Representing Belgium in the FIA GT Nations Cup this weekend at Bahrain, the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT has shone brightly with its duo composed of Charles Weerts and Mike Den Tandt. In this new competition that saw 18 GT3 cars in action, each representing a nation, both Belgians both signed a pole position, in their respective qualifying session, before dominating the first Qualifying Race. Unfortunately, in Qualifying Race 2, Charles Weerts was hit from the back at first corner. Rejoining the race in last position, the 17-years-old driver, at his debut with GTs, climbed back many positions but his charge was slowed by a puncture, a likely consequence of the first lap incident.
Sixth on the grid for the Final Race, the Audi R8 LMS GT3 proudly sporting Belgium’s traditional yellow livery, was still among the favorites at the start of the decisive race. Unluckily, Mike Den Tandt was sandwiched by two rivals even before the first corner, finishing his race in the gravel trap. It was a sour closing to a venture that deserved a much better outcome.