Let us introduce you to the Blancpain GT Series, tell you just why we love it so much and most importantly, why you should be watching it! It’s fast-paced, unpredictable and a must-see for any motorsport fan, but many have never even heard of it; this is why we want to bring this incredible event to your attention so you too can experience the thrills and spills for yourself.
Where it all began…
So, let’s start with this year’s event – way back in September, the Blancpain GT Series 2016 calendar was announced at Stephane Ratel’s annual SRO Motorsport Group press conference and plans for the championships were at last confirmed. 2016 marks the third season of the world’s biggest GT series and this year’s event has been running since April 10th, reaching its thrilling conclusion on October 2nd in Barcelona.
Over the years, since it was created in 2011, the Blancpain Endurance Series has become the global reference for GT racing; mostly reserved for GT3 cars, it takes them into this endurance format which consists of 3 hours racing and 2 mandatory pit stops. Cars must now spend a set minimum time in the pit; this is to reduce the refuelling and wheel change developments, which have become more expensive and complex, with the intention of making the processes as quick as possible.
What’s new for 2016?
5 Endurance Cup rounds and 5 Sprint Cup rounds make up the 10 rounds in total and special measures have been put in place to better unite elements of the two; their class structures have been harmonised for 2016 as they now share a points system and driver categories. The number of events has been dropped from 12 to 10 whilst the prize money has increased, so it really is all changing this year. Only the most complete GT drivers will be victorious and since we have seen many young, highly skilled drivers take part each season, ‘edge of your seat’ excitement is guaranteed.
Supporters of the series include Audi, Hexis, Total and Pirelli, who also supply their 2015 Endurance tyres for use in each of the 10 events. Among the awesome selection of cars present this year you will see Aston Martin, Porsche, Jaguar, Ferrari, McLaren and Bentley – Top Gear’s own Chris Harris took part in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup for Team Parker Bentley in the Continental GT3. With the introduction of new elements, extraordinarily talented drivers and a whole host of exciting races to watch there has never been a better time to discover the Blancpain GT Series and everything it has to offer.