With his black curly hair, blushy and somewhat chubby cheeks, and thick rimmed glasses, Enzo Ide doesn't look like he could be one of the most promising GT drivers. However, don't let his looks fool you: this young Belgian, born in 1991, had developed a need for speed early on in his life and started driving karts in his childhood days, then he switched to GT racing and scored some impressive results. A peak of his career so far is the championship title in the 2016 Blancpain Sprint Series, at the wheel of Team WRT's Audi R8 LMS.
From the start in GT racing
Enzo began racing professionally in Belcar in 2010, having previously driven in the GT4 European Cup and the FFSA GT Championship. His Prospeed Competition teammate was Ruben Maes, and they were behind the wheel of a Porsche 997 GT3.
In 2011, Ide progressed to the FIA GT3 European Championship driving an Audi R8 LMS for Belgian Audi Club WRT, sharing the car with Gregory Franchi for the first five rounds. There, he won two races, one at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve and the other at Circuito de Navarra.
In the final round of the season at Zandvoort, Ide drove with Christopher Haase, finishing first in the second race of the weekend and scoring third overall in the drivers’ championship. In 2011 season, Enzo continued driving in Belcar, scoring third overall and winning at 24H of Zolder.
His favorite manufacturer is, unsurprisingly, Ferrari
In 2012, Ide was sharing a Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 for AF Corse in FIA GT1 World Championship with 2012 FIA GT3 European Championship champion Francesco Castellacci. The pair scored season high fifth spots at Nogaro and Donnington, but their mixed performance resulted in a 14th place overall, while in Blancpain Series he had his best finish at Monza – the fifth place.
For 2013, Enzo went back to Audi, driving for Phoenix Racing with Anthony Kumpen in the 2013 FIA GT Series season and with Anthony Kumpen and Markus Winkelhock in the 2013 Blancpain Endurance Series season. In the 2013 FIA GT3 season, Enzo scored 16th overall with two fourth places at Nogaro and one sixth at Zolder. In 2014, Enzo was again driving an Audi R8 LMS for Audi WRT and was sharing the car with René Rast and Andre Lotterer. The pair had won one race at Zandvoort, was third at Slovakia Ring, and scored three fourth places at Zandvoort, Zolder, and Baku.
Solid start of the 2015 Blancpain GT Series
Year 2015 started on a good note for Ide who drove for Belgian Audi Club WRT alongside Christopher Mies. They have scored third at Nogaro but only managed to score one more third at Misano in the qualifying race. Enzo missed the last race of the season at Zandvoort, where his teammate scored the second place, finishing the season eighth, while Enzo was tenth.
Ide wins the 2016 Blancpain Sprint Cup title
The following year was even better for the Belgian driver. He again was teamed with Mies behind the wheel of Audi R8 LMS and they won three races of the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup - at Brands Hatch, Nurburgring, and Hungaroring.
Before the last round at Catalunya Circuit, Robin Frijns jumped in as a substitute for Christopher Mies and helped Ide to win the title. Enzo also helped the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT to defend the title in the Teams' Championship of the Blancpain GT Series.
Disappointing results in 2017, switching a focus on rallycross
In 2017, Enzo stayed with Team WRT in the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup, driving the #1 Audi R8 LMS, but the results were disappointing. With just two points on his account, he finished 27th in the final standings.
In 2018, he didn't return into the main European GT competition, switching his focus to rallycross. He made a debut in the FIA World Rallycross Championship in the third round of the season at Spa-Francorchamps, driving an Audi S1 RX.