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Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe

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The Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe, formerly the FIA GT Series in 2013 and the Blancpain Sprint Series in 2014 and 2015, and Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup from 2016 to 2018, is a sports car racing series organized by the Stéphane Ratel Organisation (SRO) with the approval of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). The championship now exclusively races in Europe, but had in previous years visited other continents including Asia. The series continues the sprint format for GT-cars carried out by the defunct FIA GT1 World Championship.[1]

Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe
CategoryGrand tourer
CountryInternational
Inaugural season2013
Tyre suppliersPirelli
Drivers' championItaly Raffaele Marciello
United Kingdom Michael Meadows
Teams' championBelgium Belgian Audi Club Team WRT
Official websitewww.blancpain-gt-series.com
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

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RegulationsEdit

The Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe is contested with GT3-spec cars. Each event consists of two races over a weekend with two drivers per car and a mandatory pit stop.

RacesEdit

The schedule of the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup consists of races in Europe and Asia. The majority of the races are held on mid-size European circuits.

HistoryEdit

In 2013, the FIA GT Series was created after the demise of the FIA GT1 World Championship and the FIA GT3 European Championship. The series was supposed to form the FIA GT World Series in conjunction with the Blancpain Endurance Series. This plan was abandoned before the start of the 2013 season.

The name of the FIA GT Series resembles the FIA GT Championship (1997-2009) that was known for its endurance races all over the world. Except for the mandatory driver changes the two championships differ highly in sporting and technical regulations.

In 2014, the competition changed the name for Blancpain Sprint Series.[2]

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 causing the Sprint Series name to change from Blancpain Sprint Series to Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup.[3]

On 25 May 2018, the SRO acquired promotional rights to the Pirelli World Challenge, a North American GT series sanctioned by the United States Auto Club. On 29 September 2018, the SRO changed the names of the Blancpain GT Asia and Sprint Cup, to adopt the World Challenge name used in North America. The three series together will be known as the Blancpain GT World Challenge, with each series adding their region to the series name (America, Asia, Europe).[4]

ChampionsEdit

DriversEdit

Year Pro Cup (2013–2015)
Overall (2016–)
Silver Cup Pro-Am Trophy (2013–2015)
Pro-Am Cup (2016–)
Gentlemen Trophy (2013)
Am Cup (2016–)
2013   Stéphane Ortelli
  Laurens Vanthoor
Not awarded   Sergey Afanasyev
  Andreas Simonsen
  Petr Charouz
  Jan Stoviček
2014   Maximilian Götz   Vincent Abril
  Mateusz Lisowski
  Marc Basseng
  Alessandro Latif
Not awarded
2015   Vincent Abril
  Maximilian Buhk
  Jules Szymkowiak   Aleksey Karachev
2016   Enzo Ide   Michele Beretta
  Luca Stolz
  Michał Broniszewski
  Giacomo Piccini
  Claudio Sdanewitsch
2017   Robin Frijns
  Stuart Leonard
  Fabian Schiller
  Jules Szymkowiak
  Daniel Keilwitz
  Alexander Mattschull
  Stephen Earle
  David Perel
2018   Raffaele Marciello
  Michael Meadows
  Nico Bastian
  Jack Manchester
  Nyls Stievenart
  Markus Winkelhock
  Pierre Feligioni
  Claude-Yves Gosselin

TeamsEdit

Year Pro Cup (2013–2015)
Overall (2016–)
Silver Cup Pro-Am Trophy (2013–2015)
Pro-Am Cup (2016–)
Gentlemen Trophy (2013)
Am Cup (2016–)
2013   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Not awarded   HTP Gravity Charouz   HTP Gravity Charouz
2014   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT   Phoenix Racing Not awarded
2015   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT   Bentley Team HTP   GT Russian Team
2016   Team WRT Not awarded   Kessel Racing   AF Corse
2017   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT   HTP Motorsport   Rinaldi Racing   Kessel Racing
2018   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Not awarded   Saintéloc Racing   Boutsen Ginion Racing

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIA GT SERIES IS GO FOR 2013". gt1world.com. Stéphane Ratel Organisation. 2013-01-10. Archived from the original on 2013-01-13. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-30. Retrieved 2013-12-30.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "About Blancpain GT Series". Blancpain GT Series. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Stephane Ratel outlines exciting 2019 season plans for SRO Motorsports Group". blancpain-gt-series.com. SRO Motorsports Group. 29 September 2018. Retrieved 5 October 2018.

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