The Blancpain GT Sports Club will return for another exciting racing season in 2018, with round one set to kick off on the 21st of April. Improvements and additions to the series include the first SRO Speed Week, new additional class, and updated testing regulations. Starting from 2015, the series has enabled Bronze-grade drivers to fight for victory at some of the most iconic racetracks around the globe, supported by an exclusive yet friendly paddock atmosphere.
Taking place a week prior to Belgium’s legendary Total 24 Hours of Spa, the SRO Speed Week will headline the Blancpain GT Sports Club’s 2018 calendar, also showcasing racing action from the British GT Championship and GT4 European Series sister championships. With a wide range of GT3, GTE and Cup machinery from 14 manufacturers including Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche being eligible for the 2018 season, this will make for some of the most varied GT racing of any series in the world.
Supporting the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, the series will head to Italy’s legendary Autodromo di Monza for the first time in the opening round. Also new for the 2018 season, the Titanium Cup will be introduced for drivers between 50 and 59 years of age, running alongside the main championship and the Iron Cup for those over 60. This takes the total number of classes to three. Meanwhile, more relaxed testing regulations have also been introduced with unlimited running apart from race weekends allowed for those not taking part in the Blancpain GT Series’ Endurance or Sprint Cups. This provides increased track time for drivers participating in the GT Sports Club.
For 2018 the race weekend format will remain the same, with practice and qualifying sessions followed by the 25-minute Qualifying and 40-minute Main Races. Following the season opener in Monza, the series will once again see action at Le Castellet in France, Misano in Italy, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, and Budapest in Hungary, with the series’ finishing round taking place 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