VDS RACING ADVENTURES

This passion for motorsport that sits in me from birth is certainly due to the unbounded implication of my grandfather and father in this special sport.

As far as I can remember, I have always wanted to drive racecars.

My childhood heroes were Lucien Bianchi, Serge Trosch, Maurice Damseaux, Eric De Keyn, Teddy Pilette...

Those of my adolescence ? Pascal Whitmeur, Patrick Tambay, Geoff Brabham, Thierry Boutsen, Marc Duez, Jean-Louis Dumont, Jean-Pierre Vandewauwer, Andre Carlier, Philippe Menage, José Close...

Some of them have become good friends of which I am very proud.

In 1984, at the age of 19, I became a track marshal... A path was traced...

I have had to wait for a new millennium and turning 36 before I finally could realize my dream : buying my first racecar, a Citroen Dyane.

From then, thanks to my friends, father, uncle and partners, I have been able to climb certain levels in the hierarchy of motorsport.

I went from National to Provincial and from Provincial to International, always with the lust to go higher and further.

At the time of writing these few lines, I turned 44 and have still a lot to prove. I just hope to still have enough time, together with the means and the health to accomplish and realize the dreams that make me go forward.

Before letting you visit my site, I'd like to thank everyone who made it possible for me to get where I am, all those who believed in me and those who continue to believe that my dreams will become reality.


Beginnings in motorsports in 2000.

2000 - 2003 :

  • 2CV Racing cup
  • GDC / ASAF Championship  (Citroën AX GTI, Renault Clio 1800 cc 16V)
  • VW Funcup 25 hours
  • 2003 Miles of Spa (BMW M3 E36)

First victory of class in 2002 with Citroen AX GTI

2003 : 10 races – 8 class victories.


2004 - 2005
:

  • Belgian and European Championships Funcup
  • BTCS and GDC/ASAF Championships (BMW M3 E36)

11 class victories – 1 overall podium (2004)
GDC / ASAF champion 2004

1st GT1 - BTCS Spa 12h 2005 (Nissan 200 SX- R)
Division and class podium - Belcar Zolder 24h 2005 (BMW M5 E34)


2006
:

  • GDC/ASAF Championship (BMW M5 E34)

4 class victories - 1 overall victory
Brabant Champion and Vice-Champion GDC/ASAF


2007
:

  • Dubai 24 Hours (BMW M5 E34)
  • GDC / ASAF Championship (BMW M5 E34)

2 class victories – 1 overall victory - 3 podiums
Brabant Champion GDC / ASAF


2008
:

  • Dubai 24 hours (BMW M5 E34)
  • European GT4 Cup (Ford Mustang FR500C)


2009
:

  • Dubai 24 Hours (Mustang GT4 "Evo" FR500C-07033)
    Raphaël VDS / Stéphane Lémeret / Christian Deridder / Jacques Morlet
    18th overall - 2nd in class SP2
  • 12 Hours of Dakar (Mustang GT4 "Evo" FR500C-07033)
    Raphaël VDS / Stéphane Lémeret
    1st overall - 1st in class
  • 3rd Monte Carlo rally for vehicles with alternative energy (Ford Fiesta 1600 Econetic diesel)
    Raphaël VDS / Eric Werner
    5th overall - 5th in class - 1st Belgian pilot
  • Belgian GT (Mustang GT3)
    Raphaël VDS / Stéphane Lémeret


2010
:

  • Dubai 24 Hours (Mustang GT3)
    Raphaël VDS / Stéphane Lémeret / José Close / Karim Al-Azhari
    15th overall - 2nd in class SP2
  • Historic Monte Carlo Rally (Mustang GT 1967)
    Raphaël VDS / Eric Werner
  • 4th Monte Carlo rally for vehicles with alternative energy (Ford Fiesta 1600 diesel/gaz Econetic)
    Raphaël VDS / Eric Werner
    3rd overall - 1st Group 8
  • Clean Week 2020 - Zolder (Ford Fiesta 1600 diesel/gaz Econetic)
    Raphaël VDS / Eric Werner
    1st overall - 1st Group 8
  • Total 24 Hours of Spa (Mustang GT3)
    Raphaël VDS / José Close / Karim Al-Azhari / Erik Qvick
    19th overall- 5th in GTN class


2011
:

  • 24 heures de Dubai (Mustang GT3)
    Raphaël VDS / Stéphane Lémeret /Christian Kelders / Karim Al-Azhari
  • Sénégal endurance championship (Ford Mustang GT4 Evo)
    3rd overall - 1st class E
  • Homestead Miami FARA Sprint Races Championship (Ford Mustang GT3)
    2nd overall
  • Homestead Miami FARA Enduro Races Championship (Ford Mustang GT3)
    1st overall - 1st class MP-1
  • Budapest 12 hours (Ford Mustang GT3)
    Raphaël VDS / Julien Schoyen / Benjamin Bailly
    1st overall - 1st class SP2-GT3A
  • Total 24 Hours of Spa (Ford Mustang GT3)
    Raphaël VDS / José Close / Julien Schroyen / Benjamin Bailly
    30th overall - 5th Gentlemen Trophy class
  • Barcelona 24 hours (Ford Mustang GT3)
    Raphaël VDS / José Close / Julien Schroyen / Benjamin Bailly
    13th overall - 3th class SP2-GT3A
  • NASA 8 Hours of Road Atlanta (Ford Mustang GT3)
    Raphaël VDS / Benjamin Bailly
    5th overall - 5th class ESR
  • Carrera Panamericana (Studebaker Champion 1953)
    Raphaël VDS / Eric Werner
    10th overall
  • Montée Historique du Maquisard (Ford Mustang 1967 Gr2)
    2nd overall - 1st class PH18
  • Slalom ASAF (Ford Fiesta Econetic Diesel / Ford Mustang 1967 Gr2)
  • Rally Prov'historique ASAF (Ford Mustang 1967 Gr2)


2012
:

  • Dubai 24 Hours (Mustang GT3)
    Raphaël VDS / Stéphane Lémeret / Benjamin Bailly / Karim Al-Azhari / Julien Schroyen
    24th overall - 2nd in class
  • Sénégal endurance championship (Ford Mustang GT4 Evo)
    4th overall - 1st class E
  • Legend Boucles de Spa (Ford Mustang 1967 Gr2)
    Raphaël VDS / Eric Werner
    1st class PH18
  • Chihuahua Express (Studebaker Champion 1953)
    Raphaël VDS / Yves Thirionet
    Speed record : 319,3 km/h
  • Total 24 Hours of Spa (Ford Mustang GT3)
    Raphaël VDS / José Close / Nicolas De Crem / Benjamin Bailly
  • Zolder 24 hours (Wolf GB08)Raphaël VDS / Jean-Marc Bourdouch / Marc Hallaert / René Brugmans / Christophe Geoffroy
  • Carrera Panamericana (Studebaker Champion 1953)
    Raphaël VDS / Yves Thirionet
    7th overalll

 

Raphael VDS