TCR

Planning 2019 : TCR EUROPE 

Dates 2019 Circuits
  • Round 1 :   27-28/04/2019   
  • Round 2 :   25-26/05/2019
  • Round 3 :   08-09/06/2019  
  • Round 4 :   13-14/07/2019 
  • Round 5 :   03-04/08/2019 
  • Round 6 :   21-22/09/2019 
  • Round 7 :   12-13/10/2019
  • Hongary - Budapest 
  • Germany - Hockenheim 
  • Belgium - Spa
  • Autstria - Redbull Ring 
  • Germany - Oschersleben 
  • Spain - Barcelona 
  • Italy - Monza

 

July 2019, TCR Europe, Redbull Ring, Round 4

The 4th meeting of the TCR Europe Championship took place on July 13 and 14 at the Redbull Ring, with our Honda #50 in the capable hands of Tom Coronel. Race 1 : Qualified in 10th position, Tom is 9th when he is hit by another competitor.
In race 2, thanks to the reverse grid rule for the first 10 qualified drivers, Tom starts in POLE and leads 95% of the race when the car is given a drive through penalty which relegates him to 18th position.

 

June 2019, TCR Europe, Spa, Round 3 : 

From P14 in qualifying to P10 in race 1 for Tom Coronel on the Honda #50. Great start, passed P8 in the first lap. But a safety car disrupts the rhythm. Tom finishes at the 10th position. First Honda.

Race 2 : good start of race for Tom Coronel who was doing a clean job. He was P7 when got hit and pushed out of the race. Classified P25 .. 

 

May 2019, TCR Europe, Hockenheim, Round 2 : 

  • Race 1 : from P21 to P11 : Great recovery for Tom Coronel after a difficult qualy ! 
  • Race 2 : great race for Tom Coronel, in this short race (23 minutes + 1 lap) from P21 to P10. Best Honda car result. Best Honda Laptime in the race 1 & 2.

 

April 2019, TCR Europe, Budapest, Round 1 : Stephane Lemeret, at the wheel of the Honda #2.

  • Race 1 : P28  (drive through) 
  • Race 2 : Started from P19, Stephane ended P7 on a wet track ! Nice overtakings ! 
 

 

Planning 2018 : FIA WTCR

Dates 2018 Circuits
  • Round 1 :   07-08/04/2018   
  • Round 2 :   28-29/04/2018  
  • Round 3 :   12-13/05/2018   
  • Round 4 :   19-20/05/2018   
  • Round 5 :   23-24/06/2018  
  • Round 6 :   13-15/07/2018  
  • Round 7 :   29-30/09/2018  
  • Round 8 :   06-07/10/2018  
  • Round 9 :   27-28/10/2018  
  • Round 10 : 17-18/11/2018
  • Marocco – Marrakech
  • Hungary – Budapest
  • Germany - Nurburgring
  • Netherlands -  Zandvoort
  • Portugal – Vila Real
  • Slovakia - Slovakia Ring
  • China – Ningbo
  • China - Wuhan
  • Japan – Suzuka
  • Macau

 

Nov 2018, FIA WTCR, Macau, Round 10 : Ma Qing Hua in the car, street's circuit,  

2 qualifying sessions today, with quali for Race 1 and quali for Races 2 & 3. Some trafic issues for Ma, and some power issues for Tom.

Quali for Race 1 : 

  • P15 : Ma
  • P20 : Tom Coronel 

Quali for Races 2 & 3 : 

  • P16 : Ma
  • P23 : Tom Coronel

Eventful race 1 here in Macau : Tom Coronel - Honda #9 - started P18 and finished P13. Unfortunately, Ma Qing Hua - Honda #55 - was pushed out while he was P9. 

Races 2 & 3 : the circuit is very fast but not very large, ..

At the end, our 2 cars saw the chequered flag, ..

Race 2 : 

  • P13 : Ma Qing Hua
  • P16 : Tom Coronel

Race 3 : 

  • P11 : Ma Qing Hua
  • P14 : Tom Coronel 

 

Oct 2018, FIA WTCR, Suzuka, Japan, Round 9 : Tiago Monteiro is back ..

FIA WTCR, Suzuka, Japan, Round 9: Race 1

1st race of the weekend, this Saturday afternoon, here in Japan at the Suzuka circuit, where Tom Coronel has more fans than Zandvoort.
A strange feeling for Tiago Monteiro after his 14 months of absence. But after a few moments, Tiago finds all his automatisms.
As often, however, a lack of power for our 2 Honda, and at the end of the race, a fifteenth and seventeenth position.
 
Race 1:
  • P15: Tiago Monteiro
  • P17: Tom Coronel

Race 2 :

  • P15 : Tiago Monteiro
  • P19 : Tom Coronel 

Race 3 : 

  • P11 : Tiago Monteiro
  • P14 : Tom Coronel

 

 
 

 

Oct 2018, FIA WTCR, Wuhan, Round 8 : street's circuit .. 

Qualifying session :

  • P15, Ma Qing Hua (5 grid positions penalty due to contact in race, at Ningbo, Ma will start P20)
  • P22, Tom Coronel

Race 1 :

  • P12 for Ma Qing Hua, started P20
  • DNF for Tom Coronel, due to contact

Qualifying sessions QI/Q2/Q3 :

  • Awesome qualifying session of Ma, P2 en Q1 ! First 12 drivers participate in Q2. Tom Coronel is P24.
  • Q2 : Ma, P9, and will start in front row for Race 2, as the reversed grid for the 10 first qualified drivers.

Race 2 :

  • P8 for Ma Qing Hua, but penalty of 5 seconds after contact with Huff. Ma is classified P12.
  • DNF for Tom Coronel - technical issue.

Race 3 :

  • P7 for Ma Qing Hua, and the first points in the Championship, for his second race meeting in the WTCR.
  • DNF for Tom Coronel - steering wheel issue

 

Sept 2018, FIA WTCR, Ningbo, China, Round 7

  • Tom Coronel, Honda #9
  • Ma Qing Hua, Honda #55 replaces Benjamin Lessennes for Chinese rounds, 

Results : 

  • Qualif : P17, Ma Qing Hua, 0,8 sec from pole. P22 for Tom Coronel
  • Race 1 : P15 : Tom Coronel, flat tire in the last lap.  P19 for Ma Qing Hua, hit by others competitors in the first part of the race.

