De Rijp - Motorsport talent Kas Haverkort is on the eve of his debut in the Porsche Supercup as well as in the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany. The driver from Hardenberg is leaving Formula Racing behind him and is preparing for this new challenge. At the end of the month, as a warm-up, he will make his first meters in a Porsche during the Porsche Sprint Challenge Southern Europe in Valencia and Barcelona, all under the flag of the renowned team GP Elite from De Rijp in the north of the Netherlands.
After a successful career in karting, Haverkort made his debut in 2020 Spanish F4 for MP Motorsport. With thirteen victories from 21 races, Kas won the championship by supremacy and the following year he immediately made the switch to the extremely competitive FRECA championship: "After the F4 I also had really good years in FRECA. Also the last year. Of course, we would have liked just a bit more, but P4 in the championship is a nice achievement in this starting field. But I think together with the team we really did get a lot out of it."
Now cup racing beckons in GP Elite's potent Porsche. With fresh eyes, Haverkort is gearing up for the new challenge in the Porsche 911 992 cup car. "It is of course a big step from Formula Regional to the Supercup and the Carrera Cup Germany," Haverkort begins. "But I do think it's a very good step. For me, there was no longer a Formula career in it. Because the budget also became a bottleneck. Formula 3 is just a very expensive class. So then we started looking at, well, what are the possibilities? What is the best next step for me? And then I actually came into contact with GP Elite through Bas Kaligis. And so an appointment was made. It immediately felt very good," Haverkort continues candidly about how the deal came about.
"Marc Schipper is the founder of GP Elite and fortunately it clicked with him right away as well. Actually, it felt a bit like coming home," Kas explains. "Of course, I have always driven for Dutch teams. It's always nice to join a Dutch team. It's just a little easier to communicate and it immediately clicks well. So I'm extremely happy with that." Thus, the orange tint on the car still remains the 'red' thread through Haverkort's career.
Although Haverkort, a member of Team NL of the KNAF, has not yet driven his Porsche, the team has assumed his talent. According to him, this should not pose any problems: "I haven't driven a meter yet, so for me, it is also still a question of where exactly I stand. But I assume that I'll master the car soon enough," Haverkort leaves us feeling confident. "I have full confidence in that. I'm with a good team and I'm sure they're going to help me well with that. I really think we can achieve very nice results this year. My attitude is that if I participate, I want to win. Together with the team, I'm going to do everything I can to get the maximum out of it."
"I want to thank my sponsors and the partners of GP Elite immensely for their support. Although it is never a bad thing to receive some additional support from new sponsors. Together with GP Elite, I have a lot to offer sponsors!"
"We are very happy with Kas," said Marc Schipper; the driving force behind GP Elite. "He is a fast guy, both in the kart and directly in his first F4 season, where he won the championship. We have always worked a lot with Dutch guys and of course, it is nice to see Dutch guys in an orange car. But GP Elite also continues to develop, as we also see more and more foreign drivers joining us. Our base is in the Netherlands and to offer them such a platform is nice. It's different for Kas, of course. He comes from Formula Racing, but we believe that anyone who is fast in Formula cars can also be fast in GTs. We took some advice and a very positive picture came out of that about Kas."
"It is great to see that we have consulted with our partners and together we are going to build another great season together with Kas. He is keen to make this work and we love racing with such a fast guy, with the goal of scoring nice podium finishes."
Torsten van Haasteren of GP Elite is also delighted with the arrival of Kas Haverkort. "Kas is coming into a warm bath and is going to work with experienced engineers who are going to make sure he can be fast in the Porsche right away. It is quite a big step coming from Formula cars, but with this team, we expect to be upfront from the first races. Last year we already had some contact with Kas and it is good to see that everything is falling into place now. We have a good team, with many men with experience and technical know-how who are going to make this a success."