BLANCPAIN - GT SERIES EUROPE
Jointly created by Blancpain and the SRO Motorsports Group in 2011, this series of endurance races has become the world’s most widely followed and recognized GT competition. Three categories of drivers (Pro, Pro-Am and Amateurs) faced off during three hours for this first edition of the year which delivered a wealth of thrills and excitement. After a tightly fought duel with two race-leading Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars (#43 and #4), it was in the end the Audi R8 LMS #1 that crossed the line first thanks to an effective strategy adopted over the last laps of the competition. The trio composing the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT #1 – Christopher Mies, Alex Riberas and Dries Vanthoor – thus topped the podium, followed by the British team Mercedes/Strakka Racing #43, while the third spot was won by the German team Mercedes/Black Falcon #4. This is Audi’s first Monza circuit victory in the history of the Blancpain GT Series.
Du côté de la Silver Cup, la Jaguar G3 #54 domine la compétition après un parcours sans-faute mené par les pilotes d’Emil Frey Racing. Dans la catégorie Pro-Am, la Ferrari 488 GT3 #333 – pilotée par la Rinaldi Racing Team – reçoit les honneurs de la première place du classement, tandis que la Am Cup est remportée par l'équipe AKKA ASP au volant de la Mercedes-AMG GT3 #89.
For the past decade, Blancpain has unremittingly strengthened and diversified its involvement in the world of motorsport and established a leading profile among manufacturers, drivers and high-speed sports enthusiasts. Over the years, the Manufacture has become an international benchmark in GT competitions, including co-founding some of the world’s greatest championships in this discipline: the Blancpain GT Series Europe (composed of the Blancpain Endurance Series and the Blancpain Sprint Series), the Blancpain GT Series Asia and the Blancpain Sports Club. The brand is also the exclusive timing partner of the British GT Championship. Consistently at the heart of the action in its role as official timekeeper, Blancpain is committed to providing a unique experience in which the worlds of fine watchmaking and automotive mechanics meet and mingle.