Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe

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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

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]

Regulations[edit]

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.

Races[edit]

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.

History[edit]

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]

Champions[edit]

Drivers[edit]

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 Monaco Stéphane Ortelli
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
Not awarded Russia Sergey Afanasyev
Sweden Andreas Simonsen
Czech Republic Petr Charouz
Czech Republic Jan Stoviček
2014 Germany Maximilian Götz France Vincent Abril
Poland Mateusz Lisowski
Germany Marc Basseng
United Kingdom Alessandro Latif
Not awarded
2015 France Vincent Abril
Germany Maximilian Buhk
Netherlands Jules Szymkowiak Russia Aleksey Karachev
2016 Belgium Enzo Ide Italy Michele Beretta
Germany Luca Stolz
Poland Michał Broniszewski
Italy Giacomo Piccini
Germany Claudio Sdanewitsch
2017 Netherlands Robin Frijns
United Kingdom Stuart Leonard
Germany Fabian Schiller
Netherlands Jules Szymkowiak
Germany Daniel Keilwitz
Germany Alexander Mattschull
United States Stephen Earle
South Africa David Perel
2018 Italy Raffaele Marciello
United Kingdom Michael Meadows
Germany Nico Bastian
United Kingdom Jack Manchester
France Nyls Stievenart
Germany Markus Winkelhock
France Pierre Feligioni
France Claude-Yves Gosselin

Teams[edit]

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 Belgium Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Not awarded Czech Republic HTP Gravity Charouz Czech Republic HTP Gravity Charouz
2014 Belgium Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Belgium Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Germany Phoenix Racing Not awarded
2015 Belgium Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Germany Bentley Team HTP Russia GT Russian Team
2016 Belgium Team WRT Not awarded Switzerland Kessel Racing Italy AF Corse
2017 Belgium Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Germany HTP Motorsport Germany Rinaldi Racing Switzerland Kessel Racing
2018 Belgium Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Not awarded France Saintéloc Racing Belgium Boutsen Ginion Racing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIA GT SERIES IS GO FOR 2013". gt1world.com. Stéphane Ratel Organisation. 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
  2. ^ http://www.blancpain-gt-series.com/news/details/blancpain-watches-extends-partnership-to-the-sro-promoted-gt-sprint-series
  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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