2017 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup preview


April 18, 2017
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Alexander S


  • 2017 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup

The 2017 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup starts this weekend with a 3-hour race at legendary Autodromo Nazionale Monza and more than 50 cars on the grid.

The previous season of the series was quite exciting. Garage 59’s McLaren 650S GT of Rob Bell, Come Ledogar, and Shane van Gisbergen won the title thanks to the two wins at Monza and Circuit Paul Ricard. Unfortunately, the team won’t defend its title, so many teams will be in the chase for the trophy. However, Bell and Ledogar will be present in the seat of one of the Strakka Racing’s McLaren 650S GT3s.

Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 2016 drivers

Top 3 Endurance Cup driver line-ups in 2016

HTP Motorsport was the runner-up last year and German team is eager to reach the top in 2017, especially after the triumphant start of the Sprint Cup season. The team will field four Mercedes-AMG GT3s. The same number of cars will field Belgian Audi Club Team WRT, also one of the strongest teams in the series. AF Corse and its sister-teams will have the most cars on the grid. There will be no less than six Ferrari 488 GT3s. One of the teams which also could be among the title contenders is Akka-ASP with four Mercedes cars.

HTP Motorsport Blancpain GT Series 2017

HTP Motorsport already proved that their Mercedes cars are well prepared for the 2017 campaign

The number of races remained unchanged for 2017 campaign but one venue change was made. Nurburgring was dropped out of the calendar and was replaced with Catalunya Circuit which will host the season-ending race.

2017 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup calendar

DateEvent
April 23Monza 3 hours
May 14Silverstone 3 hours
June 24Circuit Paul Ricrad 1000 km
July 4Official Test Day Total 24 Hours of Spa
July 29-30Total 24 Hours of Spa
October 1Barcelona 3 hours

The growing popularity of the series best could be seen when you look at a number of the cars. Audi R8 LMS, McLaren 650S, Mercedes-AMG GT3, and Ferrari 488 GT3 are just three of ten car brands that will try to reach the throne. They will be challenged by Lamborghini Huracan, Bentley Continental, Jaguar, BMW M6, Nissan GT-R Nismo, Aston Martin, and Porsche. Among the drivers, we can see many well-known names as well as promising youngsters what promises another extremely exciting and competitive season.

