Sophie Houtmeyers: “Portimão in the Lamera Cup is great! »

The Lamera Cup cultivates this particularity of welcoming drivers with little or no experience. This weekend, Sophie Houtmeyers was seduced by the Lusitano route at the wheel of a 320 horsepower racing car in the colors of Triangle Belgique.

Published on 03/09/2023 à 15:44

Julien BILLIOTTE

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Sophie Houtmeyers: “Portimão in the Lamera Cup is great! »

Sophie Houtmeyers appreciates the support provided by the Lamera Cup to the rookies / © Dominique Dricot

Sophie Houtmeyers has always loved cars (“At 11, I drove a 4×4 in the woods near my grandparents’”) explains this business manager who came to motorsport late.

“I have a very busy schedule,” she explains. I am the Skechers group vice president for distribution of this brand for Europe, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Chile and Japan. The center where the shoes are stored is based in Herstal, near Liège (Belgium). It is operational 7 days a week, 7 hours a day. In high season, when it comes to supplying the market with our new collections, 24 people work there. We store 24 pairs of shoes per day, which represents 1800 million pairs of shoes spread over 400.000 square meters before being distributed to the countries I deal with. This job means I travel a lot. I'm often on planes. »

Skechers is a name known to motorsport fans. This American firm, whose core target is leisure shoes, supports a certain Valentino Rossi and members of the WRT team, in the various international GT3 events. When Sophie is not flying over oceans or calling her close colleagues by videoconference, she sits behind the wheel of a racing car.

« From time to time, I compete in Fun Cup events, she says. The Lamera is another dimension in terms of performance. This is the 4th time that I have had the opportunity to experience the sensations of this proto-looking car and this weekend, I discovered the Portimão track.”

This 52-year-old sportswoman at heart admits that while walking around the Algarve paddock on Friday, a little stress took over her...

« Like all motor sports enthusiasts, I found, through television, this circuit very interesting for its long curves and the judicious use of the hills it covers., confides Sophie. But once behind the wheel, the story is different. Fortunately, I was able to benefit from the valuable advice of a coach. Which is one of the characteristics of the Lamera Cup. Novices are spontaneously supported.

This is extremely valuable and reassuring. So, after a few laps together, he explained to me how to approach each of the curves. Saturday morning, at the time of the first timed practice sessions, I attacked the track with complete confidence. It was essential to drive without fear because of the blind turns. But what a great circuit in the Lamera Cup. I only want to come back next year to improve my times. »

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Julien BILLIOTTE

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