Legendary Monza ‘Temple of Speed’ hosts first Endurance race of 2016 Blancpain GT Series
On Sunday 24 April no fewer than 57 impressive GT3 cars will line-up for round two of the 2016 Blancpain GT Series, the first of this season’s Endurance Cup rounds. And with almost half the field competing in the Pro category, the three-hour race at Monza promises to be an exhilarating one.
Two weeks after the first race of the Sprint Cup in Misano the drivers and teams competing in the full Blancpain GT Series head for the Autodromo di Monza, setting for the first of 2016’s five Endurance events.
Mercedes-Benz will celebrate the most successful motor racing year in the company's history with a new version of Stars & Cars. Spectators can watch an international Who's Who of racing live at Stars & Cars in the Mercedes-Benz Arena Stuttgart on 12 December. Taking part will be Formula One driver Nico Rosberg and the DTM aces, plus the 2015 Mercedes-Benz champions from four different racing series - three-time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton, DTM Champion Pascal Wehrlein, FIA Formula 3 European Champion Felix Rosenqvist and ADAC GT Masters Champions Luca Ludwig and Sebastian Asch.
Further enhancement of the Blancpain GT Series through more competitive classes and increased prize money, development of the GT Sports Club and Ultracar Sports Club, integration of Curbstone Track Events and last but not least the introduction of an Intercontinental GT Challenge: 2016 promises to be a fascinating year for the SRO Motorsports Group.
At the season finale of the 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series at the legendary Nürburgring Stephane Ratel, founder and CEO of the SRO Motorsports Group, unveiled the future plans for the company that has organised and promoted world class GT racing for the last 20 years.
In their sixth attempt at the Total 24 Hours of Spa, the Belgian BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS finally took their first win on home soil. The #46 BMW Z4 driven by Nick Catsburg, Markus Palttala and Lucas Luhr completed 536 laps, taking fastest lap for good measure, crossing the line a lap ahead of the #2 Audi Sport Team WRT in a typically eventful race in changeable weather. Third was the #5 Audi Sport Team Phoenix, which claimed the last podium spot one hour from the end when the #99 Rowe Racing Mercedes was pushed into the box with a broken alternator.
Blancpain Sprint Series leaders Laurens Vanthoor and Robin Frijns took their second consecutive main race win of the 2015 season in Zolder. At their home track, the Belgian-Dutch duo dominated the race from start to finish, after their rivals made rather a mess of the first corner. Contact between the #84 Bentley Team HTP Continental and the #333 Rinaldi Racing Ferrari meant retirement for the Ferrari, and with the #2 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT incurring a penalty for jumping the start Frijns and Vanthoor were never really under threat.
Belgian Audi Club Team WRT-pairing Laurens Vanthoor and Robin Frijns took an emphatic win in the Qualifying Race for the Zolder round of the 2015 Blancpain Sprint Series. The Belgian-Dutch duo were never really threatened during a race that was marred by a four-car incident at the start. The #333 Rinaldi Racing Ferrari of Norbert Siedler and Marco Seefried finished in second, followed by the #84 Bentley Team HTP Continental of Maxi Buhk and Vincent Abril. Their team-mates Tom Dillmann and Jules Szymkowiak claimed the win in Silver Cup, while Bernd Schneider and Alexey Karachev took top spot in Pro-Am for the GT Russian Team.
Mick Schumacher wins in Oschersleben on his formula racing debut
Schumacher's team-mate Joey Mawson finishes second after exciting finale
Schumacher: "I'm ecstatic, of course!"
Great start in the ADAC Formula 4 for Mick Schumacher (16, GER, Van Amersfoort Racing). The son of record Formula 1 world champion winner Michael Schumacher won the third race in the etropolis Motorsport Arena Oschersleben in front of more than 20,000 spectators at the weekend. The 16-year-old is the first rookie to achieve a victory in the season opener of the new ADAC High Speed Academy.
The first event of the 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series saw the #19 GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini cross the line in first position. However, after the race, the car was excluded from the meeting after the stewards deemed the refueling restrictor to be in breach of the regulations. GRT Grasser Racing Team has appealed against that exclusion.
