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Blancpain Endurance Series

Blancpain Endurance Series
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Category Grand tourer
Endurance racing
Country Europe
Inaugural season 2011
Tyre suppliers Michelin (2011-2012)
Pirelli (2013-)
Drivers' champion 23x15px Laurens Vanthoor
Teams' champion Belgian Audi Club Team WRT
Official website www.blancpain-endurance-series.com
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Presentation of the inaugural 2011 Blancpain Endurance Series season

The Blancpain Endurance Series is a sports car racing series developed by the SRO Group and the Royal Automobile Club of Belgium (RACB) with approval from the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). It features grand tourer racing cars modified from production road cars complying with the FIA's GT3 regulations. The series's goal is to be an endurance racing championship for GT3 cars, similar to the European Le Mans Series which uses GTE cars and Le Mans Prototypes. The series is primarily sponsored by Swiss watchmaker Blancpain, and the company's Lamborghini Super Trofeo series serves as support races.

Format

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Audi R8 LMS during Blancpain Endurance Series season

The Blancpain Endurance Series reestablishes several elements of the former FIA GT Championship, with three hour endurance races held on European circuits such at Monza and Silverstone, as well as a continuation of the Spa 24 Hours. The races feature five classes derived from the FIA's GT3, GT4, and Supersport regulations, with the GT3 cars divided into a class for professional driver line-ups (GT3 Pro), a class for a mixed team of professional and amateurs (GT3 Pro-Am), and a class for gentleman drivers who use cars at least one year old (Gentlemen). The FIA's ranking system for drivers is utilized in determining what class each entry is eligible for. The GT4 category remained its own class.[1]

For the 2012 season, the GT4 and Supersport category were dropped and the GT3 Citation class was modified into the Gentlemen class.[2] In 2013, grids have reached 60 cars for regular races.

The series uses extensive performance balancing and handicap weights to equalize the cars' performance.

Champions

Drivers

Year GT3 Pro GT3 Pro/Am GT3 Gentlemen GT4
2011 23x15px Greg Franchi 23x15px Louis Machiels
23x15px Niek Hommerson
23x15px Georges Cabannes 23x15px Alex Buncombe
23x15px Jordan Tresson
23x15px Christopher Ward
2012 23x15px Christopher Haase
23x15px Stéphane Ortelli
23x15px Christopher Mies
23x15px Louis Machiels
23x15px Niek Hommerson
23x15px Robert Hissom
23x16px Pierre Hirschi
not held
(discontinued)
2013 23x15px Maximilian Buhk 23x15px Lucas Ordóñez 23x15px Jean-Luc Beaubélique
23x15px Patrice Goueslard
23x15px Jean-Luc Blanchemain
2014 23x15px Laurens Vanthoor 23x15px Andrea Rizzoli
23x15px Stefano Gai
23x15px Peter Mann
23x15px Francisco Guedes

Teams

Year GT3 Pro GT3 Pro/Am GT3 Gentlemen GT4
2011 23x15px Belgian Audi Club 23x15px Vita4One 23x15px Ruffier Racing 23x15px RJN Motorsport
2012 23x15px Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 23x15px AF Corse 23x15px Sainteloc Racing not held
(discontinued)
2013 23x15px Marc VDS Racing Team 23x15px Nissan GT Academy Team RJN 23x15px SOFREV Auto Sport Promotion
2014 23x15px Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 23x15px Scuderia Villorba Corse 23x15px AF Corse

See also

References

  1. ^ "The new GT Endurance Series in detail!". planetlemans.com. 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2010-11-03. 
  2. ^ "2012 Blancpain Endurance Series Presentation (english)". SRO. 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 

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