As the dust settles after the season opener at Monza, the Blancpain GT Series head to Nogaro this weekend for the first 60-minute sprint races of the year.
While 22 cars were originally confirmed, that number has now dropped to 20 with the absence of the Novadriver Audi R8 LMS ultra and the JMB Racing Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 that also wasn’t present at Monza last weekend.
Entry List: Nogaro
Additional cars are expected at each round on a race-by-race basis, as Stéphane Ratel confirmed to Sportscar365 that the target is still to get 25 cars on the grid.
Three cars have switched classes. Grasser Racing Team will now compete with both its Lamborghinis in the top class, as Sascha Halek is now joined by Lamborghini ace Tomas Enge, while the ROAL Motorsport BMW Z4 GT3 of Stefano Colombo and David Fumanelli was moved back to the Silver Cup, as was originally the case.
The lineups in both Bhaitech McLarens were also confirmed. Platinum-rated Giorgio Pantano teams up with former GP2-racer and AF Corse driver Fabio Ondini, while Estonian Sten Pentus makes the switch from single-seaters with 22-year-old Brit Daniel Lloyd as his teammate.
Roman Rusinov won’t be traveling between Silverstone and Nogaro this weekend, as the Russian will solely focus on the FIA WEC. His seat in the WRT-run G-Drive Racing Audi is filled by Gregory Guilvert, who once again teams up with Stéphane Ortelli with whom he finished second in Monza for Sainteloc Racing last weekend.
Maximilian Buhk’s teammate is yet to be confirmed on the No. 84 HTP Motorsport Mercedes SLS AMG GT3, as are the second drivers next to Armaan Ebrahim and Miguel Toril on both Fortec Mercedes’ entered in the Silver Cup.