The #333 Rinaldi Racing Ferrari, with Norbert Siedler and Rinat Salikhov at the wheel, started from pole and was never out of the top three, eventually crossing the line in second and winning the Pro-Am Cup.
The inaugural Blancpain GT Series having come to an exciting and successful conclusion with the Baku World Challenge this weekend, the SRO Motorsports Group has released the complete 2015 Blancpain GT Series calendar. With new and exciting locations for the Blancpain Sprint Series and the introduction of prize money for the Blancpain Endurance Series, 2015 looks set to be another exciting season for the biggest GT series on the motorsports planet.
2015 Blancpain Sprint Series with races in Moscow and Misano
The second season of the Blancpain Sprint Series continues to build on the success of the inaugural edition.
After an eventful Qualifying Race for the final event of the 2014 Blancpain Sprint Series Maximilian Götz (#84 HTP Motorsport Mercedes) was crowned the new Series champion. A ninth place at the finish proved to be enough for the 28-year-old German, as the Lamborghini of his sole remaining contenders Hari Proczyk and Jeroen Bleekemolen fell victim to the high demands of the tough Baku street circuit. Götz’s teammate, Maximilian Buhk, saw his lead in the overall Blancpain GT Series standings dwindle to 15 points, as Laurens Vanthoor took his fourth Qualifying Race win of the year, together with teammate Cesar Ramos.
The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup has run exclusively as support to the Formula 1 races since 1993. The flagship series of Porsche’s 19 one-make cups worldwide has thrived in this exceptional environment.
The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, in which the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991) will race again after its successful debut last season, is not only regarded as an excellent recommendation for drivers aiming for a career in GT and prototype racing, but also offers partners and teams a perfect business platform.
Alvaro Parente, Grégoire Demoustier and Alexandre Premat dominated the first round of the 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series with their ART Grand Prix McLaren, leading from start to finish. It was only the second time in the history of the Blancpain Endurance Series that a McLaren managed to take the win. The Sainteloc Audi of Sandström, Ortelli and Guilvert crossed the line in second, with the second ART Grand Prix McLaren in third. Victory in the Pro-Am category went to the BMW of Italian team ROAL Motorsport, with Comandini, Amos and Colombo finishing sixth overall as well.
With an inspired couple of laps in the final section of qualifying, Portuguese driver Alvaro Parente claimed the first pole position of the 2014 season of the Blancpain Endurance Series. With his ART Grand Prix McLaren, he was over four tenths of a second quicker than Giacomo Petrobelli in the Kessel Racing Ferrari, but the Italian was quickest in the Pro-Am category. Another Ferrari driver, Francisco Guedes of AF Corse, set the best time in the Gentlemen Trophy.
Qualifying for the opening round of the Blancpain Endurance Series in Monza started under cloudy skies, but there was no threat of rain.
The long wait has come to an end. Next weekend, on the Autodromo Nazionale Di Monza the contenders in the Blancpain Endurance Series 2014 will finally know how good they have prepared themselves for the new season. Ever since its creation in 2011, the Blancpain Endurance Series has been the best supported and most competitive GT competition in the world. 40 impressive GT3 cars, entered by some of the most professional teams and driven by a plethora of top notch racers, will form the impressive grid on the asphalt of the fabled Italian circuit.
The new ‘SuperTouringSeries’ will be launched on Thursday, 9th January, 2014 at the Autosport International show at The NEC in Birmingham.
Motorsport stalwart Daniel Audetto was recently appointed CEO of London based Pan Asia Racing Enterprise Ltd (PARE Ltd) and is a director of the new series. It is inspired by the 'SUPERSTARS International Series', a protagonist of European track racing which featured some of the world's most magnificent high-performance cars (up to 600 horse-power) and attracted drivers such as Vitantonio Liuzzi, Johnny Herbert, Mika Salo, Giancarlo Fisichella , Johan Kristofferson and 2013 SUPERSTARS champion Gianni Morbidelli.
Encouraged by the phenomenal success of the Blancpain Endurance Series, which has rapidly become a global reference for GT racing, world-renowned Swiss watch maker Blancpain and the SRO Motorsports Group today announce that they have reached an agreement to extend their partnership to the Sprint series, previously promoted as the FIA GT Series.
