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Misano Blancpain Sprint Entry Grows to 40 Cars

Record entry list for Blancpain GT Sprint Cup for Italy…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

No fewer than 40 cars will take part in the season opener of the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup at Misano next weekend, as an additional two cars have joined the field.

A total of 26 cars are entered in the Pro Cup, against six in the Pro-Am Cup, five in Silver Cup and three in Am Cup.

ENTRY LIST: Blancpain Sprint Cup Misano

ISR has added an extra Pro Cup Audi R8 LMS GT3 car for Franck Perera and Marlon Stockinger, while X-Bionic Racing Team brings the total number of Lamborghini Huracán GT3s up to seven.

The Swiss team is new to the Blancpain series and has entered the car in the Am Cup for Bronze drivers Cédric Leimer and Laurent Jenny.

As hinted by Sportscar365, Nick Catsburg joins fellow countryman Stef Dusseldorp on the No. 98 ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3 at Misano.

The lineup on Attempto Racing’s third Lamborghini Huracán GT3 is now also confirmed, with Davide Valsecchi and Jack Falla set to take part in the Pro-Am Cup.

While Boutsen Ginion’s one-off Red Devils project with Marc Goossens and Maxime Martin has been canceled, the BMW M6 GT3 is still featured on the entry list with Martin and a yet-to-be confirmed second driver.

The second Garage 59 McLaren 650S GT3 still has no drivers listed, while it’s also not clear yet which Audi factory driver will join Maserati Trofeo World Series champion Romain Monti in the second Saintéloc Racing Audi R8 LMS.

The lineups for the three Mercedes-AMG GT3s entered by HTP Motorsport were also confirmed.

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



  1. Christopher

    March 31, 2016 at 10:40 am

    I’m very surprised to see only one Porsche 911 GT3R on the entry list. I wonder how many will be entered for the Endurance races?

  2. Jorrit

    March 31, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Hope Max Martin gets a good co-driver next to him if they will enter the event eventually.

  3. FlyingLobster27

    March 31, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    I know grid counts for the Sprint Series were on the low side last year, but 40 cars sounds like too many for a one-hour race. It might be hard to follow – and even in 3-hour races, I’ve been caught thinking “where did that car come from?”, usually referring to the von Ryan McLaren after a round of pit stops! It’s definitely a challenge for the drivers, but cue lots of incidents and Safety Cars? And it could be pandemonium in the pits with so many cars having to stop in the space of 10 minutes. 25-30 is a decent size grid for this format, and we have 26 Pro entries, so if we had just them, it would be mouth-watering. But let’s wait and see…

  4. rennsport4.4tV8

    March 31, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Looks good. I am not surprised but a little annoyed that everyone and their cousin are driving R8s though.

    Also that other guy has it right. With that many cars you might as well make the Sprint league pro only, but that could thin it out again.

    Either way I’m excited for the season to start.

  5. DS

    March 31, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    I say the more the merrier. I was in a 28 minute race this past year that had 78 cars spread over 6 classes! It was insane, but the best race I’ve ever been in. I don’t think I’ve ever seen “too many” cars for a race. Even 98 at Dubai this year wasn’t too many IMHO. But I guess I’m the quantity over quality sort of guy

  6. Robert

    March 31, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Even on a faster track of similar length, with fewer compression zones, this many cars can be a bit challenging. I’m just not sure that Misano is the right track for the event with this large an entry.

    Mugello seems like a better idea. Even Vallelunga would be an improvement, in so much as, it has fewer really slow corners and heavy braking zones than Misano does now. So, Vallelunga has less scope for incidents caused by the accordion effect. Also, its more sweeping corners provide better scope for multiple lines, as well as a wider, usable racing line.

    Remember that little kink at Turn 7 at Misano, where Vanthoor had all that trouble last year?

    • gtgianlu

      March 31, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      Out of Monza,Mugello is the only other italian track which can host a grid like this.Vallelunga did in the Gt Open years ago,but has only one clear spot where try to overtake,at the Cimmini brake zone.Imola has one too,at the Tamburello,and perhaps at the Rivazza1,but they aren’t very wide

      • Robert

        March 31, 2016 at 7:25 pm

        Vallelunga has Cimini, Campagnano, and for the opportunistic, possibly Soratte as well. Also, if you can get inside a guy on the run to Curva Grande, he’s just about going to have to give it up.

        The trouble at Imola is more that it just meanders around, which would be fine, except that those abrupt chicanes break up the rhythm, so it’s hell trying to set a guy up apart from going past the pits, or maybe from Tosa up and over, through Piratella, and down the hill into Acque Minerale.

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