In a joint press conference held at Silverstone, SRO Motorsports Group CEO Stephane Ratel and Vice President of Blancpain SA Alain Delamuraz presented the next stage of the evolution of the Blancpain Endurance Series. Building on the success of the five event inaugural season, the plans for 2012 include an extra high profile race meeting, the launch of the SRO Supercar Club and an exciting new package of GT races that will be part of each of the six events on some of the most exciting circuits in Europe.
The 2012 Blancpain Endurance Series calendar will have an additional 3-hour race and take place on six Grand Prix circuits across Europe. With the exception of the Total 24 Hours of Spa, each of the meetings will be held over two days.
April Monza, Italy
June Silverstone, Great Britain
July Paul Ricard, France
July Total 24 Hours of Spa, Belgium
September Germany (circuit TBC but likely Hockenheim or Nurburgring)
October Barcelona, Spain
The actual dates will be confirmed once the calendars for the FIA GT World and FIA GT3 European Championships have been finalised so as to avoid any clashes of dates between these important SRO promoted international GT Championships. Date clashes with the Avon Tyres British GT Championship and, possibly, the ADAC GT Masters will also be avoided to allow teams the possibility of entering both their national championship and take part in one or more of the international series.
Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo
The prestigious Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo is likely to race at most of the six rounds in 2012 and provide a fantastic focal point for the GT support package at the Blancpain Endurance Series weekends.
Blancpain Revival Series
In addition to the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, Stephane Ratel unveiled the Blancpain Revival Series, a link with the recent past that will allow enthusiastic amateurs to have their own place within the Blancpain Endurance Series meetings. It will be a series reserved for GT cars which raced between 1994 and 2004 and will be co-organised with a promoter specialising in historic cars. An innovative format with free practice, qualifying and a 45-minute race all taking place on the Saturday of each meeting.
SRO Supercar Club
A programme for owners of the most exclusive and authentic Supercars, that is all about enjoyment at each of the six race weekends in 2012
For an annual subscription each owner can enjoy:
- Access to all the events
- Lunch in the hospitality unit
- VIP parking in the paddock
- Two hours of track time on the Sunday
In addition they will be invited to take part in the “RACB GT PARADE” during the Total 24 Hours of Spa and in an annual Supercar Rally.
Stephane Ratel, CEO of SRO Motorsports Group, said: “Launched in 2011, the Blancpain Endurance Series is the result of twenty years of motorsport experience built up by the SRO Motorsports Group. The recipe for 2011 was quite simple: to bring GT3 cars to endurance racing, by setting up a convivial championship which met the requirements and expectations of teams and drivers alike. Simplicity, technical competence, a rigorous sporting environment, excellent organisation, an attractive calendar and top-quality TV production allowing pan-European live broadcast: these were the priorities of the first season.
“In 2012, under full acceleration, this new reference in GT racing, which has quickly become known as the ‘Blancpain’ in the paddocks, will move to a new level. More competitors, more diversity, more events…
“As a reflection of their prestigious title sponsor’s market position, the race meetings will become a cosmopolitan public relations platform, exclusive and convivial, built around a stable programme of complementary series, racing on the most beautiful European circuits.”
Alain Delamuraz, Vice President of Blancpain SA said: “Blancpain is proud and happy to confirm their large support for motorsport in general, and for SRO in particular. The immense success we have seen with the Blancpain Endurance Series proves that we were right to believe in this return to the roots of the true spirit of GT racing, namely a mix of professional and amateur drivers, with numerous makes of car, competing in endurance races.
“Blancpain, the oldest watch brand in the world, shares in the watchmaking art the same values of the respect of traditions and heritage as those shown by the world of GT racing. That is why we are pleased to confirm our strong presence for 2012 as partners and timekeepers.”