RACB’s ‘Team of the Year” distinction adds to the 7 titles and the Total Spa 24 Hrs win, as the squad celebrates its first five years of racing
The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT has been elected Team of the Year by the special jury of the RACB, Belgium’s Royal Automobile Club. It is the third time that the squad is awarded the top national distinction for a team in its home country, after conquering the prestigious award in 2011 and 2013.
The distinction adds to the extraordinary collection of titles and wins harvested during 2014, which has seen the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT winning 7 out of the 8 Blancpain competitions it contested, on top of bringing home the Total 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the world’s most prestigious GT race.
Reflecting on the success at end of such a fruitful season, Team Principal Vincent Vosse stated: “We can be proud of what we have achieved on the track, but what makes me happiest and proudest is to see that we have achieved putting together an exceptional team of talented and competent people, united by very strong commitment and determination, and that we have been able to create a true WRT family spirit. What strikes me when looking at the 2014 season is that we haven’t been dominating the championships, where competition has been extremely close, but that we have succeeded to be the best in the key moments, at the Total Spa 24 Hours, at the Nürburgring 1000 and at the Baku World Challenge, and that has made the difference.”
Looking forward to 2015, Vosse explained: “It is going to be difficult to repeat such a successful season as 2014, … but in a way, that’s the challenge we have been faced with every year. What I can say is that we will continue with the same passion and motivation, with the same search for excellence, faithful to a brand, Audi, to whom we are grateful for the
great support and cooperation. And we will be happy to continue contributing to the ever-growing success of GT racing. Recently, we have also expanded into new grounds, races on ice, with the Trophée Andros, and it is nice to see that we are already winning races. ”
“In only five years of presence in GT racing”, recalls Vosse, “WRT has managed to win 26 titles or major races, and most of all, it has gained the respect of everybody in racing circles. It was back in November 2008 when, together with an exceptional technician as René Verbist, with whom I worked in my years as a driver, and an enthusiastic motorsports fan and gentleman-driver, Yves Weerts, we first had the idea to create a team. The two V and the W explain the name: W Racing Team. We certainly couldn’t dream at that time that the journey would have been so exciting and successful. It accelerated the end of my career as a driver but I do not regret the choice one single second: leading such a project is just fabulous! We spent 2009 setting up everything and we hit the track in 2010 in the Belcar series, clinching our first two titles…”
Since then, many things have happened … and the story continues!
A video reviewing the first five years of existence of Team WRT has been released and can be viewed through this link: http://youtu.be/znKrKHU1P9M