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.