Reigning Dutch GT4 champion Phil Bastiaans will return to the 2011 HTC Dutch GT4 Championship. Team HTC Porsche Eindhoven announced Bastiaans will return to race the Porsche 911 GT4 and will be partnered by former Le Mans 24 Hours winner Jan Lammers.
HTC replaces Bilderberg as the team’s title sponsor for the new season in which Bastiaans and Lammers will try to secure the third consecutive drivers’ title for Porsche. Bilderberg will remain onboard as partner, as is NEC. The GT3.NL developed Porsche 911 GT4 will again be run by Revs Motorsport this season.
Bastiaans won the 2010 HTC Dutch GT4 Championship title in the final race of the season and is happy to return to the series with an experienced teammate like Jan Lammers. “It won’t be easy to clinch the championship with Porsche for the third time in succession. Therefore I am pleased to have a very experienced driver as my teammate. Jan will certainly not panic quickly, even if we would experience some setbacks at the beginning of the year. I will raise the bar again in 2011. The objective is to still be in the title fight at the final races at Zandvoort. That’s what we are aiming for!”
For Lammers the move to Team HTC Porsche Eindhoven means he will no longer be a racing team boss, like he was in the Ford Mustang in the previous seasons. The 54-year-old is looking forward to the new season and working together with his new teammate. “I still believe I can go fast and Paul van Splunteren’s team will give me the chance to show it”, says Lammers. “I have reduced my activities as a team boss of Racing for Holland to almost zero. I find myself in the middle of a reorientation of my racing life. Starting this Dutch GT4 adventure with Phil and Paul is a good start. The Porsche is a car with a real chance to win. I definitely want to taste success again. Phil will lead the team as the champion. If it turns out that I will be fast as well, it will be a bonus. I will give maximum support to Phil and the team. I am really motivated, already lost seven kilograms and just completed the grueling Dakar rally. I am very fit!”
Having signed Bastiaans and Lammers Team HTC Porsche Eindhoven’s team boss Paul van Splunteren could not be more happier. “Phil and Jan as a duo will be a guaranteed spectacle. It is an honor to have someone with such an experience and accomplishments to race for us. Lammers is a doyen of Dutch motorsport. With the experienced Phil and Jan our ambitions are clear. This season we will once again go for the highest possible: the championship.”