 

Tom Coronel "I had a pretty good start and went from 21st to about 15th when so many cars in front of me started hitting each other all over the place. I passed Kevin Ceccon, which was a good move. It was tough to run at a constant pace and I had a few cars lining up behind me, but I was pretty confident I could keep them behind me. Then with a lap-and-a-half to go I had a slow puncture, which got worse over the rest of the race. I don’t know how I managed to finish, but I got it to the line.”

Ma Qing Hua : “It was a tough race. I was hit about four or five times on the first lap through the middle section by many different drivers, who all seemed to want to use me as a brake. That left me with some damage to the suspension – I could hear a ‘tut tut tut’ noise from the corner of the car all the race, but that damage had a big effect on the pace I could run. I was able to catch up with the few cars ahead of me towards the end, but the damage was done early on.”

Qualifying session :

  • P8 Ma Qing Hua !  In Q2, ! but anti roll bar broken during Q2, not possible to improve .. P12.
  • P23 for Tom Coronel in Q1

Race 2 :

  • P15 for Tom Coronel, started from P23.
  • Ma Qing Hua is classified P17 after crash with another competitor. The front of the car is too damaged to repair for Race 3

Race 3 :

  • P17 for Tom Coronel

 

 

 

July 2018, FIA WTCR, Slovakia, Round 6

6th race meeting of the season FIA WTCR ! On the Slovakiaring in Slovakia.

Tom Coronel, Honda #9, Benjamin Lessennes, Honda #63.

Results: 

  • FP1  : P1, Tom Coronel !! P22, Benjamin Lessennes (problème technique) 
  • FP2  : P16, B.Lessennes - P19, T.Coronel 
  • Qualif for race 1 : P6, Tom Coronel - P13, B.Lessennes
  • Race 1 : P7, T.Coronel, best result of the season. P20, B.Lessennes (had to start P23 due to penalty)
  • Q1/Q2/Q3 for race 2 & 3 : P8, B.Lessennes - P18, T. Coronel
  • Race 2 : P5, B.Lessennes  - DNF, T.Coronel
  • Race 3 : P8, T.Coronel, DNF, B.Lessennes

 

June 2018, FIA WTCR, Vila Real, Round 5

Hectic weekend !

A general pileup a few seconds after the start of race 1, the 2 driver on the front line having clung in a rather brutal manner as the pictures bear witness.

La video de Tom Coronel : https://bit.ly/2MonVFS

Repairs of fortune on the grid for our 2 Honda cars, and a re-start two hours later under a heat wave. Benjamin finishes P7, Tom Coronel DNF.

Sunday, still under a burning sun, Benjamin misses the pole of reverse grid for 20 hundredths of a second. In Race 2, he gets hit by Nathanael Berthon. And in race 3, he started P12 to finish P8 thanks to a good strategy of the joker lap.
Not easy to overtake in the streets of Vila Real ...
Too many punctures this weekend for Tom Coronel, P15 in race 2, DNF in race 3.

Results :

Qualif 1 :

  • P14 : B.Lessennes
  • P16 : T.Coronel

Race 1 : 

  • P7 : B.Lessennes 
  • DNF : T.Coronel

Qualif 2 : 

  • P12 : B.Lessennes
  • P24 : T.Coronel

Race 2 :

  • P15 : T.Coronel
  • DNF : B.Lessennes

Race 3 : 

  • P8 : B.Lessennes
  • DNF : T.Coronel

Benjamin Lessennes (after Sunday's races) : “I feel pretty good about today. On the one hand, I missed the reversed-grid pole by just two hundredths of a second, but I did the maximum possible with the car in that session. In Race Two I was battling with Nathanael Berthon on the first lap and he came across on me way too late and we had contact, which put me out. In Race Three I went from 12th to eighth because we made a great call on the joker lap strategy, and I have to thank my team for that.”

Tom Coronel : “It’s been a frustrating day. I had a front puncture in qualifying, so I hit the wall and had to start at the back. Then I got front punctures in both of the races, which made a good result possible. It’s a real shame because in Q1 the car was extremely fast. I lost a couple of laps because of minor track-limit violations, but my best lap would have put me in Q2 with a top-six time and that speed was genuine as well.”

May 2018, FIA WTCR, Zandvoort, Round 4 

A good qualifying session  for Benjamin Lessennes, P5, but his jumped start, in race 1, will earn him a drive-through penalty. It is pity. Tom Coronel scored his best race result, P7. Tiago Monteiro as coach of Benjamin Lessennes.

Results Zandvoort :

  • Race 1 : P7, T.Coronel, P19 : B.Lessennes
  • Race 2 : P12 : B.Lessennes, P14 : T.Coronel
  • Race 3 : DNF : T.Coronel (contact), B.Lessennes (puncture)

Benjamin Lessennes “We started well with fifth in qualifying yesterday, but it’s been a difficult weekend. Unfortunately, I made a little mistake in Race One and served the penalty for the jumped start, and then this morning qualifying was hard. We planned to put new tyres on for the end of Q1, but the track was very dusty so we couldn’t take any advantage from it. Race Two was difficult because it was hard to overtake, so we could only gain one place. In the final race I made quite a good start and had a good fight with Nathanael Berthon, but unfortunately in that fight I got a puncture, so that was the end of the race sadly. Still, we take the fifth-place pace and move on.”

Tom Coronel “It’s been my home race and your home race always gives you more energy. It was exciting here and you could really feel the emotion. Yesterday was strong and we scored good points with the best result of the season, which is always nice when you can do that on your home track. This morning it was a bit of a mess and we qualified 24th – I just didn’t put the lap together with traffic and made one mistake. In the race though I overtook 10 people – it was fun to show the fans some real racing! In the final race I made a terrible start and then was stuck on the inside into Tarzan. I wanted to take the outside, but unfortunately someone else had the same idea and we came together, and that was it. It’s not the way to end this weekend we would have wanted, but it’s been fantastic to see so many fans here this weekend.”

