Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853
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1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon
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Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning,1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon  Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853
Ex-Philip Verellen, Belgian Procar Championship-winning
1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar Competition Saloon
Chassis no. WAUZZZ4CZMN002853
•Winner of the 1991 Belgian Procar Championship
•Restored to original specification in 2012/2013
•Offered for sale by the Verellen family
•Well documented

This Audi 200 V8 Quattro was driven by Belgian star Philip Verellen following his return to the Belga team in 1990. Verellen had been discovered by the 'Belga Stuurwiel', a promotional programme run by the Belga cigarette company to find talented young drivers. From the selected drivers participating in the 1986 'Stuurwiel' at Zolder, the jury had real difficulties in deciding the winner from the four best candidates, but eventually they chose Philip Verellen, who was not only the fastest but also the most consistent. He had finished 2nd in the 'Stuurwiel' in 1985.

At that time Philip Verellen was 23 years old and working as a journalist for the magazine, 'Autokrant'. His reward was the opportunity to race in the Belgian saloon car championship in 1986 with the Belga team, driving a BMW 325i prepared by the Antwerp-based BMW dealership, Juma. The following year, driving a Ford Sierra Cosworth, Verellen finished 3rd in the Belgian Production Car Championship, and for the next couple of seasons he was always a contender for overall victory, finishing 4th in the championship in 1988 and 3rd in 1989.

In 1990 he joined the Belga team to contest the inaugural Belgian Procar Championship, driving one of the team's two Audi V8 Quattros. Introduced in 1988, the Audi V8 Quattro was the German manufacturer's flagship model. To promote the car, Audi developed a Group A version to contest the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (German Touring Car Championship), winning back-to-back drivers' titles in 1990 and 1991. Boasting a specification unmatched by its smaller-engined rivals, on paper at least, the Audi V8 Quattro was the natural choice for both the DTM and Procar series.

The 1990 Belgian Procar season comprised 14 races over seven meetings at four circuits, and with three race wins to his credit – all at Zolder – Verellen finished 4th in the championship at the year's end. Jean-Michel Martin was that year's champion, driving a BMW M3 for Waterloo Motors. In 1991, still driving an Audi V8 for Belga, Verellen won only twice (on both occasions at Zolder) but was a more consistent finisher over the course of the season, standing on the podium on ten occasions, and ended up as Division 1 winner with 192 points to defending champion Martin's 169. Verellen took the Procar chequered flag first on no fewer than five occasions in 1992, but a 'DNF' at Zolder cost him dearly and he lost the championship by 7 points to team-mate Pierre-Alain Thibaut.

A highly respected and versatile racing driver, Philip Verellen enjoyed a 15-year competition career that included entering Le Mans twice and the Spa 24-Hour race on several occasions. He raced a wide variety of cars, competing in the UK's Rover Turbo Cup (in 1994, 1995, and 1996) and the Renault Spider Trophy (in 1997). A regular Belcar contender, he won the 2001 Belpro race at Spa Francorchamps driving a Chrysler Viper GTS-R. Philip Verellen died on 9th May 2002 following a serious illness.

Paul Verellen, Philip's brother, rediscovered this Audi V8 back in 2012. As a tribute to his late brother, he restored the car to completely original specification, just as it was driven in 1991. The bodywork was fully restored, the engine completely overhauled, and the odometer put back to zero. A lot of work went into the restoration, and Paul received much assistance from the Juma-BMW team for whom Philip had raced earlier in his career.

After a year's work, the project was finished. It was never intended to race the Audi, which had been restored mainly as a tribute to the late Philip Verellen, and it was treated more as a 'showroom' example, although fully operational. The car has been taken out on track once or twice a year for a warm-up, the last occasion being only a few months ago for an article on both Belga cars. Apart from that, the Audi has been started occasionally and driven a short distance to keep it in good health.

This historic car is offered with various articles relating to race victories and especially the 1991 championship win; a selection of period photographs (digital); a file of restoration photographs; and a 2102 valuation report confirming its condition. A unique opportunity.

Saleroom notices

  • 1991 Audi V8 Quattro – Philip Verellen Belga Procar Tribute Please note that chassis number WAUZZZ4CZMN002853 was produced in April 1991 and has to date been incorrectly known as the Ex-Philip Verellen, Championship-winning Audi V8. Meanwhile we have located the old German Fahrzeugbrief that is now offered with the car. The lot carries a revised estimate of €25.000 - €45.000 at NO RESERVE.
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