Henk Thuis wins in the super sport 1-divisie of the Dutch Supercar Challenge doing a fantastic overtaking race.
Henk Thuis (Intrax Suspension) booked a splendid triumph in the Dutch Supercar Challenge last Sunday (20 April) on the German Nürburgring. Starting from the back of the grid ‘Mr Intrax’ drove to profit in the super sport I class. “The new car and the team were both brilliant ”, thus glad Henk Thuis, who saw the first race (Saturday) being cancelled because of dense fog
Previous year Henk Thuis finished fourth in the championship of the super sport I. He then drove with a BMW GTR V8. “In 2007, I learned a lot, I understand now, how the supercar game is played ”, tells Henk. “Together with my experience, knowledge and the strength of my new carriage the Porsche 997, GT3, I certainly make a good chance winning the championship.’ ‘
The possibility for winning the title, seemed during the qualifying far away. “I had some technical problems”, explains Henk. “The vibrations in the car were quite bad so I had to stop on the side of the track”. Which meant that Henk had to start from the 26th position, whereas other super sport 1-drivers such as Duncan Huisman (pole-position) and the duo Vries/Dijkstra (second) could start from the front. . “If you consider this, that the race would only last for forty minutes instead of the planned sixty minutes, I didn’t think I would have enough time to really drive forward”.
Good car and tactics
Together with his Intrax-team, Henk Thuis had a very well prepared car and a good tactic outlined. “I wanted to save my tires on the first half of the race, which meant I would have enough rubber for the second half of the race ”, explained Henk. The tactic worked fantastically well, Henk worked himself steadily on forward. “However I also had a bit of luck that the fast Duncan Huisman got a puncture”.
Near the end of the race, Henk then lying second, located leading Siebrand Dijkstra. As Henk was closing on Dijkstra, there was a back marker who decided to join their battle for first place. Which was considerably unpleasant. Still just before the finish, it was possible for Henk to finish in front of Dijkstra. “He left a little space, where I could just squeeze past, there was light touché during my overtaking manouvere but there was no damage caused”.
Henk Thuis was of course thrilled with this unexpected triumph. After the podium the winner distributed the necessary compliments. “I must say that Dunlop really delivered fantastic tires”, tells Henk. “but also the braking system of Pagid, as well as the Oakley design performance parts worked very well. But above all my team of Intrax provided super work. Because not only I had a perfect car to drive, behind me as second finished Vries/Dijkstra and Cor Euser who won the Gt-Race were provided with Intrax racing suspensions. Besides the fantastic triumph for me, it was also, from a business point of view a very good day on the Nürburgring ”, thus very satisfied Henk Thuis