Monza: 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series Opener
The long wait has come to an end. Next weekend, on the Autodromo Nazionale Di Monza, the contenders in the Blancpain Endurance Series 2014 will finally know how good they have prepared themselves for the new season. Ever since its creation in 2011, the Blancpain Endurance Series has been the best supported and most competitive GT competition in the world. 40 impressive GT3 cars, entered by some of the most professional teams and driven by a plethora of top notch racers, will form the impressive grid on the asphalt of the fabled Italian circuit.
Pro-Am Cup – Still the backbone of the Series:
With 19 cars the Pro-Am Cup is again the backbone of the Blancpain Endurance Series. A host of new and exciting teams and drivers join the loyal and regular entries.
It will be no surprise that the spectators on the Monza grandstands will root mainly for the teams entering a Ferrari 458 Italia GT3. The drivers of last year’s Monza winners Kessel Racing, Insightracing with Flex-Box, Sport Garage, 2012 Pro-Am champions AF Corse, Scuderia Villorba Corse and GT Corse by Rinaldi will proudly wear the Prancing Horse on their overalls.
Gentlemen Trophy – Exciting prospects for 2014:
In the Gentlemen Trophy the Ferrari 458 Italia seems to be the weapon of choice as well, with five of the eight entries representing the Maranello manufacturer. Among them is Sport Garage, with 2011 Gentlemen Trophy winner Georges Cabannes. Reigning champion Jean-Luc Blanchemain has switched from a Ferrari 458 to an Audi R8 LMS ultra however, a car entered by the experienced Belgian Audi Club Team WRT and which the Frenchman is sharing with Belgian drivers Christophe Kelders and Yves Weerts. Two other Audi-teams (Team Parker Racing from Great Britain and Sainteloc Racing from France) will take on the Ferrari armada in what promises to be a close fought battle between very well matched drivers and teams.
The Monza weekend is always a popular and busy weekend. Free practice for the Blancpain Endurance Series takes place at 9:00 local time on Saturday followed by pre-qualifying at 12:10. Qualifying for the Blancpain Endurance Series cars takes place at 17:20 on Saturday, and the race is scheduled to start on Sunday at 14:45. All action can be followed through the live timing and livestream on the official and revamped website, www.blancpain-gt-series.com.
Source: Blancpain Endurance Series