2015 Blancpain GT Sprint Series

2015 Blancpain Sprint Series
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The 2015 Blancpain Sprint Series was the third season following on from the demise of the SRO Group's FIA GT1 World Championship (an auto racing series for grand tourer cars), the second with the designation of Blancpain Sprint Series.

CalendarEdit

The series started at the Circuit Paul Armagnac in Nogaro, France on 6 April and will end at Circuit Park Zandvoort in Netherlands on 11 October. Baku had been scheduled to host the final round of the season, but was replaced by Zandvoort for economic reasons.[1] The seven-event calendar contained largely the same events as the previous season, with the addition of races at Moscow Raceway in Russia and Misano in Italy.[2][3]

Event Circuit Date
1   Circuit Paul Armagnac, Nogaro, France 6 April
2   Brands Hatch, Kent, Great Britain 10 May
3   Circuit Zolder, Heusden-Zolder, Belgium 7 June
4   Moscow Raceway, Volokolamsk, Russia 4 July
5   Algarve International Circuit, Algarve, Portugal 6 September
6   Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Misano, Italy 4 October
7   Circuit Park Zandvoort, North Holland, Netherlands 11 October

Entry listEdit

Team Car No. Drivers Class Rounds
  BMW Sports Trophy Team Brasil[4] BMW Z4 GT3[4] 0   Ricardo Sperafico[5] P 1
  Rodrigo Sperafico[5]
  Cacá Bueno[6] 2–7
  Sérgio Jimenez[6]
77   Maxime Martin[5] P 1
  Dirk Müller[5]
  Átila Abreu[7] 2–7
  Valdeno Brito[6]
  Belgian Audi Club Team WRT[8] Audi R8 LMS ultra[8] 1   Robin Frijns[9] P All
  Laurens Vanthoor[9] 1–6
  Christopher Mies[9][10] 7
2 P 1–6
  Enzo Ide[9] 1–6
  Nicki Thiim[10] 7
  Frédéric Vervisch[10]
3   Stéphane Ortelli[9] P All
  Stéphane Richelmi[9]
4   James Nash[8] P All
  Frank Stippler[8]
  Phoenix Racing[11] Audi R8 LMS ultra[11] 6   Nikolaus Mayr-Melnhof[11] P All
  Markus Winkelhock[11]
  Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracán GT3 19   Alberto Di Folco S 6
  Jeroen Mul
63   Mirko Bortolotti P 6
  Patrick Kujala
  Nissan GT Academy Team RJN[12] Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3[12] 23   Nick Hammann[12] PA 4
  Mark Shulzhitskiy[12]
  Attempto Racing[13] McLaren 650S GT3[13] 54   Yoshiharu Mori[14] PA 1
  Philipp Wlazik[14]
  Philipp Wlazik P 2–3
  Fabien Thuner 2
  Nicolas Armindo 3
Porsche 997 GT3-R   Sergey Chukanov 4
  Ivan Samarin
McLaren 650S GT3[13] 55   Rob Bell[5] P 1–4
  Kévin Estre[5]
  GT Russian Team[13] Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3[13] 70   Aleksey Karachev[5] PA All
  Bernd Schneider[5] 1–3
  Christophe Bouchut 4–6
  Indy Dontje 7
71   Aleksey Vasilyev[15] PA 1–6
  Christophe Bouchut[14] 1
  Marko Asmer[15] 2–6
P 7
  Roman Mavlanov 7
  MRS GT-Racing[16] Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3[16] 73   Craig Dolby[16] P 1–4
  Sean Walkinshaw[16]
  ISR[17] Audi R8 LMS ultra[17] 74   Anders Fjordbach[18] S 1–3, 6–7
  Thomas Fjordbach[18] 1–3, 6
  Michael Markussen 7
75   Marco Bonanomi[19] P All
  Filip Salaquarda[19]
  Bentley Team HTP[20] Bentley Continental GT3[20] 83   Jules Szymkowiak[5] S All
  Olivier Lombard[5] 1–2
  Tom Dillmann 3
  Max van Splunteren[21] 4–7
84   Vincent Abril[22] P All
  Maximilian Buhk[22]
  Reiter Engineering[23] Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 R-EX[24] 88   Albert von Thurn und Taxis[23] P All
  Nick Catsburg[23] 1–2, 4–7
  Peter Kox[25] 3
  Always Evolving Motorsport Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 173   Craig Dolby P 5–7
  Sean Walkinshaw
  Rinaldi Racing[26] Ferrari 458 GT3[26] 333   Norbert Siedler[26] P All
  Marco Seefried[26] 1–6
  Jeroen Bleekemolen[27] 7
  Triple 888 Racing[28] BMW Z4 GT3[28] 888   Lee Mowle[28] PA 2
  Joe Osborne[28]
  Fach Auto Tech[13] Porsche 997 GT3-R[13] 911   Martin Ragginger[5] PA 1
  Marcel Wagner[5]
Icon Class
P Pro
PA Pro-Am Trophy
S Silver Cup

