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Sexta, 31 Janeiro 2020 11:15 | Actualizado em Sexta, 18 Setembro 2020 07:59

Renger heads for Intercontintental GT Challenge with Honda

Renger van der Zande will contest selected rounds of the prestigious SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge programme in the JAS Motorsport-prepared Honda NSX GT3 Evo, with van der Zande racing his second year for the team representing the Japanese marque at the first race of the 2020 season at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 hours in Australia from 31st January - 2nd February.
In addition to the Australian season opener at the iconic 6.2km New South Wales circuit, Renger will also feature in Honda’s driver line-up for the Intercontinental GT Challenge rounds in Suzuka, Japan and Kyalami, South Africa later in the year. 

Initially, van der Zande was offered the opportunity to contest a full season of Intercontinental GT Challenge with Honda, however, prior IMSA DPI commitments deemed a full season campaign in the SRO-run championship not possible. Therefore, Renger will miss out on the opportunity to compete with Honda in the global championship’s European round at Spa-Francorchamps, as well as the Indianapolis 8 hour in the USA.

Renger, who has celebrated many successes, including victory at the Rolex 24 Hours in Daytona just last weekend, has competed in the last 7 years of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship - most recently with the Wayne Taylor Racing Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. He will team up with 2019 IMSA champion Dane Cameron to attack Mount Panorama this weekend; IMSA GTD class champion Mario Farnbacher completes the all-star line-up for the 12-hour Australian epic.

“I am very thankful to Honda for the opportunity to race again in the fantastic NSX GT3 in the Intercontinental GT Championship" said Renger.

"Of course I would have loved to have taken part in the full season, but when that turned out to not be possible Honda were amazing, in asking me to race for them in the rounds for which I was available, and I can't wait to take on the Mount Panarama Circuit once again”
About Renger
Now very much part of the US racing scene, Renger started his career in karts before stepping up to Formula Renault 2.0 Netherlands in 2004, securing title the very next season. Formula 3 followed with wins in the Euros Series and British championships before a move away from single seaters to touring car and prototypes.

Six wins in the Benelux Racing League in 2013 brought him the title while he also competed in the American Le Mans Series for the first time. Proving his versatility, he took the runner-up position in the Macau GT Cup in 2014 while also recording three victories in the United Sports Car Challenge in the US.
2016 was a busy season with outings in Blancpain GT Series, NASCAR, Nürburgring Nordschleife but the standout result was the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship title with Starworks Motorsport.
Recently he raced with DragonSpeed in the FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season of 2018-19, while also competing in the US with Konica Minolta Cadillac, finishing third in the standings after securing three podiums and victory at Road Atalanta.
Further podiums followed in 2019 as well as a memorable victory at Daytona at the wheel of the Dallara P217 Cadillac, an achievement he repeated in 2020's race.

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