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Pekaracing NV, competing as PK Carsport, is a racing team that currently competes in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series as well as the Belcar Trophy in conjunction with Russell Racing. The team has previously competed in other series such as the FIA GT Championship.

PK Carsport has a long history in Belgian autosport. In 1968 PEKA Racing was founded by racing driver Paul Kumpen.[2] Besides racing Kumpen was an entrepreneur and partial owner of Ridley Bikes. Initially the team started in rallycross. In 1989, 1990 and 1991 Kumpen participated in the Dutch and Belgian rounds of the FIA European Rallycross Championship. Racing at the Duivelsbergcircuit,[3] Glossocircuit[4] and Mandescircuit[5] and the Dutch Eurocircuit. He scored his best result in 1990 at the Eurocircuit finishing in ninth place in Division 2.

After rallycross the team entered the Formula Opel Euroseries with Jean-François Hemroulle and Oscar Middeldorp in 1992.[6] In 1994 and 1995 the team with Middeldorp switched to the Formula Renault running Alpa chassis. Middeldorp ended up eighth in the final standings in 1994 in the Eurocup.[7] David Saelens joined the team in 1995.[8] In 1995, Paul Kumpen, Albert Vanierschot and Georges Cremer won the 24 Hours of Zolder in a Porsche 933.[9]

In 1997 PEKA Racing merged with GL Racing, a racing team formed in 1992 by Ghislain Lenaers, to form GLPK Racing. In 1998 it entered the short-lived GTR Euroseries, winning the Misano Gold Cup. Kumpen shared the Porsche 911 GT2 with Stéphane Cohen and Charles Margueron. The team scored another podium finish at the Nürburgring.[10]

In 1998 Kurt Thiers and Vincent Vosse competed in the Belgian Belcar championship. The duo scored three podium finished and secured the third place in the championship standings in their Porsche 911.[11] The following year the team entered a Porsche 993 Turbo for Anthony Kumpen and Stephane Cohen. The team dominated, winning three times at Zolder and once at Spa.[12] The team secured the championship 120 points clear of the number two, Cor Euser and Herman Buurman.[13] For 2000 the team combined their FIA GT and Belcar championships using the Chrysler Viper GTS-R in both series. Despite winning six out of eight races, including the 24 Hours of Zolder the championship was decided in the last round at Zolder in October.[14] Kumpen and Cohen retired early in the race and as Albert Vanierschot and Bert Longin won the race and the championship over GLPK Racing.[15] The 2001 Bert Longin and former motocross racer Eric Geboers won two races in the Belcar championship. Longin was the best placed GLPK Racing driver in twelfth place in the championship.[16] The following season PK Carsport dominated Belgium's premier racing series. Four PK Carsport drivers placed in the top four of the championship. Bert Longin scored most points, followed by David Hart, Anthony Kumpen and Vincent Dupont.[17] All races were won by one or the other GLPK Chrysler Vipers.[18] In 2003 all but one races were won by GLPK Racing, one race was won by Paul Belmondo Racing.[19] Of the GLPK Racing drivers, Anthony Kumpen was declared series champion.[20] After a partial season in 2005, GLPK Racing won the championship again in 2006. Kumpen and Longin won five races and finished third in the 24 Hours of Zolder. Therefore, the team, now racing a Corvette, won the championship.[21] For 2007 the Belcar championship was reorganized and SRO Belgium took over.[22] Kumpen scored two wins and again clinched the championship. As the original Belcar championship ceased to exist PK Carsport backed out of the championship.

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