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Local Teams Bolster Silverstone Blancpain Endurance Grid

Five British teams join Blancpain Endurance Series grid for Silverstone…

Photo: VIMAGES/Fabre

Photo: VIMAGES/Fabre

The second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series, held at Silverstone in 10 days’ time, sees the arrival of five local British teams to bring up the total number of entries well into the forties. (En Français)

As previously announced, Generation Bentley will field their brand-new Continental GT3 for 2012 British GT4 champion Jody Fannin and the team’s regular drivers Steve Tandy and James Appleby.

Alongside their entry in the Spa 24, Beechdean AMR makes another guest appearance in the series with Andrew Howard, Daniel Llyod and Alex MacDowall behind the wheel of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3.

The Vantage GT3 is proving to be a very popular car among the British team, as both Leonard Motorsport AMR and Horse Power Racing have also put their trust in the Prodrive-developed car, with the latter one fielding a car for Paul Bailey and Andy Schulz in the Gentlemen Trophy.

Leonard Motorsport only came into existence at the beginning of the season to compete in the VLN series on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. At Silverstone, regular drivers Stuart Leonard, Paul White will be joined by AMR factory driver Jonny Adam.

Despite announcing on planning to enter a car and having won the race last year with Fred Mako, Darren Turner and Stefan Mücke, AMR will not line up a factory car in the Pro Cup this time.

Triple 888 Racing will bring an extra BMW Z4 GT3 to grid, to be driven by Lee Mowle, Ryan Ratcliffe and Derek Johnston in the Gentlemen Trophy.

The rest of the field shouldn’t see any major changes, with the Pro Cup boasting 12 cars and ART GP (McLaren), WRT & Saintéloc Racing (Audi), M-Sport (Bentley) and HTP Motorsport (Mercedes) as the main favorites.

After making a guest start at Monza, Reiter Engineering won’t return to the series for the second round, instead focusing on their double entry in the German ADAC GT Masters at the Lauzitsring during the same weekend.

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

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