The 2015 season came to a glamorous end in London last night, when the SRO Awards Ceremony at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square celebrated the champions of the series promoted by the SRO Motorsports Group.
Attended by 380 persons from all the series and championships organized and promoted by the SRO Motorsports Group, the annual awards ceremony was once again an excellent opportunity to put this year’s performances in a well-deserved spotlight.
The champions of the Blancpain GT Series were in attendance to collect their trophies.
With the overall Blancpain GT Series drivers’ title going to series rookie Robin Frijns, the overall endurance drivers’ title went to Nissan trio Alex Buncombe, Katsumasa Chiyo and the overall sprint drivers’ title to Bentley Boys Maxi Buhk and Vincent Abril.
The outcome of both championships was only decided in the final corner of the final lap of the final race, and all champions were suitably honoured with a big round of applause.
As has been the case during the previous awards ceremonies, representatives of the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT made frequent visits to the stage, this time to collect the teams’ cups in the overall standings of the Blancpain GT Series, Blancpain Endurance Series and Blancpain Sprint Series.
More prestigious car brands were represented by the winners of the Pro-Am Categories: Matt Griffin and Duncan Cameron drove their AF Corse Ferrari to the title in the Blancpain Endurance Series, while Alexey Karachev took the sprint Pro-Am title at the wheel of his GT Russian Mercedes. Both performances gave their respective teams the teams’ title in their class.
The title in the Blancpain Endurance Series Am Cup was the subject of a nail-biting finish as well, with Ian Loggie and Julian Westwood claiming top spot with their Team Parker Audi after the final round at the Nürburgring. The teams’ title went to French Ferrari-squad Akka ASP.
In the Blancpain Sprint Series Silver Cup Dutch youngster Jules Szymkowiak helped his Bentley HTP squad to the teams’ title, while taking the drivers crown himself.
The inaugural champions of the GT Sports Club were honored as well, with Max Bianchi and Martin Lanting taking the Overall and Iron Cup titles respectively.
With the 2015 season now over, the SRO Motorsports Group turns its attention to 2016, for the third season of the Blancpain GT Series, the second of the GT Sports Club and Ultracar Sports Club, and the inaugural year of a new intercontinental GT championship, covering races over four continents.
The first race of this new challenge is the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, on Feb. 5-7. Blancpain GT Series action starts with the official test days at Le Castellet, on March 8-10.