 

 

May 2018, FIA WTCR, Nurburgring/Nordschleife, Round 3 : Top 4 & Points !

It was already the 3rd meeting of the season on the very difficult German circuit, "The green Hell" ..
Benjamin did well, as he managed to secure a good 4th place in Race 3 on Honda # 63, while Tom Coronel, Honda # 9, scored points in all 3 races.

Benjamin Lessennes : « The Nurburgring is the most difficult circuit in the world, and I’ve just finished fourth, which is just incredible. The speed has been there all weekend – just like in Hungary – so I knew this kind of result was possible. In the first race I had contact from Rob Huff, which put me out on the first lap, but the team did a fantastic job to fix my car in the repair time. Without that I’d never have had the great result in Race Three. The next aim has to go one step better and finish on the podium.”

Tom Coronel “I’ve finished in the points in all three races this weekend, which is the first time that happened all year. We worked hard to maximise the car for the corners and it’s paid off, although we didn’t have the necessary straightline speed to challenge the other cars down the long straight at the end of the lap. Some of the driving out there was pretty tough and there was a lot of contact, especially from Gordon Shedden, but the car is handling well and this is all good for my home race at Zandvoort next week.”

 

 

April 2018, FIA WTCR, Budapest, Hungaroring, Round 2 : TOP 5 !

We are back from Hungary where, on the 28th and 29th of April, the 2nd round of the FIA WTCR Championship took place. On the program, 3 qualifying sessions and 3 races, with as best result, a TOP 5 place in race 3 for the young Belgian driver Benjamin Lessennes, at the wheel of the Honda # 63!
Tom Coronel, Honda #9, had more problems, starting in the middle of the grid and being touched in the first minutes of Sunday's races.

Despite the lack of experience of Benjamin of this circuit, we scored our best result in WTCR in two successive races. Fifth place in only our second weekend in WTCR is more than we were expecting, and this is a great platform to build on for the next few events. It’s a shame that Tom suffered race-ending damage in both races, but he’ll bounce back strongly.

  • Race 1 : P14 : B.Lessennes, DNF : T.Coronel
  • Race 2 : P8 : B.Lessennes, P19 : T.Coronel
  • Race 3 : P5 : B.Lessennes, DNF : T.Coronel

Benjamin Lessennes : “I’m delighted with the results from today. All weekend we’ve had strong top-six pace and today we managed to turn that into two great results with eighth and fifth. If you’d told me one month ago that I’d have a top-five finish within two WTCR events, I’d have taken it. I knew here would be easier than Marrakech because Hungaroring is a regular circuit and together we’ve had a very good day »

Tom Coronel : « When you qualify in the midfield, you know things are going to be tight, and today I was just hit a lot. In Race Two I was hit and suffered bent steering and had to retire. The same thing happened in Race Three – only this time even harder – so I had no option but to come into the pits and stop. It’s a shame, but Nurburgring will be much better as it’s a demanding track where hopefully my experience will give me a bit of an advantage.”

 

April 2018, WTCR, Marrakech, Round 1 : 

2 new Honda TCR: the # 9 for Tom Coronel, the # 63 for Benjamin Lessennes
A street’s circuit, the first practices sessions in the rain and a leak in brakes pipes for Benjamin Lessennes during qualifying session, not the easiest way to start a season! But at the end, Tom Coronel leaves Marrakech with his first point in the championship, and Benjamin Lessennes, with a good experience. 

 
Benjamin Lessennes :
After race 1 : “I’m very pleased with my race result. To start P23 and then finish P15 is so much better than I was expecting after qualifying, because I’d never even driven this circuit on a simulator! Qualifying was affected by a leak in the brake pipes, but this was fixed for the race and I felt quite a lot more comfortable. Tomorrow’s another day and I’m already looking forward to getting back in the car.”
 
 
After race 2 : “I was reasonably pleased with qualifying today and Race Two was going very well and I was able to make a couple of passing moves on people. Unfortunately, I got Filippi’d coming out of Turn 11; a totally unnecessary incident. The team did a fantastic job to get me back out for Race Three, even if I did have to start from the pitlane. The race was tough because my steering was out by about 60 degrees! I’ve learned a lot and next time in Hungary – at a more traditional circuit – I’m sure we can move up the grid.”
 
 
Tom Coronel :
After Race 1 : “It’s a shame for the race to go the way today’s has, but it happens. I saw some people coming together on the inside at the start and thought ‘that’s not going to work’, so I went outside and that didn’t work either. I was hit by Frederic Vervisch in the left-rear and that broke the toe-link, so I had to pit for repairs. The team did a fantastic job to fix it so quickly, but I was still two laps down, so there was little point in risking the car as we got to the end of the race and I pulled in to the pits early. Tomorrow’s another day and I’m aiming high.”
After race 2 : “Today I scored my first points of the season and I’m pleased with this. The car was very consistent and as the race wore on I seemed to be able to catch the cars in front of me quite easily. I made a mistake at Turn 1 in the middle of Race 3 and this cost me some positions, but I managed to make some back on a circuit where there are very few opportunities to pass, and that feels pretty good. It could have been all different if I hadn’t missed Q2 by seven hundredths of a second, but that’s racing.”
 
Results Saturday :
  • 09H00 : FP1 : on the rain !  : P11, B. Lessennes, P17, T.Coronel
  • 11H00 : FP2 : wet track : P9, B.Lessennes, P13, T.Coronel
  • 13H00 : Qualif : dry track : P17, T.Coronel, P24, B.Lessennes, brakes problems
  • 17H00 : Race 1 : Start of the race, Tom Coronel back to the pitbox for a broken tow Red flag. Team could repair, but Tom lost 1 lap. . Results: P15 for B.Lessennes, and P21 for T.Coronel
Results Sunday :
  • Qualif 1 : P14, T. Coronel, P17 : B.Lessennes
  • 14H45 : Race 2 : P10, Tom Coronel, P21 Benjamin Lessennes, hit by another competitor. Mechanics did a mega job to repair the car between the 2 races. Benjamin to start from the pitlane.
  • 18H10 : Race 3 : P12, Tom Coronel, P17 for Benjamin.
 