The Blancpain Sprint will be run over seven events with two races of one hour per event and the calendar is as follows:
• April 18th – 21st : Coupes de Pâques, Nogaro, France
• May 17th – 18th : Brands Hatch, Great Britain
• July 4th – 6th : Zandvoort , the Netherlands
• August 22nd – 24th : Slovakia Ring, Slovakia*
• September 5th – 7th : Algarve, Portugal
• September 27th – 28th or October 4th – 5th : Navarra , Spain
• November 1st – 2nd : Baku World Challenge, Azerbaijan**
It will distribute one of the most generous prize funds in European racing, with 100,000 euros available at each European race, in addition to the generous prize money of 175,000 euros awarded at the Baku World Challenge**.
The 2013 International GT Open enters its final stretch, with only two rounds left; these are the two most traditional in the calendar, Monza and Barcelona, the only two circuits visited each year by the series since its inception. The first of these two stops is the iconic Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, where it all started, for the GT Open, back in April 2006.
Tradition has been respected, and Monza has attracted an excellent entry, with 33 cars in the official list published today, but the main focus will be on the title battles, which starts to heat up.
Sébastien Loeb Racing completed a memorable and richly deserved 1-2 finish at Circuito de Navarra in Spain this afternoon. Loeb (FRA) himself, partnered with Alvaro Parente (PRT), took another comfortable victory to ensure a double success for the French team after their qualifying race win this morning.
With the morning rain having ceased, Loeb led on a dry track in to the first corner pursued by the sister #10 Sébastien Loeb Racing McLaren MP4-12C of Andreas Zuber (AUT). Zuber pressured his illustrious teammate for most of the first stint until a right rear puncture ensured an early pit stop for a replacement Pirelli tyre.
The provisional 2014 calendar for the FIA World Endurance Championship was announced today at the Circuit of the Americas.
The calendar features the same eight circuits as this season but with an adjustment to the end of the year so that the final in Bahrain will be two weeks earlier compared to this year’s calendar.
Gerard Neveu, CEO of the FIA WEC, said: “This calendar represents a further step to establishing the brand of the FIA World Endurance Championship in the country’s that we visit.
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Next weekend, 13/14 April, the mythical Italian circuit of Monza will host the opening round of the 2013 Blancpain Endurance Series.
For its third edition, the Series organised by the SRO Motorsports Group is full to capacity and confirms its leading position in GT racing, with 60 GT3 cars on the grid.
The "Blancpain" as it commonly said in the paddock has become a key focal point of the motorsport calendar liked by all the teams, drivers and the most prestigious manufacturers.
The calendar will offer a trio of three-hour races (Monza, Paul Ricard and Silverstone), the famous 1000 km race at the Nurburgring, but the real highlight of the season will once again be the Total 24 Hours of Spa, where even more cars than those appearing at Monza next weekend will join.
The Krenek Motorsport BMW 320si of Petr Fulín will start the first race of the 2013
ETCC from pole position after setting the fastest time early in the thirty-minute
Qualifying session at Monza. BMW cars occupied all of the top four places; Mat’o
Homola was second fastest, third quickest was Ibrahim Okyay and Oleg Petrikov was fourth. The leading non-BMW – and the leading Single-Make Trophy competitor -
was the SEAT of Andreas Pfister which was fifth quickest.
Stoner, who retired from MotoGP racing at the end of last year, will drive a car entered by Triple Eight Race Engineering in the Dunlop V8 Series – the development category for the V8 Supercar championship.
The team and livery will be unveiled on Wednesday February 27 in Adelaide, just two days before Stoner makes his debut in the seven-round championship.
SRO Motorsports Group and the FIA announced today details for a newly named 2013 FIA GT Series which will preserve the highly competitive sprint-format of the former GT1 World Championship and bring together the most professional GT teams and drivers from Europe and beyond.
After months of discussions with the FIA and GT teams, SRO Motorsports Group and the FIA have now finalised details for 2013. In light of the on-going economic downturn in Europe, a more limited programme will be run in 2013 with six key events.
In the 2013 season, the race calendar of the planet’s most competitive young-gun series will comprise 10 race weekends in six European countries.
