Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup - Season finale at Nurburgring
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup season ends this weekend with a three-hour race at Nurburgring with no fewer than four crews are battling for the title.
With a maximum of 26 points on offer at the Nürburgring and 34 more up for grabs at the season finale in Barcelona, it is mathematically impossible for the overall drivers’ title to be decided in Germany but in the Endurance Cup new champions will be promoted on Sunday.
Garage 59 chased by four crews
The Garage 59’s McLaren drivers Rob Bell, Come Ledogar and Shane van Gisbergen, who will miss the race and will be replaced with Duncan Tappy, are heading the standings with an advantage of nine points to Bentley Team M-Sport’s trio Andy Soucek, Wolfgang Reip (title defender), and Maxime Soulet. The advantage is not so big considering the fact that Bentley drivers are without a win this year but poor showing of the championship leaders at Spa allowed them to reduce the gap.
The winner of the race at Spa circuit are Rowe Racing’s Maxime Martin, Philipp Eng, and Alexander Sims. The Belgian driver also will miss the final race of the season and will be replaced by another well-known name – Nick Catsburg. The BMW M6 GT3 drivers are in the fine form and they are rightfully considered as one of the favorites for the triumph on the legendary track in the Eifel mountains.
The same number of points like Rowe Racing’s crew has the crew of HTP Motorsport. Dominik Baumann, Maximilian Buhk, and Jazeman Jaafar started the season very well but their performances dropped lately. However, they are still in contention and they shouldn’t be written off.
Teams’ Championship – Small advantage for Garage 59
In the Teams’ Championship standings, Garage 59 leads by only six points to Bentley Team M-Sport. HTP Motorsport and Rowe racing are 13 and 15 points behind the leader while Belgian Audi Club WRT has a deficit of 18 points and still has small chances to defend its crown won in the previous year.
Total of 55 cars will be on the grid at Nurburgring, so there will be a lot of traffic and hopefully, we will see an interesting final race of the 2016 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup season.