Race resultsEdit

Event Circuit Pole position Qualifying Race Winner Championship Race Winner Report
1   Nogaro   No. 3 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT   No. 3 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT   No. 77 BMW Sports Trophy Team Brasil Report
  Stéphane Ortelli
  Stéphane Richelmi
  Stéphane Ortelli
  Stéphane Richelmi
  Maxime Martin
  Dirk Müller
2   Brands Hatch   No. 1 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT   No. 1 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT   No. 1 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Report
  Robin Frijns
  Laurens Vanthoor
  Robin Frijns
  Laurens Vanthoor
  Robin Frijns
  Laurens Vanthoor
3   Zolder   No. 1 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT   No. 1 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT   No. 1 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Report
  Robin Frijns
  Laurens Vanthoor
  Robin Frijns
  Laurens Vanthoor
  Robin Frijns
  Laurens Vanthoor
4   Moscow   No. 88 Reiter Engineering   No. 88 Reiter Engineering   No. 84 Bentley Team HTP Report
  Nick Catsburg
  Albert von Thurn und Taxis
  Nick Catsburg
  Albert von Thurn und Taxis
  Vincent Abril
  Maximilian Buhk
5   Algarve   No. 2 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT   No. 84 Bentley Team HTP   No. 1 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Report
  Enzo Ide
  Christopher Mies
  Vincent Abril
  Maximilian Buhk
  Robin Frijns
  Laurens Vanthoor
6   Misano   No. 333 Rinaldi Racing   No. 333 Rinaldi Racing   No. 333 Rinaldi Racing Report
  Marco Seefried
  Norbert Siedler
  Marco Seefried
  Norbert Siedler
  Marco Seefried
  Norbert Siedler
7   Zandvoort   No. 84 Bentley Team HTP   No. 84 Bentley Team HTP   No. 84 Bentley Team HTP Report
  Vincent Abril
  Maximilian Buhk
  Vincent Abril
  Maximilian Buhk
  Vincent Abril
  Maximilian Buhk

Championship standingsEdit

Scoring system

Championship points were awarded for the first six positions in each Qualifying Race and for the first ten positions in each Championship Race. The pole-sitter in the qualifying race also received one point, entries were required to complete 75% of the winning car's race distance in order to be classified and earn points. Individual drivers were required to participate for a minimum of 25 minutes in order to earn championship points in any race.

Qualifying race points
Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   Pole 
Points 8 6 4 3 2 1 1
Championship race points
Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th 
Points 25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1

