After another successful campaign, SRO Motorsport Group’s Blancpain GT Sports Club will return with a new addition to the calendar to kick-off season four, as well as a brand new class, revised testing regulations and the first SRO Speed Week.
Established in 2015, the championship allows Bronze-grade drivers to battle for victories on some of the world’s most famous tracks, while also enjoying an exclusive and friendly paddock atmosphere.
This year will see the series head to the legendary Autodromo di Monza for the first time, with the Italian circuit acting as theseries curtain-raiser, supporting the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.
Also new-for-2018 is the Titanium Cup for drivers aged between 50 and 59, taking the number of classes this year to three, alongside the main championship and the Iron Cup for over 60s.
Testing regulations have been relaxed, with those not taking part in the Blancpain GT Series (Endurance or Sprint Cup) allowed unlimited running outside of race weekends, to further increase track time for drivers entered in the Blancpain GT Sports Club.
The SRO Speed Week, which takes place seven days prior to the world-famous Total 24 Hours of Spa at the Belgian venue, headlines the Blancpain GT Sports Club calendar, featuring action from their sister categories including the British GT Championship and GT4 European Series.
A wide range of GT3, GTE and Cup machinery is eligible for the 2018 season, from 14 manufacturers including Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche (full list below), making for some of the most varied GT racing in the world.
The weekend format remains unchanged, with practice and qualifying sessions succeeded by the 25-minute Qualifying and 40-minute Main Races.
With Silverstone dropped in favour of the Monza opener, the series will again head to Le Castellet (France), Misano (Italy), Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), Budapest (Hungary), before concluding in Barcelona (Spain).
2018 Blancpain GT Sports Club calendar:
1. 21-22 April – Monza, Italy
2. 2-3 June – Paul Ricard, France
3. 23-24 June – Misano, Italy
4. 21-22 July –Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
5. 1-2 September – Hungaroring, Hungary
6. 29-30 September – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain
Source. SRO Motorsports Group/Photo. John Patterson