Olivier Lainé :
After race 1 : “This is our World Touring Car debut and we are very much in a learning process as a team. We’re very pleased with the performance shown by our drivers though. Tom was unlucky to get hit at the first corner, but the team did an excellent job to get him back on-track so quickly. Benjamin, for an 18-year-old who had experienced some brake issues in qualifying, did a very strong job in the race to move up eight places, make no mistakes and gain valuable experience for tomorrow.”
 
After race 2 : “We’ve scored our first points in World Touring Cars today, which is something we can be pleased about and we’ve learned a lot of things about how we can improve our performances already. Tom’s top-10 finish in Race Two was strong and if this was a track where overtaking was easier, he could have been even higher. We are also very pleased with the speed Benjamin has shown today and the team did a fantastic job to fix his car for Race Three. We look forward to Hungary and to moving up the grid.”
 

 

Planning 2017 : TCR BENELUX / TCR INTERNATIONAL

Dates 2017 Circuits
  • 22-23 Avril 2017
  • 05-07 Mai 2017          
  • 19-21 Mai 2017          
  • 03-04 Juin 2017   
  • 07-09 Juillet 2017      
  • 15-16 Juillet 2017  
  • 01-03 Sept 2017     
  • 23-24 Sept 2017
  • 06-08 Oct 2017
  • 21-22 Oct 2017
  • 17-18 Nov 2017
  • Spa - Belgium, TCR Benelux
  • Spa - Belgium, TCR International
  • Zandvoort - NL, TCR Benelux
  • Zolder - Belgium, TCR Benelux
  • Oschersleben, Germany, TCR International
  • Zolder - Belgium, TCR Benelux
  • BuriRam, Thailande, TCR International
  • Mettet - Belgium, TCR Benelux
  • Zheijang, China, TCR International
  • Assen - NL, TCR Benelux
  • Dubai, TCR International

 

TCR International, DUBAI, Last meeting of the season

Free practices and qualifying session :
Action day for the cars of TCR International and the Honda #28 of Aurelien Panis,
Not our best result today, but we keep pushing with a change of turbo, for tomorrow,
  • FP1 : P19
  • FP2 : P20
  • Qualif : P19

The races :

  • Race 1 :

Started P18, (due to turbo issue during qualifying session), Aurelien Panis managed to overtake up to P11 , but was hit by another competitor. Finished P14.

  • Race 2 : Started P18, finished P13 with a broken splitter during the first lap of the race,

TCR International season is over, let’s focuse on 2018 !

 

Oct 2017, TCR Benelux, Assen, NL : Benjamin Lessennes : 2017 CHAMPION !

2016: Stéphane Lemeret, TCR Benelux Champion, on a Boutsen Ginion Honda !
2017: Benjamin Lessennes, TCR Benelux Champion ... on a Boutsen Ginion Honda !

Last round of the TCR Benelux this weekend in the Netherlands; the Belgian driver, Benjamin Lessennes and Tom Coronel, the Dutch driver shared the wheel of the Japanese car.

The team arrived in Assen with the firm intention to fight till the end for our driver to win the championship, but with the weight of "Success Ballast" and racing incidents, we had to wait till the last sprint at 17:30 to get the confirmation !

Indeed, during the 3rd sprint, and while there were still 50 points to distribute, Benjamin Lessennes was pushed in the gravel bed during the first lap of the race. However, he was able to be extracted and to finish his 2 sprint races.

A meeting full of stress and emotions and finally, the confirmation of his talent, since he won the championship at just 18 years of age!

 

Results :

  • Combined qualif : P3
  • Qualif race : P5
  • Sprint 1 : P3 – T Coronel
  • Sprint 2 : P3 – T Coronel
  • Sprint 3 : P6 – B Lessennes
  • Sprint 4 : P5 – B Lessennes

 

  • Championship TCR Benelux 2017 : P1 : B Lessennes !
  • Championship Junior : P1 : B Lessennes !
  • Car of the year : Honda !

Benjamin Lessennes: "Very emotional week-end with ups and downs but fortunately a successful outcome ! For my part, I made a good qualification. My sprints were a little harder because at the 4th corner in sprint 1, I was hit by an Audi which damaged the car. But the main thing is that we are champion .. I want to thank very much my Boutsen team  and Honda for all their support."

Olivier Lainé : "I am proud of the combativity that Benjamin has shown this season and more particularly this week-end. In two seasons, he has learned a lot and proved that he is one of the safest hopes of Belgian motorsports. We had the chance to welcome in our team, at the beginning of their career, boys like Jérôme d'Ambrosio, Maxime Martin or Maxime Soulet, they are professional drivers today. When I see what Benjamin has done on the last two years in TCR Benelux, I think he is really promising driver ! I also take the opportunity to thank all the team members and particularly Honda Benelux for the fantastic support since 2 years now "

Tom Coronel : “Well done guys, it is a mega result for ever !”

 

Oct 2017, TCR International, Zhejiang, China

Saturday 7/10/17 : P12 in the qualifying session for Aurelien Panis
Sunday  8/10/17 :
  • Race 1 : P10, but classified P9 for the points, SO 2 POINTS ! (as Hyundai was not eligible for points).
  • Race 2 : No more power at the end of the race, probably a turbo issue. Aurelien was P9 !  Good fight ! Great race !  We will come back stronger for the next race in Dubai, 16-18 November 2017 !

 
 
 

Sept 2017, TCR Benelux, METTET, Round 5 : 2 wins and 1 podium !

A week end full of twists for our team for the 5th round of the TCR Benelux championship.First of all, the pole position for our 2 drivers, Stephane Lemeret and Benjamin Lessennes, each time fastest in their respective qualifying session,  and consequently the first place on the front row for the long race. But the long race will be very short for us, a breakdown of transmission annihilating all our efforts!  Our Honda Civic TCR nr. 2 will have to start at  the back of the grid for the sprint races 1 and 3 !

But the Sprint 1 offered Stephane Lemeret  a  P5 as result, and brought us back to the podium with a P3 in Sprint 2.

