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Rossi 'needs to work on' getting up to speed faster in GT cars

MotoGP great Valentino Rossi has admitted he needs to get on the pace quicker as he transitions to four wheels in the GT World Challenge Europe this year.

Brands Hatch GTWCE: Ferrari and Mercedes share sprint wins Brands Hatch
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Brands Hatch GTWCE: Ferrari and Mercedes share sprint wins

Ferrari claimed a first overall victory in the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup in nearly seven years as the Italian manufacturer and Mercedes shared out the honours at Brands Hatch.

Rossi eager to start GTWCE Sprint season at "very difficult" Brands GP

Bike racing legend Valentino Rossi is relishing the chance to race on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit for the first time in this weekend’s GT World Challenge Europe round.

Valentino Rossi impresses WRT in wet Magny-Cours test

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi impressed the WRT Audi team with his speed in the wet at the latest test ahead of his GT World Challenge Europe campaign this year.

MotoGP legend Rossi aiming for podiums in rookie GT3 season

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi is aiming “for the podium” in 2022 when he makes his debut in the GT World Challenge Europe with WRT and Audi.

MotoGP legend Rossi joins WRT for 2022 GT World Challenge Europe
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MotoGP legend Rossi joins WRT for 2022 GT World Challenge Europe

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi has committed to a full campaign in the GT World Challenge Europe with WRT and Audi.

Brands Hatch GTWCE: Vanthoor, Weerts retain Sprint title

WRT Audi drivers Dries Vanthoor and Charles Weerts retained their GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup title at Brands Hatch with one weekend of the season remaining.

Brands Hatch GTWCE: JOTA McLaren crashes over barriers in opener Brands Hatch
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Brands Hatch GTWCE: JOTA McLaren crashes over barriers in opener

The JOTA McLaren cleared the barriers when it crashed out of the lead of the opening race of the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup event at Brands Hatch, with Auto Sport Promotion Mercedes taking the provisional win.

GTWCE Sprint Cup event at Brands Hatch moved to August

The Brands Hatch round of the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup has been rescheduled for August.

Top LMP2 squad JOTA to run McLaren in GTWCE

Top LMP2 outfit JOTA will return to GT racing by fielding a McLaren 720S GT3 with an all-factory driver line-up in this year’s GT World Challenge Europe.

Aitken to race in GT World Challenge Europe with Lamborghini

Williams Formula 1 reserve driver Jack Aitken will race in the GT World Challenge Europe in 2021 with Lamborghini.

Lexus ends factory support for European GT3 programme

Toyota brand Lexus has ended factory support of its racing program with the RC F GT3 contender in Europe. 

Why Timur Boguslavskiy has added incentive in the Spa 24 Hours 24 Hours of Spa
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Why Timur Boguslavskiy has added incentive in the Spa 24 Hours

Right now, a 20-year old from Kazan in Russia is one of the most successful Mercedes drivers in GT racing. But this weekend he must pass a very special test if he’s to join Lewis Hamilton at the end-of-season Mercedes party…

Barcelona GTWCE: Vanthoor and Weerts secure Sprint Cup title

Team WRT Audi’s Dries Vanthoor and Charles Weerts clinched the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup title in the final round of the season at Barcelona.

Wins for Mercedes and Audi at Magny-Cours GTWCE round Magny-Cours
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Wins for Mercedes and Audi at Magny-Cours GTWCE round

Haupt Racing Team’s Maro Engel and Luca Stolz closed in on the lead of the GT World Challenge standings with victory and a third in the Sprint Cup at Magny-Cours.

Double win for Vanthoor/Weerts in GTWCE Sprint opener Misano
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Double win for Vanthoor/Weerts in GTWCE Sprint opener

Team WRT Audi duo Dries Vanthoor and Charles Weerts recorded two out of three race wins as the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup kicked off at Misano.

Barnicoat beats Deletraz by 0.07s at the Nurburgring
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Barnicoat beats Deletraz by 0.07s at the Nurburgring

McLaren factory driver Ben Barnicoat edged Haas Formula 1 reserve Louis Deletraz by just 0.070 seconds to win the latest SRO GT Esports race at a virtual Nurburgring.

GT World Challenge Europe issues revised schedule

A revised GT World Challenge Europe schedule due to begin in July has been issued, including a second six-hour race at the Nurburgring. 

Blomqvist joins R-Motorsport after BMW exit

Tom Blomqvist will join the R-Motorsport Aston Martin GT squad for 2020 after his departure from BMW.

BMW reveals teaser image of all-new M4 GT3

BMW has announced it will introduce a new GT3 model for the 2022 season, based on the upcoming next-generation M4 road car, to replace the ageing M6 GT3.

