The third round of the Blancpain Endurance Series, to be held at Paul Ricard on June 28, will see a number of changes compared to the previous round at Silverstone.
Four days before the start of the first practice session, SRO has announced a 42-car strong entry for the night race on the French Riviera.
ENTRY LIST: Paul Ricard
Reiter Engineering was set to debut the Camaro GT3 in the series at Paul Ricard, after withdrawing the car for the opening round at Monza, but eventually the team decided not to enter the French round at all.
As previously announced, Nicolas Lapierre will replace Alexandre Premat in the No. 98 ART Grand Prix McLaren MP4-12C GT3, joining the team’s regular drivers Alvaro Parente and Grégoire Demoustier. In the No. 16 Boutsen Ginion McLaren Chris van der Drift will replace Phil Quaife.
Belgian Audi Club Team WRT will bring an extra Audi R8 LMS ultra in addition to its three regular entries. Stéphane Pourquie, Harry Teneketzian and Grégoire Chaix will be behind the wheel of the No. 2 Audi, which will be competing in the Gentlemen Trophy.
Another newcomer in the Gentlemen Trophy will be the No. 91 Scuderia Villorba Corse Ferrari 458 Italia. The second Ferrari for the Italian team will be driven by Cedric Mezard and François Perrodo, an FIA World Endurance Championship regular with ProSpeed Competition.
French GT ‘Coupe de France’ class winners Duqueine Engineering will enter a Ferrari 458 Italia in the Gentlemen Trophy. Team owner and driver Gilles Duqueine will race the No. 350 Ferrari alongside Leonardo Gorini and Paul Lanchere.
There are no major changes in rest of the field, with 12 cars in the Pro Cup again, where Buhk returns to the No. 84 HTP Motorsport Mercedes SLS AMG GT3. The Pro-Am Cup will feature 19 cars and with the additional cars there will be 11 cars fighting for the Gentlemen Trophy class win.
The weekend in France will begin with the Bronze Test on Friday morning 9 a.m. CET (3 a.m. ET). Qualifying for the race will take place on Saturday June 28, 11.20 a.m. (5.20 am ET), while the race will start Saturday evening at 7.45 (1.45 p.m. CT) and will finish at night.