Sprint 3 with Benjamin Lessennes, unbridled, managed the feat to finish at the top of the podium. Started from the pole position for the Sprint 4, he doubled the wagered to gain the maximum points !
Benjamin Lessennes, no more leader during the  lunch time, left Mettet as  leader of the championship with 14 points ahead and as best Junior driver of the week-end.

Everything will be decided during the final meeting of Assen, 21-22 October 2017.

Results :

  • Qualif : P1
  • Qualif race : DNF
  • Sprint races 1 & 2 : P5 & P3
  • Sprint races 3 & 4 : P1 & P1

Stephane Lemeret: "This weekend in Mettet, the Honda Civic of the Boutsen Ginion Racing was above the level of the competitors in terms of performance. We found the ideal set-up  with our engineer Kevin Boutsen and the mechanics who did a great job. Unfortunately with a transmission broken at the start of the first race,  it was difficult for us but we were able to score important points for the championship, which was the goal of the meeting. "

Benjamin Lessennes: "A Sunday that started with a technical problem and therefore a big loss of points knowing that the championship is very tight. As conclusion we finalized the week end with two magnificent sprint races and two more victories in TCR Benelux.”

Sept 2017, TCR INTERNATIONAL, BURI RAM, Thailand : Race 2 : the win for Aurelien Panis !

Second race meeting with our team for the French driver (in TCR International) and already a win in Race 2, at the Buri Ram International Chang circuit, 400 kms from Bangkok.

First race was a little bit more difficult, due to the penalty we get for engine’s change during last race in Germany. Starting from the back of the grid, Aurelien had also to pit to clean his radiator ..

Qualified P10 for Race 2, Aurelien was able to start in Pole Position, following the 10 first reverse grid regulation !

A fantastic start of the race for the black and orange Honda as he was leading since the first corner.  Position that he kept all the way long to claim his first victory in TCR International ! Just awsome !

Aurélien Panis : “I knew before the races that our pace was really good, because in Free Practice and Qualifying was really fast but we didn’t get the perfect lap to be in front. P10 and so start Race 2 from pole position was the best possible qualifying result for us. I must say thank you to the team because the car was great to drive. I’m very happy to be in TCR International and to win today. For the young drivers it’s a really good series and it’s great to be fighting with the top drivers like Michelisz, Vernay or Comini”

Olivier Lainé : "Aurelien has concretized the potential we had already seen in TCR Benelux, (Zandvoort). His week-end has been amazing. We will continue to work in this direction.”

Results :

  • Qualif : P10
  • Race 1 : P19
  • Race 2 : P1 - Fastest lap during the race 2.
All the pics on our Facebook page ..

July 2017, TCR Benelux, Zolder, Round 4 : 

Saturday 15th of July : Qualif : P4 Benjamin Lessennes and Stephane Lemeret but P6 in combined qualif.

Wonderful start of the race for Benjamin Lessennes. Started P6, P2 after a few turns, but at the end of first lap, has been hit by the driver in second position. Back to the pit, to put a new wheel, .. Benjamin could rejoin even if he had some problems with the steering. Stephane Lemeret replaced him at the half of the race. Our Honda could not finish better than P7. Team is now repairing the car for the 4 sprints race of tomorrow.

Sunday 16th of July 2017 : 4 sprints : 2 podiums and good points for the championship !

Stéphane Lemeret was at the wheel of the Honda Civic for Sprints 1 & 2 :

  • Sprint 1 : P3 !
  • Sprint 2 : P4

Benjamin Lessennes was doing the Sprints 3 & 4 :

  • Sprint 3 : P3 !
  • Sprint 4 : Puncture, back to pitbox, finished P8

July 2017, TCR INTERNATIONAL, Oschersleben

Aurélien Panis has joined our team for the next meetings of the TCR International Series. The young French driver (22 years old) has done his classes in single-seater, and after a first experience in a WTCC touring car this season, he embarks on a new challenge by joining the TCR International Series for the rest of the season.

23 cars were competing in the race! 

First start in TCR International for Aurélien Panis at the wheel of Honda # 28, qualified P17. Good start of the race, and despite a small off on the side of the track which causes him to lose a few seconds, the French driver goes up in the hierarchy until 11th position. But in the last lap, the engine gave up. Aurélien is ranked P15.

The second race follows a few minutes later, so it's impossible to start! The whole team worked on the car to change the engine because the Honda 28 will take the direction of Thailand as from Wednesday for the continuation of the TCR International Series.

Aurélien Panis: "A positive first weekend in TCR International with a superb work by the whole team. Unfortunately, the results did not reflect our potential because of a mechanical problem in Race 1. Now place to Thailand at the beginning of September. To come back stronger! "

June 2017, TCR Benelux, Round 3, Zolder : 5 races, 5 wins !
Qualif : P2 !
The win in LONG RACE for Tom Coronel and Benjamin Lessennes on the Honda #2 !
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday 4th of June :  BOOOOOOMMMMMMM !!!!!! 4 SPRINTS, 4 WINS !
2 for Tom Coronel and 2 for Benjamin Lessennes on our Honda #2 !!!!
INTOUCHABLES !!! The perfect week-end : 5 races and 5 wins ...
 

May 2017, TCR Benelux, Zandvoort, Round 2 :

Saturday 20th of May : Long qualifying race : A day without success today ..

Electric problems on the grid for the Honda #1 of Panis/Lemeret. Car did not start and has been pushed back into the pitbox.
A spin in the formation lap for the Honda #2 of Coronel and a flat tire as result .. Back to the pitbox, and start from the pitlane.
Race was not easy and an additional flat tire during the race a few minutes before the windom opens for the driver’s change.
Benjamin Lessennes took the wheel and finished P10.
The Honda #1 could finally start and  Stephane Lemeret realizes the fastest lap during the race ! Which means pole position for the sprint tomorrow !
Benjamin Lessennes will start P4 !

 

Sunday 21th of May : Program : 4 sprint races : 1 win and 3 podiums !

In front of 100,000 spectators, our driver Tom Coronel, more popular than ever in his country, shared the wheel of the Honda # 2 with promising Benjamin Lessennes.
Stéphane Lémeret welcomed the French driver, Aurélien Panis (Honda WTCC) for the first time in a Honda TCR (Honda # 1).

