The final of the Blancpain GT Series Europe and the Blancpain GT Sports Club was held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on October 1st. This last European venue of the year hosted other renowned competitions and the number of cars competing had never been so high, with a record-breaking 168 vehicles.
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After a solid performance and despite their third position after three hours of racing in Barcelona, Mirko Bortolotti and Christian Engelhart from the Grasser Racing Team #63 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 were crowned the new 2017 Blancpain GT Series 2017 champions. Together with Andrea Caldarelli, they also took the driver’s Endurance Cup.
The winners of the last round of the 2017 Blancpain GT Series season in Barcelona were Felix Serralles, Tristan Vautier and Dani Juncadella of the AKKA ASP #88 Mercedes-AMG GT3 team, which narrowly beat the Team WRT #17 Audi R8 LMS.
Grasser Racing Team took the Blancpain GT Series team title in their Lamborghini Huracán GT3, while Bentley Team M-Sport claimed the Endurance Cup team’s title, a consolation for the trio Andy Soucek, Maxime Soulet and Vincent Abril. The latter had managed to gain a dozen positions in the opening stint, but halfway through the race and after a three-way fight with a BMW and a Jaguar, the Bentley gearbox was damaged and the driver had to park the car, thus putting an end to any hopes of winning the championship.
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Although Anthony Pons, of the AKKA ASP #72 Mercedes-AMG GT3 team had already wrapped up the overall championship title during the previous round in Budapest, that did not prevent him fighting to the end and winning the qualifying race on Saturday.
Despite his second spot in the qualifying race, Stephen Earle, of Kessel Racing #111 Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 became the new Iron Cup (60 years plus category) champion of the Blancpain GT Sports Club season.
Due to torrential rain on Sunday during the main race, organizers were forced to cut the latter short. After a few laps behind the safety car, with several vehicles having slithered off the track, weather conditions were deemed unsafe to complete the race. In accordance with sporting regulations, no points were awarded given that the official race result was issued after one lap.
Blancpain and the world of Motorsport
Over the past nine years, Blancpain has emerged as a pre-eminent force in the field of motorsport and established a leading profile among automobile manufacturers, drivers and spectators. The watch Manufacture has become an international benchmark in GT racing through its partnerships such as the Blancpain GT Series Europe (comprising the Blancpain Endurance Series and the Blancpain Sprint Series), the Blancpain GT Series Asia, the Blancpain Sports Club, and the British GT Championship. Watchmaking and automotive mechanics thus meet and mingle, as Blancpain also serves as official race timekeeper.
The last round of the Blancpain GT Series Asia will take place from October 13th to 15th on the Zheijang circuit in China, which marks the closing of the 2017 Blancpain Motorsport season.
All the winners of the 2017 Blancpain GT Series Championships will travel to Paris on Friday November 24th for the official prize-giving ceremony. They will also be officially presented with an L-evolution Flyback Chronograph watch specially engraved for this occasion.