Drivers' championshipsEdit

CupEdit

Pos. Driver Team NOG
 
BRH
 
ZOL
 
MSC
 
ALG
 
MIS
 
ZAN
 
Total
QR CR QR CR QR CR QR CR QR CR QR CR QR CR
1   Vincent Abril
  Maximilian Buhk
  Bentley Team HTP 8 4 DNS DNS 3 2 3 1 1 4 7 2 1 1 135
2   Robin Frijns   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT DNS DNS 1 1 1 1 Ret 5 2 1 Ret DNS 15 2 127
3   Laurens Vanthoor DNS DNS 1 1 1 1 Ret 5 2 1 Ret DNS 109
4   Norbert Siedler   Rinaldi Racing 4 5 10 Ret 2 Ret 2 3 4 3 1 1 4 DNS 95
5   Marco Seefried 4 5 10 Ret 2 Ret 2 3 4 3 1 1 92
6   Stéphane Ortelli
  Stéphane Richelmi
  Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 1 2 11 7 Ret 10 9 4 15 5 5 7 5 5 76
7   Átila Abreu
  Valdeno Brito
  BMW Sports Trophy Team Brasil 2 2 5 3 7 2 13 13 4 4 9 Ret 74
8   Christopher Mies   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 3 3 9 14 9 Ret 5 7 10 7 3 8 15 2 62
9   Markus Winkelhock   Phoenix Racing Ret 8 6 8 4 5 101 61 3 2 12 12 3 Ret 48
9   Nikolaus Mayr-Melnhof Ret 8 6 8 4 5 WD WD 3 2 12 12 3 Ret 48
10   Enzo Ide   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 3 3 9 14 9 Ret 5 7 10 7 3 8 44
11   Cacá Bueno
  Sérgio Jimenez
  BMW Sports Trophy Team Brasil 4 4 7 4 4 Ret 7 Ret 6 6 8 10 40
12   Albert von Thurn und Taxis   Reiter Engineering Ret 17 7 5 11 8 1 Ret 5 6 10 9 12 8 39
13   Nick Catsburg Ret 17 7 5 1 Ret 5 6 10 9 12 8 35
14   Maxime Martin
  Dirk Müller
  BMW Sports Trophy Team Brasil 2 1 31
14   Craig Dolby
  Sean Walkinshaw
  MRS GT-Racing Ret 15 3 6 6 9 12 11 31
  Always Evolving Motorsport 14 8 9 5 6 Ret
15   Marco Bonanomi
  Filip Salaquarda
  ISR 6 7 12 11 10 7 14 Ret 9 11 13 10 11 4 26
16   Rob Bell
  Kévin Estre
  Attempto Racing 12 13 5 3 Ret Ret 6 9 22
17   Mirko Bortolotti
  Patrick Kujala
  Grasser Racing Team 2 3 21
17   Nicki Thiim
  Frédéric Vervisch
  Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 2 3 21
18   Jules Szymkowiak   Bentley Team HTP Ret 14 13 12 8 6 8 10 8 Ret Ret DNS 7 6 18
19   James Nash
  Frank Stippler
  Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 11 6 8 9 Ret DNS 11 8 6 12 8 13 Ret Ret 17
20   Max van Splunteren   Bentley Team HTP 8 10 8 Ret Ret DNS 7 6 10
21   Tom Dillmann 8 6 8
21   Marko Asmer   GT Russian Team Ret 13 13 DNS 15 13 11 9 15 11 10 7 8
22   Aleksey Karachev   GT Russian Team 5 11 14 10 12 13 13 12 12 10 14 15 13 9 7
23   Roman Mavlanov   GT Russian Team 10 7 6
24   Bernd Schneider   GT Russian Team 5 11 14 10 12 13 4
24   Peter Kox   Reiter Engineering 11 8 4
24   Aleksey Vasilyev   GT Russian Team 14 9 Ret 13 13 DNS 15 13 11 9 15 11 4
25   Jeroen Bleekemolen   Rinaldi Racing 4 DNS 3
25   Christophe Bouchut   GT Russian Team 14 9 13 12 12 10 14 15 3
26   Indy Dontje   GT Russian Team 13 9 2
  Anders Fjordbach   ISR 7 12 16 15 14 12 11 14 14 11 0
  Thomas Fjordbach 7 12 16 15 14 12 11 14 0
  Martin Ragginger
  Marcel Wagner
  Fach Auto Tech 10 16 0
  Philipp Wlazik   Attempto Racing 13 18 17 17 15 11 0
  Michael Markussen   ISR 14 11 0
  Nicolas Armindo   Attempto Racing 15 11 0
  Olivier Lombard   Bentley Team HTP Ret 14 13 12 0
  Yoshiharu Mori   Attempto Racing 13 18 0
  Nick Hammann
  Mark Shulzhitskiy
  Nissan GT Academy Team RJN Ret 14 0
  Lee Mowle
  Joe Osborne
  Triple 888 Racing 15 16 0
  Sergey Chukanov
  Ivan Samarin
  Attempto Racing DNS 15 0
  Alberto Di Folco
  Jeroen Mul
  Grasser Racing Team 16 DNS 0
  Fabien Thuner   Attempto Racing 17 17 0
Guest drivers ineligible for points
  Ricardo Sperafico
  Rodrigo Sperafico
  BMW Sports Trophy Team Brasil 9 10 0
Key
Colour Result
Gold Race winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
Excluded (EX)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Withdrew (WD)
Blank Did Not Participate