The results of this Sunday are globaly positive with as results for the 4 sprints:
1 win and three podiums, and Honda who wins the title of "car of the weekend"

           

Our results :

Sprint 1 :
  • P1 : Stephane Lemeret - Honda #1
  • P3 : Benjamin Lessennes - Honda #2
Sprint 2 :
  • P2 : Benjamin Lessennes - Honda #2
  • DNC : Stephane Lemeret - Honda #1
Sprint 3 :
  • P2 : Tom Coronel - Honda #2
  • P8 : Aurelien Panis - Honda #1
Sprint 4 :
  • P10 : Aurelien Panis - Honda #1 (flat tire)
  • DNC : Tom Coronel - Honda #2

Ranking :

  • Car of the week-end : Honda !
  • Junior : P2 : Benjamin Lessennes
  • Team : P3 (Only qualifying race gives points)
  • Overall championship : P3 : Benjamin Lessennes, P10 : Tom Coronel, P23 : Stephane Lemeret

May 2017, TCR INTERNATIIONAL, Spa : our first race in the International Series 
2 weeks after TCR Benelux, we are back at Spa, for the belgian race of TCR International.
2 test sessions today, first session started on wet track, second session on dry track.
Benjamin had a good start ..
 
Free practices 1
  • P1 : Benjamin Lessennes – Honda #63  !!!
  • P6 : Tom Coronel – Honda #64

Free practices 2 :

  • P9 : Tom Coronel
  • P13 : Benjamin Lessennes

Qualif :

  • P3 : Lessennes - Honda #63
  • P7 : Coronel - Honda #64
Race 1 : PODIUM P2 for Benjamin Lessennes ! !

P8 for Tom Coronel, on Honda #64 !

Awesome first race in TCR International for Benjamin Lessennes, with the second place on the podium ! Good race also for Tom Coronel, P8.

Saturday : second race of the meeting.
 
Race 2 :
P5 : Lessennes - Honda #63
DNF : Coronel - Honda #64

Great start of race for the young  Benjamin Lessennes, started P7, fighting for first position .. couldn't avoid contact with leader, lost a few seconds and second position. Good laptimes during the race. Finished P5 for his second TCR International race.

Tom Coronel did not finished, due to contact at the first turn of the race.

 

April 2017, TCR Benelux, Spa, Round 1 : Double podium in qualif race !

Result Qualif 1:

  • P2 : Benjamin Lessennes
  • P4 : Stephane Lemeret

Result Qualif 2 :

  • P4 : Enzo Guibbert
  • P7 : Tom Coronel

Qualif combined :

  • P3 : Lessennes / Guibbert
  • P5 : Lemeret / Coronel

Great start for Tom Coronel, P2 at the first corner.
P4 for Enzo Guibbert.
Pit window open, Tom Coronel still P3, Guibbert P5.
Driver's change, for Honda #2, Benjamin replaces Enzo Guibbert.
Driver's change for Honda #1, Stephane Lemeret takes the wheel.
One moment leader of the race, Stephane finishes P2.
Benjamin Lessennes did a fantastic job, finishing P3 !
 
 
TCR BENELUX : ROUND 1 : SPA : Sunday 23 April : 4 sprint races, 2 per driver
 
Sunday morning, things have been more difficult for the Honda Civic #1, after contact at the start of the race, Stephane Lemeret DNF.
And car could not be repaired for Sprint 3 & 4, planned for Tom Coronel.
 
Fortunately, Benjamin Lessennes did again a great job, finishing P2 and P3 during Sprint 1 and 2 !
 
In the afternoon, Enzo Guibbert, teammate of Benjamin Lessennes, (Honda #2) was P5 in Sprint 3 and DNF in Sprint 4.. due to contact.
 
 

 

Planning 2016 : TCR BENELUX

Dates 2016 Circuits
  • 21-22 May 2016           
  • 16-17 July 2016          
  • 19-20 Aug 2016         
  • 24-25 Sept 2016        
  • 22-23 Oct 2016
  • 29-30 Oct 2016
  • Spa-Francorchamps - Bel (GT Open)
  • Zandvoort - NL (DTM)
  • Zolder - Bel (24H Zolder)
  • Colmar-Berg - Lux
  • Assen - NL
  • Mettet - Bel

October 2016, TCR BENELUX : Round 5 : Mettet : Stéphane Lemeret, Champion,  Honda Champion  !!

Round 6 and Finale of the first TCR Benelux championship !
5 races, 4 wins, a real Honda festival !
For this last meeting of the season, our 2 Honda Boutsen Ginion were ready to fight with following line-ups : 
- Honda #5 : belgian drivers, Renaud Kuppens & Benjamin Lessennes
- Honda #18 : belgian driver, Stephane Lemeret and hungarian WTCC driver, Norbert Michelisz, already present at Assen.
 

5 Races (1 endurance and 4 sprints) were planned for Sunday 30 October, plenty of work for team members..

But great results for us at the end of the day !

Long qualifying race : 2 drivers, 1 mandatory pit-stop for driver's change :

  • P1 : Honda #18, Norbert Michelisz & Stephane Lemeret
  • P7 : Honda #5, Renaud Kuppens & Benjamin Lessennes

Sprint 1 : every driver is participating to 2 sprint races

  • P1 : Honda #5, Benjamin Lessennes, his first win in TCR Benelux !
  • P3 : Honda #18, Stephane Lemeret

Sprint 2 :

  • P2 : Honda #18, Stephane Lemeret
  • P3 : Honda #5, Benjamin Lessennes

Sprint 3 :

  • P1 : Honda #18, Norbert Michelisz
  • DNF : Honda #5, Renaud Kuppens

Sprint 4 :

  • P1 :  Honda #18, Norbert Michelisz
  • P4 : Honda #5, Renaud Kuppens

Stephane Lemeret is the first Champion of the new TCR Benelux championship 2016, as the Honda  !

Benjamin Lessennes : "The week-end did not start well, as we had some mechanical problems.. No qualifying session for us .. Long race was correct. But my first Sprint race was just fantastic : my first win in TCR and a podium for the my second sprint race !"