The season will be kicked off as early as on 23 and 24 March in Italy, with the season finale (26-27 October) being held in France. The hopeful Formula 3 talents will race in the,support programme of WTCC, WEC and DTM races at tradition-rich motor-racing venues that always are attended by big crowds. In spring, the FIA Formula 3 European Championship will race at the prestigious Formula 1 circuits of Monza (Italy), Silverstone (UK) and Hockenheim (Germany).
SRO Motorsport Group is proud to announce plans for new GT4 series’ in 2013. Next year a new GT4 trophy will re-launch this popular class of racing after a brief hiatus this season.
Five race events from various national championships will be selected to count towards the trophy, using the SRO technical and sporting regulations. The teams and drivers will score points for separate series titles. The best 4 results will count to obtain the 2013 GT4 Trophy team and drivers titles. There will also be an additional points table for the bronze categorised drivers.
Romain Grosjean has been crowned the 2012 Champion of the Race of Champions after an emphatic performance in Bangkok.
Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher both failed to halt Romain’s march through the heats as he progressed through to the final against eight-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen in the event which pitches champions from the world of motorsport head-to-head against each other in a variety of machinery.
In a three-heat finale for the crown, the LotusF1 Team driver made the title certain with a win first in the ROC Buggy and next in the KTM X-Bow, meaning the crown was his without need for the final heat.
2012 MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo took some time out this week in the winter break to enjoy the legendary Thailand hospitality with a bit of racing excitement added.
The Yamaha Factory rider took part in his first Race of Champions event in Bangkok over the weekend, pitting himself against the world’s best car racing drivers, including Formula One legends Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher.
Run over two days with a number of different cars on a short twisty stadium circuit, the annual competition is by invitation only to past and present world title-holders from different Championships.
Race of Champions: Tom Kristensen impressed fans in the stadium in Bangkok with his excellent performance: on the way to the final of the spectacle, the eight-time Le Mans winner disposed of David Coulthard and last year’s victor Sébastien Ogier. Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean in a thrilling showdown only finally beat the Dane. The Audi R8 LMS was once again one of the most popular race cars at the Race of Champions. The customer racing race car from Audi produces 570 hp and inspired drivers and fans alike.
Today (15 December 2012) in Paris the Champions from the inaugural season of the FIA World Endurance Championship were honoured in a glittering ceremony at the Pavillon Champs-Elysees.
The guests were reminded of the eight round championship with a short three minute video that relived some of the highlights of the year before the trophies were presented to the top teams and drivers in the five categories – LMP1, LMP1 Privateer, LMP2, LMGTE Pro and LMGTE Am.
Rebellion Racing and their drivers Nicolas Prost and Neel Jani won the top honours in the LMP1 Privateers class, Starworks Motorsports and driver Enzo Potolicchio won LMP2, AF Corse and Giancarlo Fisichella were top in the LMGTE Pro class while Larbre Competition won the Team trophy in LMGTE Am but Team Felbermayr Proton drivers Christian Ried, Gianluca Roda and Paolo Ruberti lifted the drivers trophy in the GTE Am class.
Chevrolet yesterday celebrated a successful 2012 World Touring Car Championship season, receiving the Manufacturers’ World Champion trophy – the third in a row – at the FIA Prize Giving Gala ceremony in Istanbul.
Rob Huff received his trophy as Drivers’ World Champion, having preceded his Chevrolet teammates Alain Menu and Yvan Muller, who came in second and third respectively and completed a clean sweep for the boys in blue.
This was the second year running that the trio claimed the top three spots in the series and the third time a Chevrolet driver claimed the crown – Muller won the title with Chevrolet in 2010 and 2011.
Another championship title for a customer team: only one week after winning the Portuguese GT Championship, César Campaniço, Boss of Team Novadriver, can celebrate yet another title. The Finn Mikko Eskelinen, with whom Campaniço shares an Audi R8 LMS ultra, celebrated winning the Iber GT Championship title in the finale at Barcelona. In the first race Eskelinen/Campaniço finished fifth while their Novadriver team mates Manuel Giao/Carlos Vieira were victorious. In the second race, the Finnish-Portuguese pairing completed the triumph with second place.
