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60 Entries for Blancpain Endurance at Monza

Sixty GT3s for Blancpain Endurance opener at Monza…

Photo: Vincent Wouters

Photo: Vincent Wouters

Sixty cars are set to take part in the opening round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Monza in two weeks’ time.

ENTRY LIST: Monza

Despite a clash with the FIA WEC and ELMS-opener at Silverstone, the biggest GT3 series in the world doesn’t suffer one bit when it comes to quantity and quality of teams, cars and drivers.

After having on average 40 cars on the grid last year, the series has bounced back to what promises to be its best season yet, with an impressive 24-car strong entry in the Pro Cup.

Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, McLaren and Nissan all have factory involvement in the top class, with Audi represented by no less than seven R8s, two of them being second generation (WRT & Phoenix).

The exact composition of the crews on both Von Ryan McLarens has now been confirmed, with Rob Bell, Kevin Estre and Shane van Gisbergen sharing the No. 58 650S and Alvaro Parente, Bruno Senna and Adrian Quaife Hobbs behind the helm of the No. 59 car.

The Pro Cup entered Attempto Racing McLaren 650S GT3 still doesn’t feature any drivers, while the second ISR Racing Audi is also looking for two drivers to join Anders Fjordbach in the No. 74 R8.

Dutch Formula 3-racer Indy Dontje and Mercedes DTM driver Daniel Juncadella are set to race the second ROWE Racing Mercedes, with a third yet to be announced driver.

French team Sainteloc Racing has returned to the series, with one of its two Audis entered in the Pro Cup, though without a lineup for now.

Starting this season, the Blancpain Endurance Series now offers a substantial amount of prize money at each round, 100,000 Euros will distributed over the three classes, with 60,000 Euros reserved for the Pro Cup and the remaining 40,000 evenly split between the Pro-Am Cup and Am Cup.

Vincent Wouters (@VinceWouters) is a Belgium-based sports car racing reporter, providing coverage primarily of the Blancpain GT Series.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Tarek R.

    April 1, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    World class entry list. Dear American friends, do yourself a favour and catch the Blancpain GT Series action or at least the Endurance one.

    • Mike

      April 1, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      Well there isn’t a pure GT3 or GT endurance series here. Could Pirelli do both a Sprint as they do now and a lets say 4-6 race Endurance series model that is separate so that teams that can afford it can have cars in both? I think it is time for a GT endurance series here. Just a thought and idea

      • Anthony Thomas (@djfourmoney)

        April 3, 2015 at 1:28 pm

        The reason we don’t have a pure GT series is because of a few factors –

        1) PWC wanted inflated grid numbers and what better way than to tell people you have a chance with a spec series? They never tell these people that cream rises to the top regardless if it’s spec racing or not.

        2) Ratel and Europeans in general are sophisticated and have had their fill of spec racing and see it regularly (Porsche Supercup); GT-3 regulations are clean break from that by not requiring much in terms of regulations.

        The cars balanced to the mean so while the Nissan GTR for example has likely the highest top speed (meaning more power) it suffers in change of direction because of its overall weight.

        All the cars are about equal in terms of cornering power because downforce is very high on these cars. Look at the GTR flying video, the entire underside of a GT3 car is sealed and there no hard rules with diffuers and the rear can be no wider than the door mirrors.

        In other words these things are blast to drive, ask Johnny O how much MORE he likes the GT3 version of the Caddy than the previous PWC version.

        The PWC as more power but less tire, less aero and less downforce.

        So not he can drive the car hard and not have slide the car to get lap speed.

        Trust me he enjoys it…

    • Ko I

      April 2, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      Absolutely! I try to catch them all!

  2. gtgianlu

    April 2, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Mr Wouters,please,can you release the Sro updated Bop table?Thanks a lot

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