Renaud Kuppens : «For me, it was a difficult meeting, as we had problems during practices and then during the race, due to mistakes from another driver. Fortunately, the team is really great."

 

Stephane Lemeret : « Thank you so much to all the members of the Boutsen Ginion Racing for the great achievement we did this week-end in Mettet. First TCR Benelux champion of the history is something I will remember all my life and this is thanks to the great job of all the team ! Thanks also to my team-mates Tiago Monteiro, Matt Neal, Kris Richards and, of course, the incredible Norbi Michelisz ! »

Norbet Michelisz : « I am very happy for myself, but also for Stephane and for the team Boutsen Ginion, they really diserved the title of Champion. I was really happy to work with all of  them, it was a really good experience for me, and hope to be back again soon ! »

Olivier Lainé : « A first season in TCR Benelux with the best result. I would like to thank Honda for their confidence and their partnership all over the season. Thanks to Kronos and RACB for the launch of this new championship, even if some updates have to be done. Congrats to all the new drivers, Belgium got talent ! Thanks to all team members and our drivers, Benjamin, Renaud, Stephane, Norbert, Tiago, Matt and Kris for their team spirit that has conttributed to our successes ! »

Octobre 2016 : TCR BENELUX, Round 5, Assen, NL
Qualifying race

2 engine problems on the Honda #18 et #1 when they were in first and second position .. Working hard to solve the problems.

Podium P2 for Renaud Kuppens and Benjamin Lessennes !

4 Sprints :

  • Double win for Honda #18, Norbert Michelisz
  • Double podium, 2 second places for Honda#1, Tom Coronel
  • Benjamin Lessennes, P9 & P4 !! on the Honda #5 !

 
Sept 2016 : TCR BENELUX : Round 4, Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg

Long race with 1 pit-stop and drivers change
  • P4, Honda #18 Stephane Lemeret / Kris Richard
  • DNF, Honda #5, Renaud Kuppens & Benjamin Lessennes.  Engine problem.

4 sprints races :

  • 2 sprints for Stephane Lemeret : the win and P4 in second race
  • 2 sprints for his swiss teammate, Kris Richard : P3 in his first race, P2 in his second race.

August 2016 : TCR BENELUX, Round 3 : Zolder
Qualifying race with drivers change
  • P4 : Honda #5, Renaud Kuppens & Bejamin Lessennes
  • P8 : Honda #18, Stephane Lemeret & Matt Neal
Sprint 1 :
  • P6 : Honda #18, Matt Neal
  • P11 : Honda #5, Benjamin Lessennes
Sprint 2 :
  • P5 : Honda #18, Matt Neal
  • DNS : Honda #5
Sprint 3 :
  • P4 : Honda #18 : Stephane Lemeret
  • DNS : Renaud Kuppens
Sprint 4 :
  • Podium, P2 Honda #18, Stephane Lemeret !
  • DNS : Honda #5, Renaud Kuppens

 
July 2016 : TCR BENELUX : Round 2 :  Zandvoort, 3 Honda Boutsen Ginion for Round 2 of the TCR season.
POLE POSITION for the Honda Art Car Michel Vaillant, #13 of Tiago Monteiro and Jean-Louis Dauger, thanks to your numerous Facebook votes !

Long race :

Podium, P3, for Norbert Michelisz and Stéphane Lemeret #18
P12 for Tiago Monteiro, (mechanical problem)
 
 
Sprint 1 :
The win for  Norbert Michelisz, #18
P6 for Benjamin Lessennes
 
 
Sprint 2 :
P2 for Benjamin Lessennes
P3 for Norbert Michelisz
P11 for Tiago Monteiro (mechanical problem)
 
 
Sprint 3 :
P7 for Stéphane Lemeret, Honda #18
P14 for Jean-Louis Dauger, Honda #13 Michel Vaillant
P15 for Renaud Kuppens (drive through), Honda #5
 
Sprint 4 :
P4 for Renaud Kuppens
P6 for Stephane Lemeret,
P10 for JL Dauger
 

Honda #5 :

Renaud Kuppens : «Difficult race weekend at Zandvoort after engine failure on Friday. I finished the week-end with a 4th place in my second race behind the wheel of the Boutsen Ginion Honda after having started from the back of the grid. Better luck next time at Zolder, 18-20 August, I hope ! »

Benjamin Lessennes : « Engine failure during fast window of practices, no time to change it before the long race. But I start confident in my sprint races, I had a good pace.. and my first TCR podium, P2, in Sprint 2 !

Honda #13 : Art Car Michel Vaillant

Tiago Monteiro : «Again I enjoyed very much my week end racing in the TCR Benelux ! The whole team was great and the performance was there ! Unfortunately representing the Michel Vaillant car number 13 the luck wasn't on our side this week end and small issues cost us good points and possible wins... That-s racing.... Now let's focus on the next WTCC race in Argentina and hoping to get another opportunity for sweet revenge in TCR Benelux :)"

Jean-Louis Dauger : « A great week-end with my friend Tiago, with the coulours of Michel Vaillant, a first meeting for the Honda Art Car Jean Graton running for the first time in TCR, this car won the Prize of the most beautiful Art Car WTCC at the Festival of Speed of Goodwood.

The pole position thanks to our Facebook fans, and the laptime of Tiago Monteiro, my first standing start in pole position, improving my laptimes during the meeting to finish .. P10 in Sprint race 2 .. A really great experience ! »

Honda #18 :

Norbert Michelisz « I'm very happy to have had the support of Honda and Boutsen Ginion Racing for this successful participation in the TCR Benelux Zandvoort event. I really enjoyed the weekend, and hope, that there will be another races I can join this season »

Stephane Lemeret : A great experience to share the wheel with a driver like Norbert Michelisz, fast driver and nice person. We did a great job together !"

