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Blancpain GT Series 2014 - Weekly Digest 4
Posted by: newsla on Feb 14, 2014 - 05:33 PM
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Blancpain GT Series 2014 - Weekly Digest 4


Nissan Motorsport has announced that Japanese racer Katsumasa Chiyo will join the line-up on the Nissan GT Academy Team RJN GT-R NISMO GT3 in the Blancpain Endurance Series. It is the first time that the 26-year-old former Japanese Formula 3 champion will compete in a championship outside his own country.

 

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Chiyo will join the 2013 GT Academy winners Miguel Faisca (Portugal), Stanislav Aksenov (Russia), Nick McMillen (USA) and Florian Strauss (Germany). The ‘gamers-turned-racers’ are eager to follow the footsteps of their predecessors Wolfgang Reip, Mark Shulzhitskiy, and Peter Pyzera who last year conquered the Blancpain Endurance Series Pro-Am team title in their rookie year. The exact line-ups tasked with defending Nissan’s Pro-Am team title will be announced soon.

Camaro GT3: An American in Monza

Reiter Engineering has confirmed that it will bring its Chevrolet Camaro GT3 to the opening round of the Blancpain Endurance Series in Monza. The car will have the experienced trio of Peter Kox, Tomas Enge and Albert von Thurn und Taxis at the wheel.

American Muscle and German Engineering, that was the philosophy of Bavarian Lamborghini specialist Reiter Engineering when it created its SaReNi division to develop a GT3-version of the Chevrolet Camaro. The American beast, which sports a massive 7.9 litre V8 engine, has been thoroughly tested by the team’s regular squad of drivers: Peter Kox, Tomas Enge, Albert von Thurn und Taxis and Stefan Rosina. General Motors works driver Oliver Gavin also had a go in the machine, to further advance its competitiveness. For the moment, the team has only entered the car in the Italian round of the Blancpain Endurance Series, but further participations are certainly among the possibilities.

Hans Reiter (team principal): “The Camaro is something of a rebel. It relies on the massive power of the V8 engine to be among the frontrunners. At the same time, it is one of the most cost-effective cars on the starting grid, which is why it represents the ideal solution for cost-conscious teams and drivers to get involved in the Blancpain GT Series.”

Eugenio Amos joins ROAL Motorsport regulars for 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series

The Italian squad of ROAL Motorsport has announced its driver line-up for the 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series. Michela Cerruti and Stefano Comandini, both regular ROAL drivers, will be joined by Eugenio Amos, the winner of the 2010 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo in Pro-Am. The 28-year-old Italian also finished third in the 2012 in Pro-Am Cup of the Blancpain Endurance Series. The three Italians will be at the wheel of a BMW Z4 GT3.

ROAL Motorsport had previously confirmed its entry in the Blancpain Sprint Series, where Roberto Ravaglia’s squad will enter a specially modified 2014-spec BMW Z4 GT3 for former ChampCar-champion and Olympic Gold medallist Alex Zanardi.

Eugenio Amos (driver): “To race for ROAL Motorsport BMW Team and Roberto Ravaglia is a new challenge for me. This is a fantastic opportunity. It will be my third full-time season in the Blancpain Endurance Series. I like the endurance races, I think they are the sexiest races that exist! I have no experience with the BMW Z4 GT3 yet, but I saw the car in action during the last two seasons and my impression was that this is a great racing car.”

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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