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

Notes

Pro-Am TrophyEdit

Pos. Driver Team NOG
 
BRH
 
ZOL
 
MSC
 
ALG
 
MIS
 
ZAN
 
Total
QR CR QR CR QR CR QR CR QR CR QR CR QR CR
1   Aleksey Karachev   GT Russian Team 5 11 14 10 12 13 13 12 12 10 14 15 13 9 209
2   Aleksey Vasilyev   GT Russian Team 14 9 Ret 13 13 DNS 15 13 11 9 15 11 144
3   Marko Asmer Ret 13 13 DNS 15 13 11 9 15 11 116
4   Christophe Bouchut 14 9 13 12 12 10 14 15 111
5   Bernd Schneider   GT Russian Team 5 11 14 10 12 13 92
6   Indy Dontje 13 9 34
7   Martin Ragginger
  Marcel Wagner
  Fach Auto Tech 10 16 22
7   Lee Mowle
  Joe Osborne
  Triple 888 Racing 15 16 22
8   Yoshiharu Mori
  Philipp Wlazik
  Attempto Racing 13 18 16
9   Nick Hammann
  Mark Shulzhitskiy
  Nissan GT Academy Team RJN Ret 14 15

Silver CupEdit

Pos. Driver Team NOG
 
BRH
 
ZOL
 
MSC
 
ALG
 
MIS
 
ZAN
 
Total
QR CR QR CR QR CR QR CR QR CR QR CR QR CR
1   Jules Szymkowiak   Bentley Team HTP Ret 14 13 12 8 6 8 10 8 Ret Ret DNS 7 6 164
2   Anders Fjordbach   ISR 7 12 16 15 14 12 11 14 14 11 138
3   Thomas Fjordbach 7 12 16 15 14 12 11 14 114
4   Max van Splunteren   Bentley Team HTP 8 10 8 Ret Ret DNS 7 6 77
5   Olivier Lombard Ret 14 13 12 53
6   Tom Dillmann 8 6 34
7   Michael Markussen   ISR 14 11 24
8   Alberto Di Folco
  Jeroen Mul
  Grasser Racing Team 16 DNS 7

Teams' championshipsEdit

CupEdit

Pos. Team Manufacturer NOG
 
BRH
 
ZOL
 
MSC
 
ALG
 
MIS
 
ZAN
 
Total
QR CR QR CR QR CR QR CR QR CR QR CR QR CR
1   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi 1 2 1 1 1 1 5 4 2 1 3 7 2 2 177
2   Bentley Team HTP Bentley 8 4 13 12 3 2 3 1 1 4 7 2 1 1 143
3   BMW Sports Trophy Team Brasil BMW 2 1 2 2 5 3 4 2 7 13 4 4 8 10 118
4   Rinaldi Racing Ferrari 4 5 10 Ret 2 Ret 2 3 4 3 1 1 4 DNS 98
5   Phoenix Racing Audi Ret 8 6 8 4 5 101 61 3 2 12 12 3 Ret 60
6   Reiter Engineering Lamborghini Ret 17 7 5 11 8 1 Ret 5 6 10 9 12 8 58
7   ISR Audi 6 7 12 11 10 7 14 Ret 9 11 11 10 11 4 50
8   GT Russian Team Mercedes-Benz 5 9 14 10 12 13 13 12 11 9 14 11 10 7 41
9   Attempto Racing McLaren/Porsche 12 13 5 3 15 11 6 9 37
10   MRS GT-Racing Nissan Ret 15 3 6 6 9 12 11 31
11   Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini 2 3 21
12   Always Evolving Motorsport Nissan 14 8 9 5 6 Ret 20
13   Nissan GT Academy Team RJN Nissan Ret 14 4
14   Fach Auto Tech Porsche 10 16 1
15   Triple 888 Racing BMW 15 16 1
Notes

Pro-Am TrophyEdit

Pos. Team Manufacturer NOG
 
BRH
 
ZOL
 
MSC
 
ALG
 
MIS
 
ZAN
 
Total
QR CR QR CR QR CR QR CR QR CR QR CR QR CR
1   GT Russian Team Mercedes-Benz 5 9 14 10 12 13 13 12 11 9 14 11 13 9 236
2   Fach Auto Tech Porsche 10 16 25
2   Triple 888 Racing BMW 15 16 25
3   Attempto Racing McLaren 13 18 19
4   Nissan GT Academy Team RJN Nissan Ret 14 18

Silver CupEdit

Pos. Team Manufacturer NOG
 
BRH
 
ZOL
 
MSC
 
ALG
 
MIS
 
ZAN
 
Total
QR CR QR CR QR CR QR CR QR CR QR CR QR CR
1   Bentley Team HTP Bentley Ret 14 13 12 8 6 8 10 8 Ret Ret DNS 7 6 164
2   ISR Audi 7 12 16 15 14 12 11 14 14 11 138
3   Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini 16 DNS 7

See alsoEdit

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