 

May 2016 : TCR Benelux : Round 1, Spa-Francorchamps

The drivers line-ups of the 2 Honda TCR :
  • #5 : Renaud Kuppens / Benjamin Lessennes
  • #18 : Tiago Monteiro / Stephane Lemeret
Results  :
Qualif race :
#18 : P1 (Tiago + Stephane)
#5 : P5 (Renaud + Benjamin)
  • Sprint 1 : #18 (Tiago) : P1, #5 (Benja) : P12
  • Sprint 2 : #18 (Tiago) : P2, #5 (Benja) : NC
  • Sprint 3 : #5 (Renaud) : P1, #18 (Stephane) : P2
  • Sprint 4 : #5 (Renaud) : P1, #18 (Stephane) : P2

Saturday, May 21st, 2016: 1 long qualifying race, which saw the victory of our Honda # 18 of Tiago Monteiro and Stephane Lemeret. Renaud Kuppens and Benjamin Lessennes finished P5.

Sunday, May 22th, 2016, 4 Sprint races in the TCR Benelux program,
After yesterday’s long race, which saw the victory of our Honda Civic # 18 : 4 rounds still to go :
• 2 sprint races of 20 minutes in the morning
• 2 sprint races of 20 minutes, in the afternoon

Same driver for the two races. No pit-stop.

2 Sprint races (morning):
It's Tiago Monteiro who is at the wheel of the Honda # 18. The # 5 is driven by Benjamin Lessennes.
The race started under dry conditions although rain was forecast. Great battles throughout the race. In the end, Tiago Monteiro won the first race. Benjamin is classified P12 after a contact. Back to the pitbox for repair. Benjamin will go again for 1 lap in the second round but has to go back again to pit box to repair the car.
The rain made its appearance in sprint race 2, Tiago will be passed by Guillaume Mondron. The race finished under the safety car due to the intensity of the rain.

This is the second podium for the Portuguese driver and our Honda Civic.

2 Sprint races (afternoon) :
The other two drivers take the wheel for these races. Renaud Kuppens is in the first row, following his lap time (P2) in the Qualifying Long Race of yesterday. Stephane Lemeret is right behind him. Superb start of our 2 Honda who drive out side by side, the man on pole having missed the start. The race is in the rain which saw the victory of Renaud Kuppens in front of Stephane Lemeret. The 2nd sprint took place under the safety car due to wheather conditions of Spa. Double podium Boutsen Ginion.

Our team leads the TCR Benelux championship.

Renaud Kuppens (Honda # 5): "I'm very happy for the team that has worked hard to get the car ready. Very honored as the first victory for Kevin Boutsen as race engineer because I was a real fan of his dad Thierry. I am pleasantly surprised with the quality of the championship and drivers. However, I regret that the grid is the result of a Facebook vote as important, because we have been heavily penalized by these votes determining the hierarchy of the grid and therefore the overall result of the long race. My teammate Benjamin Lessennes discovers the race competition car (he comes from karting), with its frustrations and satisfactions. As planned, I'll be there to support and help him for future meetings."

Benjamin Lessennes (Honda # 5): "I am currently learning the discipline, the testing track time is very short, we are directly in race conditions race which is not optimal. I finished 2nd rookie at the end of the weekend. "

Tiago Monteiro (Honda # 18): "It was with great satisfaction that I accepted the challenge to participate in TCR Benelux at the invitation of Honda Benelux!
With that, I met some fantastic people in the Boutsen Ginion team, a real family and a very professional team and Stéphane Lemeret, who did an impressive job both in TCR and GT! The highest level!
The results speak for themselves and I hope to have the opportunity to repeat the experience! "

Stéphane Lemeret (Honda # 18) "A dream weekend in company of Tiago Monteiro, as rapidly as professional and friendly driver. A huge congratulations to Boutsen Ginion, who discovered a new race car. Result: two wins and three second places that give us a good advantage in the championship. But also a very big thought for our closest rivals, who just lost their dad that we all loved. "

Great pics : Seba Krings

Next meeting TCR Benelux : 15-17 JULY, ZANDVOORT, NL.

 

April 2016 :

HONDA TCR : 29 April : Gérald Wéry busy with the preparation of TV program "Automobile" for the RTBF.
Date of diffusion tbc

First laps and first pics of the Honda TCR with Boutsen Ginion Design.

1st meeting TCR : Spa-Francorchamps : 20-22 May 2016 !

January 2016 :

A lot of people on the HONDA stand at Brussels Motorshow !

GP2 World Champion, 3rd McLaren-Honda F1 driver, Stoffel Vandoorne and Super GT500 Formula Japan, Bertrand Baguette, have unveiled the Honda Civic TCR that will participate to new Benelux TCR Championship.

Honda Motor Europe ltd Belgian Branch has chosen his 2 best Ambassadors to provide support to the new project, with Stephane Lemeret as first driver.

As an encouragement, Stoffel Vandoorne and Bertrand Baguette have signed a plate that will accompany the car during all race meetings.

The Civic TCR has been based on the Civic TypeR.
In the TCR version, the engine 2liters turbo developes 330HP and 450NM for a weight of 1260 kg.
 
 

Our team will participate with 2 HONDA TCR in Benelux TCR 2016.

First car will be driven by Stephane Lemeret, the second car by Benjamin Lessennes. Their teammates will be announced soon.

 

Very fast karting driver, Benjamin Lessennes will participate to TCR Benelux for his first complete racing season. He will share the wheel of 1 of the 2 Honda Civic TCR of our team.

Benjamin Lessennes :  "I will participate to the Benelux TCR 2016. This competition promises to be particularly interesting and I think it will be an ideal context to start my racing career.  I know I have much to learn, but I will do my best. I have participated to 2 VW Fun Cup races last year and it was fine. But here, it will be very different ... We already know that there will be top drivers, including Stéphane Lémeret on the official Honda car, so I will have excellent points of comparison and this should enable me to evolve more quickly. I don’t yet know the name of my teammate, but I am happy anyway to integrate Boutsen Ginion as I know they are passionate and motivated people. This will be a season on two fronts : I will learn a lot with TCR and I hope to get some good results in a discipline that I know well, the European Championship in karting. I'm looking forward to be back on tracks"

Olivier Lainé : "We follow the evolution of Benjamin for a long time. He has accompanied us during Blancpain meetings and during test days. Now is the time for him to move up a gear. Young drivers as Maxime Martin and Jerome D'Ambrosio have started their in their career in our team, winning championship titles in their categories. We hope to do the same with Benjamin! We are now working on the drivers line-up "

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