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SRO Pre-Selects 26 Pro Entries for Endurance Cup

26 pre-selected Pro entries for Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup chosen…

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Twenty-six entries for the Pro class of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup have been pre-selected ahead of the season.

SRO Motorsports Group released the list of accepted entries on Tuesday, after announcing last year it would limit numbers in the top category in order to have an increased focus on Pro-Am, Am and Silver Cup entries.

A record number of 11 GT3 manufacturers are represented, including the series debut of the Lexus RC F GT3 and new models from Bentley and Nissan.

The grid cap will be in place for the Monza, Silverstone, Paul Ricard and Barcelona rounds, with an exception for the Total 24 Hours of Spa which couples as the second round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge.

Furthermore, any team fielding an additional Pro car at Spa will also be able to run it in the six-hour race at Paul Ricard on June 1-2.

“I am pleased to announce our pre-selection of 26 Pro entries for the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup,” said SRO founder and CEO Stephane Ratel. “We made a firm commitment to this limit and I am glad to say that we are standing by our word.

“While it would have been possible to exceed this number in the Endurance Cup, it was more important to show our renewed commitment to Pro-Am racing.

“I have been involved with all-Pro championships before, which strengthens my belief in maintaining a balance between professional and non-professional drivers.

“I was pleased to hear the positive response we received when the cap was first revealed last year. I hope that there will be a similar reaction now that we have demonstrated the strength of our commitment.”

The full-season entry process will remain open until Feb. 28.

2018 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Pre-Selected Pro Entries:

AF Corse – Ferrari 488 GT3
Attempto Racing – Lamborghini Huracan GT3
SMP Racing by AKKA ASP – Mercedes-AMG GT3
Auto Sport Promotion AKKA – Mercedes-AMG GT3
Belgian Audi Club Team WRT – Audi R8 LMS GT3
Belgian Audi Club Team WRT – Audi R8 LMS GT3
Bentley Team M-Sport – Bentley Continental GT3
Bentley Team M-Sport – Bentley Continental GT3
Black Falcon – Mercedes-AMG GT3
Emil Frey Racing – Lexus RC F GT3
Emil Frey Racing – Lexus RC F GT3
Garage 59 – McLaren 650S GT3
Grasser Racing Team – Lamborghini Huracan GT3
Grasser Racing Team – Lamborghini Huracan GT3
Grasser Racing Team – Lamborghini Huracan GT3
R-Motorsport – Aston Martin Vantage GT3
R-Motorsport – Aston Martin Vantage GT3
Manthey Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 R
RJN Motorsport – Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3
ROWE Racing – BMW M6 GT3
ROWE Racing – BMW M6 GT3
Sainteloc Racing – Audi R8 LMS GT3
Sainteloc Racing – Audi R8 LMS GT3
Strakka Racing – Mercedes-AMG GT3
Strakka Racing – Mercedes-AMG GT3
Team Lazarus – Lamborghini Huracan GT3

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14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Barber

    February 20, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Only missing Honda and Callaway Corvette.

    • Tom

      February 27, 2018 at 4:23 pm

      Unfortunately Callaway have a Title winning car but not endless supplies of cash like the rest of the BES teams. But Honda AND Corvette will be in ADAC. Seems like a more diverse grid than BES.

  2. Binky

    February 20, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Wow, no HTP Pro entry at all?

    • jason

      February 20, 2018 at 2:55 pm

      I think they are just going to be a customer team between GT3 and GT4 Mercs. Such as their alliance with Winward in CTSCC. Strakka is taking over the all pro efforts along with AKKA ASP.

      • Binky

        February 20, 2018 at 3:49 pm

        Yes, Mercedes is not lacking representation on this list, but it’s still odd that the 2nd most successful GT3 team around would downsize so dramatically this year.

        • tracer

          February 20, 2018 at 8:25 pm

          Definitely a surprise for me too.

        • Anthony B Thomas

          March 5, 2018 at 5:55 pm

          I wouldn’t call it downsizing just a change in priorities for Benz Customer Racing.

          AKKA is more than capable of winning races and a championship as shown last season both in Sprint and Endurance, especially at Spa.

          The jury is still out on Strakka. Though with a easier to setup and more reliable car than last year should improve things and maybe they can get back to the level they were at when they beat one of the best Acura teams straight up at Le Mans.

  3. Matt

    February 20, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    That is a sexy list!

  4. therandomguy

    February 20, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Good list. But hope this gamble increases more pro-am and am into Blancplain GT. Do firmly believe SRO have not done enough rules and regulations to help the other two to increase numbers. But time will tell!

    • Anthony B Thomas

      March 5, 2018 at 5:58 pm

      What exactly do you want them do to do?

      I never understood this mindset from some fans, the problem with Pro-Am is the Am part. If a team owner is serious he does a gong show type of event to find to best unaccomplished drivers.

      If are just concerned about money you take any rich dudes money and let the chips fall where they may.

      There isn’t much more SRO can do other than making the entire championship Pro Am where you would end up with GT Open.

  5. gtgianlu

    February 20, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Mind,there will be the Silver Cup too,which will includes semi pro entries

  6. Jakes

    February 21, 2018 at 8:57 am

    I was not aware it was extended to the endurance cup this year last year it was not My apologies

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