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Blancpain GT Series 2014 - Weekly Digest 1
Posted by: newsla on Jan 24, 2014 - 03:50 PM
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Blancpain GT Series 2014 - Weekly Digest 1

British team MP Motorsport AMR will enter an Aston Martin Vantage GT3 for the complete 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series . The Aston Martin customer team car will be driven by their usual pairing of Richard Abra and Mark Poole, together with Joe Osborne. The trio finished second in the Pro-Am class of last year’s Silverstone round of the Blancpain Endurance Series.


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Richard Abra explains : "I was very impressed with the Blancpain Endurance Series when we entered the Silverstone round last year, so I am very happy to be doing the full championship in 2014. We have my good friend and safe pair of hands Joe Osborne with us as our third driver. He performed very well for us at Silverstone, so it was an obvious choice to put him in the car.”

Joe Osborne adds : "I am really happy to join Mark Poole and Richard Abra in their MP-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3. We will be looking to replicate our Silverstone pace from last year where we finished second in Pro-Am and push for a strong championship result. I do not think I could have chosen a stronger package to be part of, so now it is just down to us to do the business.”

Team Parker Racing confirms their entry in the Blancpain Endurance Series

Team Parker Racing confirmed their entry for a full season in the Blancpain Endurance Series with an Audi R8 LMS. Known for its commitment to Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain, Team Parker Racing passes on to the European scene. The drivers line-up will be Ian Loggie, Chris Jones and Julian Westwood, former British GT driver.

Team Parker Racing team principal Stuart Parker : “The Blancpain Endurance Series are the most prestigious and hardest endurance championship in Europe and the though of racing with Audi against some of the finest GT teams in the world is very exciting. Audi has the finest record in endurance racing over the past decade and we are grateful that they have alowed us to join their family. We look forward to a successful relationship together.”

Primat joins HTP Motorsport for 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series

In a press release issued over the weekend, Harold Primat has confirmed that he will be joining the ultra-successful Mercedes-Benz AMG squad HTP Motorsport for the 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series.

HTP Motorsport was victorious in the 2013 edition of the Total 24 Hours of Spa as well as the Nürburgring 1000, allowing their driver Maximilian Buhk to win the Pro category drivers’ title.

Swiss ace Primat, who switched to the GT ranks full-time last season is looking forward to a packed schedule that comprises all five Blancpain Endurance Series rounds.

Harold Primat: “I spent 2013 competing against HTP and knew exactly how fast their Mercedes package could be, so I was delighted when they contacted me at the end of last season. From our first meeting it was clear just how professional the team is, something that was further emphasised during our successful two-day test at Portimao. Plus, the opportunity to link up with quality, proven drivers made signing with them an obvious choice. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 proved very successful last season and it’s good to see that the Balance of Performance regulations won’t be tweaked as a result.”

Norbert Brueckner, HTP Motorsport Team Principal: “Harold was one of our top targets for 2014 so I’m delighted to have secured his services for the year ahead. He has vast experience of endurance racing and a year in GTs behind him too, which we saw as key to continuing HTP’s success. Part of that is his ability to remain fast and consistent without making mistakes over long stints, and in that regard he ticked all of the boxes.”

Grasser Racing Team, from Austria, is determined to be among the frontrunners in the Blancpain Sprint Series

Last year GRT excelled in the Pro-Am Cup, with Hari Proczyk finishing second in the FIA GT Series, only three points short of the title. Two Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 are entered for 2014, with Hari Proczyk and Sascha Halek being confirmed as the drivers at the end of December.

A third driver has now joined GRT. Czech ace Martin Matzke is not unknown to the team, since he drove for the outfit during a race in Brno last year. 23-year-old Matzke has also solid GT3 experience, having also competed in the FIA GT3 European Championship and the ADAC GT Masters.

Martin Matzke will team up with Sascha Halek in the Silver Cup category of the Blancpain Sprint Series. Hari Proczyk’s team-mate in the Pro-Am category will be announced shortly.

Ticket sales for the Nogaro meeting have started

For the first time the Nogaro circuit launches a presale of their tickets. For the Coupes de Pâques meeting (19-21 April 2014), the opening round of the Blancpain Sprint Series, ticket prices are very advantageous if the tickets are ordered before 31st March 2014:
Sunday ticket: 18 € instead of 22 €
Monday ticket: 18 € instead of 22 €
3 days pass: 31 € instead of 35 €
VIP 3 days pass: 35 € instead of 50 €
Tickets can be ordered through the circuit website, www.circuit-nogaro.com.

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)

June 28th - 29th : Paul Ricard, France (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 18th – 19th : Zolder, Belgium (sprint)

November 1st – 2nd : Baku World Challenge, Azerbaijan ** (sprint)

* Subject to FIA circuit homologation 

** Subject to event promoter agreement

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