara F308/033 Volkswagen LEC
1

Ret
LEC
2

5
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

Ret
VAL
1

5
VAL
2

3
NOR
1

9
NOR
2

5
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

11
ZAN
1

7
ZAN
2

2
BRH
1

2
BRH
2

7
OSC
1

13
OSC
2

4
HOC
1

6
HOC
2

DSQ
6th 42
2011 Signature Dallara F309/023 Volkswagen LEC
1

8
LEC
2

7
LEC
3

5
HOC
1

3
HOC
2

6
HOC
3

15
ZAN
1

4
ZAN
2

5
ZAN
3

6
RBR
1

7
RBR
2

2
RBR
3

7
NOR
1

2
NOR
2

8
NOR
3

4
NÜR
1

5
NÜR
2

3
NÜR
3

5
SIL
1

6
SIL
2

6
SIL
3

4
VAL
1

11
VAL
2

11
VAL
3

6
HOC
1

3
HOC
2

9
HOC
3

12
6th 189

FIA GT competition results[edit]

Complete GT1 World Championship results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Points
2012 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS ultra NOG
QR

1
NOG
CR

1
ZOL
QR

12
ZOL
CR

6
NAV
QR

9
NAV
QR

10
SVK
QR

11
SVK
CR

6
ALG
QR

10
ALG
CR

6
SVK
QR

5
SVK
CR

5
MOS
QR

1
MOS
CR

4
NUR
QR

2
NUR
CR

6
DON
QR

2
DON
CR

4
4th 122

Complete FIA GT Series results[edit]

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos. Points
2013 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS ultra Pro NOG
QR

16
NOG
CR

2
ZOL
QR

1
ZOL
CR

2
ZAN
QR

1
ZAN
CR

2
SVK
QR

2
SVK
CR

3
NAV
QR

7
NAV
CR

15
BAK
QR

2
BAK
CR

1
1st 132

Complete Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup results[edit]

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos. Points
2014 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS ultra Pro NOG
QR

1
NOG
CR

Ret
BRH
QR

6
BRH
CR

4
ZAN
QR

3
ZAN
CR

10
SVK
QR

1
SVK
CR

11
ALG
QR

4
ALG
CR

8
ZOL
QR

1
ZOL
CR

3
BAK
QR

1
BAK
CR

1
4th 100
2015 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS ultra Pro NOG
QR

DNS
NOG
CR

DNS
BRH
QR

1
BRH
CR

1
ZOL
QR

1
ZOL
CR

1
MOS
QR

Ret
MOS
CR

5
ALG
QR

2
ALG
CR

1
MIS
QR

Ret
MIS
CR

DNS
ZAN
QR
ZAN
CR
3rd 109
2016 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS Pro MIS
QR

3
MIS
CR

1
BRH
QR

5
BRH
CR

15
NÜR
QR

24
NÜR
CR

7
HUN
QR

3
HUN
CR

8
CAT
QR

13
CAT
CR

4
5th 58

Complete Intercontinental GT Challenge results[edit]

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 Pos. Points
2016 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS Pro BAT
3
SEP
1
1st 58
Belgian Audi Club Team WRT SPA
2
2017 Walkinshaw GT3 Porsche 911 GT3 R Pro BAT
Ret
SPA
LAG
SEP
NC 0

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2015 France OAK Racing Canada Chris Cumming
France Kévin Estre
Ligier JS P2-Honda LMP2 329 DNF DNF
2016 United States Michael Shank Racing Brazil Oswaldo Negri
United States John Pew
Ligier JS P2-Honda LMP2 345 14th 9th

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2015 OAK Racing LMP2 Ligier JS P2 Honda HR28TT 2.8 L Turbo V6 SIL SPA LMS
Ret
NÜR COA FUJ SHA BHR 19th 0

Complete European Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank Points
2016 Team WRT LMP2 Ligier JS P2 Judd HK 3.6 L V8 SIL IMO RBR LEC SPA
2
EST 19th 18

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
2017 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR (2017) GTLM DAY
6
SEB
8
LBH
3
AUS
8
S6H
MSP
LRP
ELK
VIR
LS
PET
8th* 101*

* Season still in progress

Complete Stock Car Brasil results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Rank Points
2015 Shell Racing Chevrolet Sonic GOI
1

8
RBP
1

RBP
2

VEL
1

VEL
2

CUR
1

CUR
2

SCZ
1

SCZ
2

NC† 0†
Red Bull Racing CUR
1

19
CUR
2

Ret
GOI
1

CAS
1

CAS
2

MOU
1

MOU
2

CUR
1

CUR
2

TAR
1

TAR
2

INT
1

2016 Shell Racing Chevrolet Sonic CUR
1

5
VEL
1

VEL
2

GOI
1

GOI
2

SCZ
1

SCZ
2

TAR
1

TAR
2

CAS
1

CAS
2

INT
1

LON
1

LON
2

TBA
1
TBA
2
GOI
1

GOI
2

CDC
1

CDC
2

INT
1
NC† 0†

As Vanthoor was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Laurens Vanthoor herstelt van de crash". kartworld.be (in Belgian). PHP-Nuke. 2007-04-03. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  2. ^ "Laurens Vanthoor joins the RACB National Team". laurensvanthoor.be. 2008-12-23. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  3. ^ "The Formula 3 Cup Champion 2009: Laurens Vanthoor in profile". volkswagen-motorsport.com. Volkswagen. 2009-08-22. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  4. ^ "Laurens Vanthoor takes fantastic sixth place in Macau Grand Prix". laurensvanthoor.be. 2008-11-16. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  5. ^ "The reward for hard work". formel3.de. ATS Formel 3. 2009-08-24. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  6. ^ "Wittmann e Vanthoor con Signature". ItaliaRacing.net (in Italian). Inpagina. 2009-11-24. Archived from the original on 12 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  7. ^ "Vanthoor verlaat Audi voor Porsche - Focus op Amerika". autosport.be (in Belgian). Vincent Wouters. December 3, 2016. Retrieved December 29, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Phoenix Audi Wins Sepang 12H; Vanthoor Crowned IGTC Champion". sportscar365.com. John Dagys. December 10, 2016. Retrieved December 29, 2016. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Frédéric Vervisch
German Formula Three
Champion

2009
Succeeded by
Tom Dillmann
Preceded by
Markus Winkelhock
Marc Basseng
(GT1)
FIA GT Series
Champion

2013 with:
Stéphane Ortelli
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Maximilian Götz
(Blancpain Sprint Series)
Preceded by
Maximilian Buhk
Blancpain Endurance Series
Champion

2014
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Alex Buncombe
Katsumasa Chiyo
Wolfgang Reip
Preceded by
Inaugural
Blancpain GT Series
Champion

2014
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Robin Frijns
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Intercontinental GT Challenge
Champion

2016
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Awards
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Benjamin Bailly
RACB
Rookie Driver of the Year

2008
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Records
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(Macau Grand Prix)
Youngest driver to compete
in the Macau Grand Prix

17 years, 192 days
(2008)
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Preceded by
Carlo van Dam
21 years, 202 days
Youngest driver to win
German Formula Three title

18 years, 108 days
(2009)
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