GT World Challenge Europe

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GT World Challenge Europe (known as the Blancpain GT Series between 2014 and 2019) is a sports car racing series organized by the Stéphane Ratel Organisation (SRO) with the approval of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). It features grand tourer racing cars modified from production road cars complying with the FIA's GT3 regulations.

GT World Challenge Europe
CategoryGrand tourer
Endurance racing
CountryInternational
Inaugural season2014
Tyre suppliersPirelli (2014–)
Drivers' championItaly Andrea Caldarelli
Italy Marco Mapelli
Teams' championChina Orange1 FFF Racing Team
Official websitewww.gt-world-challenge-europe.com
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

HistoryEdit

The series is divided into two separate championships, the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup and the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup. Although the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup (then the Blancpain Endurance Series) has been organised since 2011, the inaugural season of the Blancpain GT Series was 2014, because in that year the FIA GT Series became the Blancpain Sprint Series, which is now the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup. The series was primarily sponsored by Swiss watchmaker Blancpain.

After developing their partnership, Blancpain and the SRO have decided that 2016 will see both the Sprint and Endurance Series further integrated into the Blancpain GT Series, putting the emphasis on the prestigious overall drivers' and manufacturers' titles, and causing the Sprint Series name to change from Blancpain Sprint Series to Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup and the Endurance Series name to change from Blancpain Endurance Series to Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.[1]

In 2019, SRO Group announced that their sponsorship agreement with Blancpain had come to an end, this resulted in the Blancpain GT Series being renamed the GT World Challenge Europe with the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe being renamed the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup and Sprint Cup respectively.

ChampionsEdit

DriversEdit

Year Overall Silver Cup Pro-Am Cup Am Cup
2014   Laurens Vanthoor Not held Not awarded
2015   Robin Frijns
2016   Dominik Baumann
  Maximilian Buhk
  Michał Broniszewski   Claudio Sdanewitsch
2017   Mirko Bortolotti
  Christian Engelhart
  Alexander Mattschull   David Perel
2018   Raffaele Marciello   Nico Bastian
  Jack Manchester
  Nyls Stievenart
  Markus Winkelhock
  Adrian Amstutz
  Leo Machitski
2019   Andrea Caldarelli
  Marco Mapelli
  Nico Bastian   Andrea Bertolini
  Louis Machiels
Not awarded

TeamsEdit

Year Overall Silver Cup Pro-Am Cup Am Cup
2014   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Not held Not awarded
2015   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT
2016   (AMG - Team) HTP Motorsport   Kessel Racing   AF Corse/Kaspersky Motorsport
2017   GRT Grasser Racing Team   Rinaldi Racing   Kessel Racing
2018   (Mercedes-AMG Team) AKKA ASP /   SMP Racing by AKKA ASP Not awarded   Saintéloc Racing   Barwell Motorsport
2019   Orange1 FFF Racing Team   AKKA ASP Team   AF Corse Not awarded

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "About Blancpain GT Series". Blancpain GT Series. Retrieved 31 March 2016.

External linksEdit