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Blancpain GT Series Adds Circuit Zolder To 2014 Calendar
Posted by: newsla on Dec 06, 2013 - 03:26 PM
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Blancpain GT Series Adds Circuit Zolder To 2014 Calendar


Belgian track added following removal of Navarra round
SRO Motorsports Group has today announced that the 2014 Blancpain GT Series will add the popular Belgian race track, Circuit Zolder in October instead of Spain’s Circuito de Navarra as provisionally stated at the calendar launch in November.

 

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The Limburg-based circuit, which played host to the FIA GT Series in 2013, will now welcome the penultimate round of the Blancpain GT Series on the weekend of the 11th and 12th October, three weeks before teams make the journey to Azerbaijan for the Baku World Challenge season finale (1/11-2/11).

The two 60-minute Sprint races will feature highly on an already impressive weekend of racing, the Belgian Masters, which also features the final rounds of the Belgian Racing Car Championship.

Zolder has a longstanding association with top line GT racing, the undulating 4.004km track has previously hosted the FIA GT Championship, the FIA GT1 World Championship as well as the FIA GT Series, and earlier this year it was Stephane Ortelli (MON) and Laurens Vanthoor (BEL) in Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS that took the qualifying race victory with Peter Kox (NLD) and Stefan Rosina’s (SVK) Lamborghini Blancpain Reiter LP560-4 narrowly denying the Audi crew a famous double win by taking the main race honours by just 0.448s at the flag.

2014 Blancpain GT Series Calendar:

April 12th – 13th : Monza, Italy (endurance)
April 18th – 21st : Coupes de Pâques, Nogaro, France (sprint)
May 17th – 18th : Brands Hatch, Great Britain (sprint)
May 24th – 25th : Silverstone, Great Britain (endurance)
July 4th – 6th : Zandvoort , the Netherlands (sprint)
July 23rd – 27th : Total 24 Hours of Spa, Belgium (endurance)
August 22nd – 24th : Slovakia Ring, Slovakia* (sprint)
September 5th – 7th : Algarve, Portugal (sprint)
September 19th – 21st : Nürburgring 1000, Germany (endurance)
October 10th – 12th : Zolder, Belgium (sprint)
November 1st – 2nd : Baku World Challenge, Azerbaijan ** (sprint)

* Subject to FIA circuit homologation
** Subject to event promoter agreement

Stephane Ratel, founder and CEO of SRO Motorsports Group:

"Zolder has played an important part in the history of SRO’s various international GT series. Having hosted rounds of almost every series we have promoted, I am delighted that we will be returning there with our new Blancpain GT Series, which is an important chapter in the series’ history. For me, Circuit Zolder has many happy memories associated with it, for it provides close competitive racing on a genuinely thrilling layout, and is one of the most popular circuits for public attendance too, and we hope that 2014 will be no different.”

Thierry Deflandre, General Manager, Circuit Zolder:

”We are of course delighted with the calendar of the Blancpain GT Series, that goes without saying. SRO Motorsports Group and Circuit Zolder have been working together for many years, something we are very much looking forward to continuing in the future.”

Laurens Vanthoor, 2013 FIA GT Series Winner :

"That's excellent news. Zolder deserves an international meeting of rank and stature. Speaking for myself, it is good news that I'll be defending my title in my own backyard, quite literally. Racing before a home crowd is always a great motivator."

Blancpain

Over 275 years of tradition in motion:

Founded in 1735 by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain, the watch brand bearing his name is the oldest in the world.Blancpain is currently engaged to the renewal of mechanical watchmaking and to passing on exceptional expertise from one generation to the next through constant investment in human resources, production facilities and research. This approach is its strength and the expression of our long-term vision, even though it goes against the tide of a certain tendency to seek immediate profit.

From the creation of components through to watch design, Blancpain is distinguished by its ability to develop exceptional movements. Over the past eight years, the Manufacture has indeed developed no less than 29 new calibres.

Through its various models, Blancpain preserves its heritage of precision and elegance, while also displaying an innovative and occasionally provocative spirit. Its range encompasses the sportive L-evolution line, the legendary Fifty Fathoms diver’s watch, as well as the classic Villeret collection, the high complication from Le Brassus collection and the Women models.

Pirelli – Official Tyre Supplier

Pirelli is a tyre manufacturer and world leader in the automotive industry. It has an exclusive relationship with over 50 racing series worldwide, including Formula One.

Pirelli has a long and illustrious history in endurance racing, and has also claimed a huge variety of class wins in GT racing all over the world.

The design of the new Pirelli GT tyres meets the needs of GT racing while maintaining the performance characteristics that endurance drivers have appreciated in the past.

The slick tyres used for GT racing are branded P Zero: just like the slicks that have become a central feature of Formula One. The name P Zero is used in the highest categories of motorsport such as GT racing.


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