Toyota Racing utterly dominated today’s 6 Hours of Shanghai, the eighth and final round of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship. Alex Wurz and Nicolas Lapierre finished a lap ahead of the No.2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen having led the way from the start.
However, it was also a day of celebration and smiles in the Audi garage. By crossing the finish line in third place, André Lotterer, Benoît Tréluyer and Marcel Fässler scored enough points to capture the World Drivers’ Championship – the first for this new FIA championship.
Belgian Audi Club Team WRT clinched both the 2012 Blancpain Endurance Series drivers’ and teams’ titles at Navarra in a dramatic and incident-filled afternoon, as the usual Spanish sunshine turned to a torrential downpour.
The No.1 WRT Audi R8 LMS ultra of Christopher Mies (DEU), Christopher Haase, (DEU) and Stephane Ortelli (MCO) finished the race in second place under safety car conditions in the wet weather, bringing home the drivers’ championship, finishing on 114 points for the season.
The IMSA Porsche of Narac-Pilet re-encounters with victory. The French team conquers first success of the year in slippery conditions Ramos-Giammaria 2nd with the Corvette Tandy-Holzer (Manthey Porsche) take 3rd and points lead from Bruni-Leo Beretta-Puglisi (Autorlando Porsche) emerge in dramatic GTS finale.
The IMSA Performance Porsche found again the way to victory today in Monza, in a race that had a lively ending given the slippery conditions. This is the 11th win of the French outfit, but the first one this season.
The Blancpain Endurance Series returns from the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps to the equally-challenging Nürburgring for the fifth round of the 2012 season.
The entry list totals 50 cars and the driver line-up includes “El Dottore”, the nine-time world motorcycle champion Valentino Rossi making his second appearance in the Blancpain Endurance Series.
Rossi will share a Kessel Racing Ferrari 458 Italia which will sport the famous No.46.
There is class warfare on several fronts in the 2012 series.
The Hexis Racing McLaren team recorded a hard-fought one-two finish in the Championship Race at the seventh round of the FIA GT1 World Championship on a rain-lashed Moscow Raceway.
Frederic Makowiecki (FRA) and Stef Dusseldorp (NLD) in the No.1 McLaren MP4-12C secured victory by over 25 seconds which puts them back in contention in the drivers’ championship.
Second was the sister car of Alvaro Parente (PRT) and Gregoire Demoustier (FRA) with the No.33 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 of Frank Stippler (DEU) and Oliver Jarvis (GBR) taking third.
The Portuguese Team Novadriver Audi pair of Ni Amorim and Cesar Campanico took their maiden victory in an incident-packed Race Two of the fifth round five of the FIA GT3 European Championship on a sodden Moscow Raceway.
The Russian Esta Motorsports Ferraris, benefitting from home advantage, were second and third with the No.199 car of Aleksy Basov (RUS) and Bjorn Grossman (DEU) leading home the No.177 of Aleksander Skryabin (RUS) and Alessandro Pier Guidi (ITA).
Amorim and Campanico, who had a third place finish in Navarra and a second in the previous round in Portugal, continued their upward trend in trying conditions.
Over 35,000 visitors to Silverstone witnessed Audi being crowned as the inaugural FIA World Endurance Manufacturer Champions as they claimed a first and third placed finish at the 6 Hours of Silverstone.
1 1 Audi Sport Team Joest Fässler / Lotterer / Tréluyer Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 194 6:00'39.594
2 7 Toyota Racing Wurz / Lapierre / Nakajima Toyota TS030 – Hybrid LMP1 194 6:01'35.269
3 2 Audi Sport Team Joest Kristensen / McNish Audi R18 ultra LMP1 194 6:01'54.
The FIA WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone proved to be a happy hunting ground for the AF Corse team as they took wins in both the LMGTE Pro and LMGTE Am categories. The nr51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia of Gianmaria Bruni and Giancarlo Fisichella won the LMGTE Pro class in a hard fought race, while the nr61 AF Corse-Waltrip Ferrari 458 Italia of Piergiuseppe Perrazzini, Marco Cioci and Matt Griffin were victorious in LMGTE Am finishing ahead of the nr50 Larbre Competition Corvette and the nr88 Team Felbermayr-Proton Porsche.
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