2017 Blancpain GT Series entry list

Car #TeamDriver 1Driver 2Driver 3Car
2Belgian Audi Club Team WRTNathanael BerthonStephane RichelmiBenoti TreluyerAudi R8 LMS
3Team WRTJosh CaygillJon VenterNiki Mayr MelnhofAudi R8 LMS
4Mercedes-AMG Team Black FalconAdam ChristodoulouYelmer BuurmanLuca StolzMercedes-AMG GT3
5Belgian Audi Club Team WRTMarcel FasslerDries VanthoorWill StevensAudi R8 LMS
7Bentley Team M-SportSteven KaneGuy SmithOliver JarvisBentley Continental GT3
8Bentley Team M-SportAndy SoucekMaxime SouletVincent AbrilBentley Continental GT3
11Kessel RacingMichael BroniszewskiAndrea RizzoliMatteo CressoniFerrari 488 GT3
12Ombra RacingAndrea PicciniMichele BerettaStefano GatusoLamborghini Huracan GT3
14Emil Frey Jaguar RacingLorenz FreyStephane OrtelliAlbert CostaEmil Frey Jaguar GT3
15Black FalconBrett SandbergDore ChaponikScott HeckertMerecdes-AMG GT3
16 Black FalconOliver MorleyMiguel TorilManuel MetzgerMercedes-AMG GT3
17Team WRTStuart LeonardRobin FrijnsJake DennisAudi R8 LMS
19GRT Grasser Racing TeamEzequiel Perez CompancNorbert SiedlerRaffaele GiammariaLamborghini Huracan GT3
22Motul Team RJN MotorsportMatt SimmonsMatthew ParryStruan MoorenNissan GT-R Nismo GT3
23Motul Team RJN NissanAlex BuncombeLucas OrdonezKatsumasa ChiyoNissan GT-R Nismo GT3
26Sainteloc RacingnChristian KeldersMarc RostanChristopher HasseAudi R8 LMS
27Orange 1 Team LazarusFabrizio CrestaniGustavo YacamanNicolas PohlerLamborghini Huracan GT3
31Team ZakspeedKriton LendoudisRui AguasJose Manuel BalbianiMercedes-AMG GT3
32Team ZakspeedImmanuel VinkeVincent VongBeniamino CacciaMercedes-AMG GT3
35Walkenhorst MotorsportnNico MenzelMikkel JensenJaap van LagenBMW M6 GT3
42Strakka RacingnNick LeventisLewis WilliamsonCraig FlemingMcLaren 650S GT3
44Strakka RacingJonny KaneDavid FumanelliSam TordoffMcLaren 650S GT3
48MANN-FILTER Team HTP MotorsportKenneth HeyerIndy DontjePatrick AssenheimerMercedes-AMG GT3
50Spirit Of RacePasin LathourasMichele RugoloAlessandro Pier GuidiFerrari 488 GT3
51AF CorseIshikawa MotoakiLorenzo BontempelliOlivier BerettaFerrari 488 GT3
53Spirit Of RaceNiek HommersonLouis MachielsAndrea BertoliniFerrari 488 GT3
55Kaspersky MotorsportGiancarlo FisichellaMarco CiociJames CaladoFerrari 488 GT3
58Strakka RacingCome LedogarRob BellBen BarnicoatMcLaren 650S GT3
59Strakka RacingAndrew WatsonJazeman JaafarDean StonemanMcLaren 650S GT3
60Raton RacingAndrea AmiciDennis LindStefano CostantiniLamborghini Huracan GT3
63GRT Grasser Racing TeamMirko BortolottiChristian EngelhartAndrea CaldarelliLamborghini Huracan GT3
66Attempto RacingMarco MapelliGiovanni VenturiniLuca FilippiLamborghini Huracan GT3
67Attempto RacingMax van SplunterenClement MateuGiorgio MaggiLamborghini Huracan GT3
72SMP RacingVictor ShaytarDavide RigonMiguel MolinaFerrari 488 GT3
74ISRTBATBATBAAudi R8 LMS
75ISRFilip SalaquardaFrank StipplerClemens SchmidAudi R8 LMS
77Barwell MotorsportAdrian AmstutzMartin KodricPatrick KujalaLamborghini Huracan GT3
78Barwell MotorsportLeo MatchitskiMiguel RamosRichard AbraLamborghini Huracan GT3
84Mercedes-AMG Team HTP MotorsportMaximilian BuhkFranck PereraJimmy ErikssonMerecdes-AMG GT3
85 HTP MotorsportDominik BaumannEdward SandstromFabian SchillerMercedes-AMG GT3
86HTP MotorsportMichael AvenattiDamien FaulknerMike SkeenMercedes-AMG GT3
87Akka ASPJean-Luc BeaubeliqueJules GounonNico BastianMercedes-AMG GT3
88Akka ASPFelix SerrallesDaniel JuncadellaTristan VautierMercedes-AMG GT3
89Akka ASPDaniele PerfettiAlex FontanaLudovic BadeyMercedes-AMG GT3
90Akka ASPMichael MeadowsRaffaele MarcielloEdoardo MortaraMercedes-AMG GT3
97Oman Racing Team with TF SportAhmad Al HarthyJonathan Adam-Aston Martin Vantage GT3
114Emil Frey Jaguar RacingnJonathan HirschiChristian KlienMarco SeefriedEmil Frey Jaguar GT3
333Rinaldi RacingAlexander MattschullDaniel KeilwitzRinat SalikhovFerrari 488 GT3
488Rinaldi RacingPierre EhretRino Mastronardi-Ferrari 488 GT3
777Team HB RacingGilles VanneletBernard DelhezDominic JostLamborghini Huracan GT3
888Kessel RacingJacques DuyvierMarco ZanuttiniDavid PerelFerrari 488 GT3
911Herberth MotorsportJurgen HaringAlfred RenauerRobert RenauerPorsche 991 GT3 R
961AF CorseAlex DemerdjianDavide RizzoAbigail EatonFerrari 488 GT3

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