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Blancpain GT Planning Hungaroring Return in 2017

Blancpain GT Sprint Cup poised to return to Hungaroring next year…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

The Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup is “most likely” to return to the Hungaroring next year as the final to-be-announced event, according to SRO Motorsports Group boss Stephane Ratel.

The provisional 2017 calendar, released in July, listed an August event, either to be held at the Hungaroring or Red Bull Ring.

“We’re most likely going back to Hungaroring,” Ratel told Sportscar365. “It’s a nice place; the city of Budapest is great and the city is very close to the track. There are some spectators, so it’s a good place.”

The Sprint Cup debuted at the home of the Hungarian Grand Prix in August, as part of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship weekend, marking the return of a SRO-run championship to the circuit for the first time in nearly 20 years.

Ratel said the final date for the likely return visit has still yet to be determined.

“We’re still working on two options: either a standalone, or we go back with trucks,” he said. “With trucks, you have a lot of attendance.”

The 2017 schedule will again feature ten rounds, with the Barcelona and Nürburgring rounds swapping to have the Spanish circuit take over as the season-ending round for the Endurance Cup and overall championship in October.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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