Blancpain Endurance Series

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Blancpain Endurance Series
Blancpain endurance series logo.jpg
Category Grand tourer
Endurance racing
Country Europe
Inaugural season 2011
Tyre suppliers Michelin (2011-2012)
Pirelli (2013-)
Drivers' champion Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
Teams' champion Belgian Audi Club Team WRT
Official website www.blancpain-endurance-series.com
Motorsport current event.svg Current season
Presentation of the inaugural 2011 Blancpain Endurance Series season

The Blancpain Endurance Series is a sports car racing series developed by the SRO Group and the Royal Automobile Club of Belgium (RACB) with approval from 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. The series's goal is to be an endurance racing championship for GT3 cars, similar to the European Le Mans Series which uses GTE cars and Le Mans Prototypes. The series is primarily sponsored by Swiss watchmaker Blancpain, and the company's Lamborghini Super Trofeo series serves as support races.

Format[edit]

Audi R8 LMS during Blancpain Endurance Series season

The Blancpain Endurance Series reestablishes several elements of the former FIA GT Championship, with three hour endurance races held on European circuits such at Monza and Silverstone, as well as a continuation of the Spa 24 Hours. The races feature five classes derived from the FIA's GT3, GT4, and Supersport regulations, with the GT3 cars divided into a class for professional driver line-ups (GT3 Pro), a class for a mixed team of professional and amateurs (GT3 Pro-Am), and a class for gentleman drivers who use cars at least one year old (Gentlemen). The FIA's ranking system for drivers is utilized in determining what class each entry is eligible for. The GT4 category remained its own class.[1]

For the 2012 season, the GT4 and Supersport category were dropped and the GT3 Citation class was modified into the Gentlemen class.[2] In 2013, grids have reached 60 cars for regular races.

The series uses extensive performance balancing and handicap weights to equalize the cars' performance.

Champions[edit]

Drivers[edit]

Year GT3 Pro GT3 Pro/Am GT3 Gentlemen GT4
2011 Belgium Greg Franchi Belgium Louis Machiels
Netherlands Niek Hommerson
France Georges Cabannes United Kingdom Alex Buncombe
France Jordan Tresson
United Kingdom Christopher Ward
2012 Germany Christopher Haase
Monaco Stéphane Ortelli
Germany Christopher Mies
Belgium Louis Machiels
Netherlands Niek Hommerson
United Kingdom Robert Hissom
Switzerland Pierre Hirschi
not held
(discontinued)
2013 Germany Maximilian Buhk Spain Lucas Ordóñez France Jean-Luc Beaubélique
France Patrice Goueslard
France Jean-Luc Blanchemain
2014 Belgium Laurens Vanthoor Italy Andrea Rizzoli
Italy Stefano Gai
United Kingdom Peter Mann
Portugal Francisco Guedes

Teams[edit]

Year GT3 Pro GT3 Pro/Am GT3 Gentlemen GT4
2011 Belgium Belgian Audi Club
Audi
Germany Vita4One
Ferrari
France Ruffier Racing
Lamborghini
United Kingdom RJN Motorsport
2012 Belgium Belgian Audi Club Team WRT
Audi
Italy AF Corse
Ferrari
France Sainteloc Racing
Audi
not held
(discontinued)
2013
Belgium Marc VDS Racing Team
BMW
United Kingdom Nissan GT Academy Team RJN
Nissan
France SOFREV Auto Sport Promotion
Ferrari
2014 Belgium Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Italy Scuderia Villorba Corse
Ferrari
Italy AF Corse
Ferrari

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The new GT Endurance Series in detail!". planetlemans.com. 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2010-11-03. 
  2. ^ "2012 Blancpain Endurance Series Presentation (english)". SRO. 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 

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