24 Mar PK Carsport & Heinz Hasselt aim for title in BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Benelux
In 2021, Stienes Longin and Peter Guelinckx will take on a new challenge. With a BMW M2 CS Racing from the workshops of PK Carsport they are aiming high: the title in the BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Benelux, a new and spectacular track championship in the Benelux.
A six-cylinder engine under the bonnet, 550 Nm of torque, impressive aerodynamics: the new BMW M2 CS Racing is a real race bomb. Stienes Longin and Peter Guelinckx are no strangers to the car, as in January the duo, together with Bert Longin and Stijn Lowette, drove the BMW to victory in the TCX class at the 24 Hours of Dubai.
The BMW M2 CS Racing now has its own Benelux Championship. Five race weekends are scheduled, at Spa, Zandvoort and Zolder. Each weekend will feature three races: two 30-minute sprint races and a longer 55-minute race with mandatory pit stop.
“Peter, through his role in the Groep van Osch and BMW Centrauto, belongs to the largest BMW distributors in the country,” explains Stienes Longin. “As a relative newcomer to motorsport, he was keen to complete a full championship for once, so our choice naturally fell on the BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Benelux.”
“That combination of sprint races and a race of longer duration is ideal for Peter to learn the craft,” continued Longin Jr. “But beware, we’re going all out for the title. During the 24 Hours of Dubai we proved that we can be competitive, and now we want to continue that success.”
“As a team, we with PK Carsport are enormously looking forward to this new challenge,” adds Anthony Kumpen. “Stienes Longin, is in the meantime also one of our fixed values in our team. And that is not only because of the name Longin. As a young driver, it’s not easy to follow in the footsteps of someone with Bert’s dedication and palmares. The development that Stienes has gone through in recent years proves that he is currently one of the best drivers in the country. The BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Benelux will be a nice challenge for him. In combination with Peter Guelinckx, he will form a very strong team. Peter has only been racing for one year and is doing it already in a very professional way. There are few drivers who can say that they have won their first 24-hour race. As a team we are going to do everything we can to make this a winning combination, so we are setting the limits high.”
Racing in corona times, it’s not easy. But fortunately the Longin family can count on loyal partners. “Everyone who supported us in the past will be back this year,” explains Bert. “All those people are happy to come to the races again, something that was hardly possible last year. That should improve this season. But to avoid travel problems – you never know how the current Covid 19 situation will evolve – most of our partners want to limit their travel. That is why we chose to run a championship within the Benelux in 2021. Zolder, Zandvoort and Spa are very easy to reach by car, and in the evening everyone can simply return home.”
All this means that Stienes Longin will be putting his activities a bit lower in the Nascar Whelen Euro Series for a while. “But we will certainly not drop that championship,” Stienes explains. “Early October we will certainly be present at the season finale, the Nascar American Festival in Zolder. That is also an excellent opportunity to prepare for the 2022 season. But first full focus on the BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Benelux!”