Blancpain GT Series season starts with Sprint Cup weekend at Zolder

  • Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup Zolder
  • Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup Zolder

The Blancpain GT Series, which could be considered as the unofficial European GT Championship, is starting this weekend with two Sprint Cup races at Circuit Zolder.

Same as the year before, the season features five two-race events. Zolder will host the season-opener instead of Misano. The Italian round will be the third round in June, after the event at Brands Hatch in May. Hungaroring will host the fourth round in September and Nurburgring will be again a venue for the season-closing event on September 15-16.

Besides slight changes on the calendar, big changes occurred in sporting rules of the Sprint Cup. Previously, there were two races (Qualifying Race and Main Race) with separate point-systems. This year, the race weekend will consist of two races in which equal points would be scored.

Defending Sprint Cup champions Robin Frijns and Stuart Leonard will compete in the #17 Audi R8 LMS

Defending Sprint Cup champions Robin Frijns and Stuart Leonard will compete in the #17 Audi R8 LMS

Twenty-two crews are on the entry list for Zolder’s season-opener. Defending Sprint Cup champions Robin Frijns and Stuart Leonard will defend a title in the #17 Team WRT Audi R8 LMS. The Belgian team will have four cars in the Sprint Cup. Four more Audis are coming to Zolder, two operated by Sainteloc Racing and two operated by Attempto Racing.

One more team will filed four cars – the French Akka ASP Team. The team first announced three Mercedes-AMG GT3s and then added one more entry under the banner of the Russian SMP Racing. GRT Grasser Racing Team is entering the competition with three Lamborghini Huracans.

Akka ASP Mercedes

Akka ASP Team is coming to Zolder with four Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars

Among GRT’s six drivers, there are last year’s Endurance Cup champions Mirko Bortolotti, Christian Engelhart and Andrea Caldarelli. Bortolotti and Engelhart will compete in the Sprint Cup together in the #63 Lamborghini while Caldarelli will share the #19 Lamborghini with Ezequiel Perez Companc. The French Akka ASP will run Mercedes-AMG GT3 machines.

In addition to Audis, Huracans and Mercs, the other GT3 machines on the grid are Ferrari 488 GT3, Lexus RC F GT3, BMW M6 GT3, Bentley Continental GT3 and Lamborghini Gallardo R-EX.

2018 Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup entry list

1Belgian Audi Club Team WRTAudi R8 LMSAlex Riberas, Christopher Mies
2Belgian Audi Club Team WRTAudi R8 LMSWill Stevens, Dries Vanthoor
3Team WRTAudi R8 LMSGilles Magnus, Alessio Picariello
17Team WRTAudi R8 LMSRobin Frijns, Stuart Leonard
11Kessel RacingFerrari 488 GT3Michael Broniszewski, Giacomo Piccini
39TP 12 - Kessel RacingFerrari 488 GT3Piti Bhirombhakdi, Carlo Van Dam
14Emil Frey Lexus RacingLexus RC F GT3Christian Klien, Albert Costa
114Emil Frey Lexus RacingLexus RC F GT3Stephane Ortelli, Norbert Siedler
15Boutsen Ginion RacingLamborghini Gallardo R-EXClaude-Yves Gosselin, Pierre Feligioni
19GRT Grasser Racing TeamLamborghini Huracan GT3Andrea Caldarelli, Ezequiel Perez Companc
63GRT Grasser Racing TeamLamborghini Huracan GT3Mirko Bortolotti, Christian Engelhart
82GRT Grasser Racing TeamLamborghini Huracan GT3Loris Hezemans, Franck Perera
25Sainteloc RacingAudi R8 LMSSimon Gachet, Christopher Haase
26Sainteloc RacingAudi R8 LMSNyls Stievenart, Markus Winkelhock
31Team Parker RacingBentley Continental GT3Aron Taylor Smith, Josh Caygill
373Y TechnologyBMW M6 GT3Luks Moraes, Andrew Watson
55Attempto RacingAudi R8 LMSSteijn Schothorst, Kelvin Van Der Linde
66Attempto RacingAudi R8 LMSPieter Schothorst, Pierre Kaffer
35SMP Racing by Akka ASPMercedes-AMG GT3Vladimir Atoev, Alexey Korneev
87Akka ASP TeamMercedes-AMG GT3Nicolas Jamin, Felix Serralles
88Akka ASP TeamMercedes-AMG GT3Raffaele Marciello, Michael Meadows
90Akka ASP TeamMercedes-AMG GT3Jack Manchester, Nico Bastian

Photos: Dirk Bogaerts Photography,

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