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FOCUSSED STEVENS HEADS TO ITALY BRIMMING WITH OPTIMISM

Will Stevens is eagerly looking forward to getting his Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup campaign underway at Misano in Italy this weekend (1-2 April). The 25-year-old ex-Formula One driver competes for the ultra-successful Belgian Audi Club Team WRT and shares an Audi R8 LMS with Markus Winkelhock (D).

2017 marks the second season of GT3 racing for Will after a successful 14-year motor racing career in karts and single-seaters. Importantly it’s also his second consecutive year with WRT, driving the Audi R8 LMS and in the Blancpain series – a consistency that Stevens hopes will help him achieve success in a season in which he also competes in the Endurance Cup which gets underway later this month (22-23 Apr) at Monza.

Stevens made his GT3 race début in the Misano races almost 12 months ago – his first event at the 16-corner, 2.63-mile Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli track near Rimini on the Adriatic Coast. Action for the 34-car field starts on Friday afternoon with the first free practice, followed by the second free practice session that evening. Saturday sees qualifying in the early afternoon, with the start of the Qualifying Race just before 9pm. The Main Race will get underway at 12.30pm on Sunday afternoon.

Will Stevens (GB): Lives: Surrey, England. Aged 25.“I really feel in a good place with GT racing and with our Audi R8 LMS this year and my aim is simple: To win races and consistently perform well in a GT3 car. Racing in GT3 in 2016 was a completely different discipline of racing from what I had grown up doing and I was totally new to it. It took me some time to get acclimatized to it but starting this season, I know a lot more and feel comfortable with everything. My first race at Misano was last year at the corresponding event which was also my first race in a GT car. I tested the WRT Audi R8 there earlier this month and I like the track. It flows nicely and you can ride the many kerbs which is important for lap times. I first met Markus [Winkelhock] last year, he’s a really good guy with a lot of experience. We’ve actually done similar programmes in our careers before GT racing. I believe we have a very good pairing for the Sprint races and testing has gone very well.”

Source. Martyn Pass Public Relations Limited

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