Close racing with equally-matched prestige cars
The Blancpain GT Series is the premier European motorsport competition for GT (which stands for ‘grand touring’) racing. It features large and varied grids filled with race versions of supercar models from many of the world’s most prestigious manufacturers, all fitted with Pirelli tyres. The championship was born in 2011 with the first GT Series Endurance Cup, then, in 2014 the Sprint Cup was added and the championship took the actual form.
Competing cars must comply with a set of regulations called GT3, which are intended to encourage cost-effective involvement from manufacturers. Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren and Mercedes are among those represented, all with cars derived from their own road-going models. In total, 15 brands are involved with 28 different car models having been launched up to now.
The Blancpain GT Sports Club is an international challenge between the best street supercars in the world, from the A of Audi R8, to the P of Porche 911 GT3, passing obviously from Ferrari 488, the Lamborghini Gallardo and much more.
The racing teams represented in 2018 Blancpain GT are Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and San Marino, with their respective drivers coming from all over the world.
The series features a Balance of Performance system that equalises the different cars to ensure all have the chance to be competitive against one another. This system, which has been key to the worldwide success of GT racing, was devised by the SRO Motorsports Group that organizes and promotes the championship with the support of the title sponsor, Swiss watch manufacturer Blancpain. SRO was founded by Frenchman Stéphane Ratel, whose interview you will read elsewhere on these pages.