BLANCPAIN GT SERIES SPRINT CUP
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The Blancpain Series GT Sprint Cup, known in 2013 as the FIA GT Series and in 2014 and 2015 as the Blancpain Sprint Series, is a Championship for Gran Turismo cars, organised by the French promoter Stéphane Ratel and his company, SRO, approved by the Federation International de l’Automobile (FIA).
The Championship is mainly played in Europe, with some races also on other important continents such as Asia. The category is open for supercars in a “sprint” format. This means that the races are held over about only one hour, just like in the old FIA GT1 World Championship. Most of the races are held on European circuits of medium length, as it is for example the case at Misano Adriatico in Italy.
The cars started in the Blancpain Series GT Sprint Cup are cars with a GT3 configuration. Every weekend on the track includes two races with two drivers per car and a compulsory pit stop. Two free practice sessions of 80 minutes each are held on Fridays. On Saturday the 15-minute qualifying is held for the race on the same day: Q1 for the main drivers and Q2 for the second drivers with no limit regarding the laps over the 15 minutes. In Q3 only the top 10 drivers can participate (the time is calculated by the results from Q1 and Q2). The result from Q3 determines the starting grid for the race on Saturday, while the result of the race itself will set the starting grid for the race held on Sunday. The second race, the one on Sunday, is held over one hour with a warm up of 20 minutes.
In 2013, the then called FIA GT Series, was created based on the FIA GT Championship, domain of the GT1 Gran Turismo, and the European GT3 Championship. These two should have formed the FIA GT World Series, but in the end it was decided to keep this series separated from the Blancpain Endurance Series also in terms technical and motorsport regulations as well as on the calendar. This is how in 2014 the current and innovative Blancpain Sprint Series was born.
Once they had noticed the enormous efficiency of their partnership, the sponsor Blancpain and the Stéphane Ratel Organisation decided to combine the Sprint and the Endurance series in 2016 under the Blancpain GT Series, reinforcing the emphasis on the drivers’ and the constructors’ titles.
13-14 March Le Castellet (France) Test Days
2 April Misano Adriatico (Italy)
7 May Brands Hatch (United Kingdom)
4 June Zolder (Belgium)
27 August Budapest (Hungary)
17 September Nürburgring (Germany)