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Paul Ricard Weekend Notebook

Jake Kilshaw’s weekend notebook from the Blancpain GT race at Circuit Paul Ricard…

Photo: SRO/Dirk Bogaerts

***Several driver lineup changes have been made since the release of the entry list, but the field remains at 51 cars. ROWE Racing has made further alterations to its two-car entry, with Chaz Mostert and Jesse Krohn swapping places in the pair of BMW M6 GT3s.

***Kim-Luis Schraam has replaced Nicolas Pohler at Attempto Racing while Mike Hansch is in for Dimitri Parhofer at Car Collection Motorsport.

***Luca Ludwig has become the third driver to partner Rinat Salikhov and Alexander Mattschull in the No. 333 Rinaldi Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 after Dominik Schwager and Daniel Keilwitz drove at Monza and Silverstone, respectively.

***Daiko Lazarus Racing will face a ten-place grid drop with its No. 28 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 as Arno Santamanto has accrued four Behavior Warning Points. He shares the Silver Cup entry with Stefano Gattuso and Federico Leo.

***Strakka Racing’s No. 42 Mercedes-AMG GT3 has been moved to the back of the grid for an engine change following Pre-Qualifying. The car is driven by Chris Buncombe, Nick Leventis and Lewis Williamson.

***Further information regarding R-Motorsport’s win at Silverstone two weeks ago is yet to be released. The team is appealing the penalty it was given following qualifying and could lose its maiden race win if the appeal hearing, which is likely to take place in the coming weeks, is unsuccessful.

***This weekend’s race has moved forward three weeks from its traditional spot in late June, owing to the Formula 1 French Grand Prix taking that weekend. The Misano Sprint Cup round will therefore take place on June 22-24.

***The Sean Edwards Foundation has announced its Milan to Monaco Challenge Bike Ride, a 249-mile route to be contested on May 17-22, 2019, across three countries. The event aims to raise awareness of the foundation which was set up to promote motorsport safety after the death of Sean Edwards in 2013.

***The minimum refuelling pit stop time for today’s race will be 72 seconds from pit in to pit out.

***Alex Riberas and Christopher Mies lead the overall Blancpain GT standings with three points more than Endurance Cup co-driver Dries Vanthoor, while the three drivers are tied at the top of the Endurance standings.

***The race will get underway at 5:45 p.m. local time and will last for six hours or 1000 km, into the darkness. It can be streamed live on the series’ website and GT World YouTube channel. 

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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