Presentation of the inaugural 2011 Blancpain Endurance Series season

The GT World Challenge Endurance Cup, formerly for sponsorship reasons the Blancpain Endurance Series from 2011 to 2015 and Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup from 2016 to 2019, is a sports car racing series developed by the SRO Group and the Royal Automobile Club of Belgium (RACB) with approval from the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). It features grand tourer racing cars modified from production road cars complying with the FIA's GT3 regulations. The series's goal is to be an endurance racing championship for GT3 cars, similar to the European Le Mans Series which uses GTE cars and Le Mans Prototypes. The series was primarily sponsored by Swiss watchmaker Blancpain, and the company's Lamborghini Super Trofeo series serve as support races. In 2019, SRO announced that their sponsorship deal with Blancpain had been discontinued and the series was renamed the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup for the 2020 season.

Format

Audi R8 LMS during Blancpain Endurance Series season

The Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup reestablishes several elements of the former FIA GT Championship, with three hour endurance races held on European circuits such as Monza and Silverstone, as well as a continuation of the Spa 24 Hours. The races feature five classes derived from the FIA's GT3, GT4, and Supersport regulations, with the GT3 cars divided into a class for professional driver line-ups (GT3 Pro), a class for a mixed team of professional and amateurs (GT3 Pro-Am), and a class for gentleman drivers who use cars at least one year old (GT3 Am). The FIA's ranking system for drivers is utilized in determining what class each entry is eligible for. The GT4 category remained its own class.[1]

For the 2012 season, the GT4 and Supersport category were dropped and the GT3 Citation class was modified into the Gentlemen class.[2] In 2013, grids have reached 60 cars for regular races.

The series uses extensive performance balancing and handicap weights to equalise the cars' performance.

Champions

Drivers

Year Pro Cup (2011–2015)
Overall (2016–)
Silver Cup Pro-Am Cup Gentlemen Trophy (2011–2014)
Am Cup (2015–)
GT4
2011 Belgium Greg Franchi Not held Netherlands Niek Hommerson
Belgium Louis Machiels
France Georges Cabannes United Kingdom Alex Buncombe
France Jordan Tresson
United Kingdom Christopher Ward
2012 Germany Christopher Haase
Germany Christopher Mies
Monaco Stéphane Ortelli
Netherlands Niek Hommerson
Belgium Louis Machiels
Switzerland Pierre Hirschi
United Kingdom Robert Hissom
Not held
(discontinued)
2013 Germany Maximilian Buhk Spain Lucas Ordóñez France Jean-Luc Beaubelique
France Jean-Luc Blanchemain
France Patrice Goueslard
2014 Belgium Laurens Vanthoor Italy Stefano Gai
Italy Andrea Rizzoli
Portugal Francisco Guedes
United Kingdom Peter Mann
2015 United Kingdom Alex Buncombe
Japan Katsumasa Chiyo
Belgium Wolfgang Reip
United Kingdom Duncan Cameron
Republic of Ireland Matt Griffin
United Kingdom Ian Loggie
United Kingdom Julian Westwood
2016 United Kingdom Rob Bell
France Côme Ledogar
New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen
Italy Alessandro Bonacini
Poland Michał Broniszewski
Italy Andrea Rizzoli
Russia Vadim Gitlin
Australia Liam Talbot
Italy Marco Zanuttini
2017 Italy Mirko Bortolotti
Italy Andrea Caldarelli
Germany Christian Engelhart
United Kingdom Jonathan Adam
Oman Ahmad Al Harthy
Belgium Jacques Duyver
South Africa David Perel
Italy Marco Zanuttini
2018 Netherlands Yelmer Buurman
Germany Maro Engel
Germany Luca Stolz
Switzerland Alex Fontana
Canada Mikaël Grenier
Switzerland Adrian Zaugg
United Kingdom Chris Buncombe
United Kingdom Nick Leventis
United Kingdom Lewis Williamson
Switzerland Adrian Amstutz
Russia Leo Machitski
2019 Italy Andrea Caldarelli
Italy Marco Mapelli
Germany Nico Bastian
Russia Timur Boguslavskiy
Brazil Felipe Fraga
Oman Ahmad Al Harthy
Republic of Ireland Charlie Eastwood
Turkey Salih Yoluç
Switzerland Adrian Amstutz
Russia Leo Machitski

Teams

Year Pro Cup (2011–2015)
Overall (2016–)
Silver Cup Pro-Am Cup Gentlemen Trophy (2011–2014)
Am Cup (2015–)
GT4
2011 Belgium Belgian Audi Club Not held Germany Vita4One France Ruffier Racing United Kingdom RJN Motorsport
2012 Belgium Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Italy AF Corse France Sainteloc Racing Not held
(discontinued)
2013 Belgium Marc VDS Racing Team United Kingdom Nissan GT Academy Team RJN France SOFREV Auto Sport Promotion
2014 Belgium Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Italy Scuderia Villorba Corse Italy AF Corse
2015 Belgium Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Italy AF Corse France AKKA ASP
2016 United Kingdom Garage 59 Switzerland Kessel Racing Switzerland Kessel Racing
2017 United Kingdom Bentley Team M-Sport Oman Oman Racing Team with TF Sport Switzerland Kessel Racing
2018 Germany (Mercedes-AMG Team) Black Falcon Switzerland 961 Corse / Italy AF Corse United Kingdom Barwell Motorsport
2019 China Orange1 FFF Racing Team France AKKA ASP Team Oman Oman Racing with TF Sport United Kingdom Barwell Motorsport

See also

References

  1. ^ "The new GT Endurance Series in detail!". planetlemans.com. 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
  2. ^ "2012 Blancpain Endurance Series Presentation (english)". SRO. 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-20. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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