Bortolotti parts ways with Lamborghini, joins Audi

Mirko Bortolotti has parted ways with Lamborghini ahead of the 2020 season, and will instead be an Audi factory driver.

Ghiotto joins R-Motorsport for GT World Challenge

Formula 2 frontrunner Luca Ghiotto will make a switch to sportscar racing next season with the R-Motorsport Aston Martin squad.

Caldarelli, Mapelli win Blancpain title in tense finale

Lamborghini factory drivers Andrea Caldarelli and Marco Mapelli took the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe title in a tense Hungaroring season finale, narrowly seeing off a challenge from Mercedes pair Maro Engel and Luca Stolz.

Hungaroring Blancpain: Marciello/Abril win, title race hots up

ASP Mercedes duo Raffaele Marciello and Vincent Abril took victory in the opening race of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe season finale at the Hungaroring, as the title race tightened up.

Nurburgring Blancpain: R-Motorsport wins as WRT duo clash

Ricky Collard and Marvin Kirchhofer claimed victory in the second Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe race at the Nurburgring for R-Motorsport as the leading WRT Audi cars took each other out.

Nurburgring Blancpain: Caldarelli, Mapelli lead Lamborghini 1-2

FFF Racing’s Andrea Caldarelli and Marco Mapelli moved into the lead of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe standings after leading a Lamborghini one-two in the first race at the Nurburgring.

GT champion Ide in artificial coma

One-time Blancpain Sprint champion Enzo Ide is in an artificial coma in Bruges following an accident at home, but his condition is reported to be stable, according to Belgian news sources.

Green joins Phoenix for last two Blancpain rounds

Audi DTM racer Jamie Green will join Phoenix Racing for the final two rounds of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe season.

Zandvoort Blancpain: Sainteloc Audi beats Grasser Lamborghini

A pair of superb stints from Christopher Haase and Simon Gachet gave Sainteloc Racing its first Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe win of the season in the second Zandvoort race. 

Zandvoort Blancpain: Victory for Abril/Marciello Mercedes

AKKA ASP duo Vincent Abril and Raffaele Marciello claimed their first Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe victory of the season in the opening race at Zandvoort.

Misano Blancpain: Weerts/Vanthoor take Race 2 win for Audi

Charles Weerts and Dries Vanthoor made amends for their race one retirement by taking their first victory of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe season for Audi at Misano.

Misano Blancpain: Caldarelli, Mapelli give FFF Racing maiden win

Andrea Caldarelli and Marco Mapelli overcame two safety car interventions and a late surge from Raffaele Marciello to hand FFF Racing a maiden Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe victory at Misano.

Brands Hatch Blancpain: Engel/Stolz win for Mercedes

Black Falcon Mercedes pair Maro Engel and Luca Stolz took a dominant race two win in the Brands Hatch Blancpain sprint season-opener, after surprise poleman Fabian Schiller dropped back.

Brands Hatch Blancpain: Bastian and Neubauer take sensational win

Silver Cup competitors Nico Bastian and Thomas Neubauer took a sensational Blancpain World Challenge Europe win in the Brands Hatch season-opener in their Akka ASP Mercedes, having seized the lead during the pitstops.

Abril joins top Mercedes GT squad from Bentley

The Blancpain GT Series Mercedes seat alongside reigning champion Raffaele Marciello has been filled by Vincent Abril, whose departure from Bentley was announced this week.

Panis-Barthez ties up with Lexus for Blancpain effort

The sportscar team run by ex-Formula 1 driver Olivier Panis will expand into the GT3 arena with Lexus this season.

Autosport Awards: GT lynchpin Ratel awarded Gregor Grant trophy

Stephane Ratel's enormous contribution to the last quarter-century of GT sportscar racing was recognised with a Gregor Grant Award at the 2018 Autosport Awards.

SRO to launch 2019 World Challenge to link three series

The Stephane Ratel Organisation will link its three continental sprint series into an 18-round global championship for manufacturers in 2019 under the Blancpain GT World Challenge banner.

Marciello and Meadows snatch Blancpain Sprint crown

ASP Mercedes duo Raffaele Marciello and Michael Meadows snatched the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup crown with victory in the second race of the title-deciding Nurburgring round.

Mies and Riberas inherit Nurburgring Blancpain win

Christopher Mies and Alex Riberas have been awarded the win of the opening Nurburgring Blancpain GT Sprint Cup race after a 30-second post-race penalty was applied to the winning Lamborghini.

Bortolotti, Engelhart win Nurburgring Blancpain opener

Grasser Lamborghini pair Mirko Bortolotti and Christian Engelhart scored their third Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup victory of 2018 in the opening race of the weekend at the Nurburgring.

Marciello, Meadows take dominant second Hungary win

ASP Mercedes pair Raffaele Marciello and Michael Meadows took a commanding victory in a rain-affected second Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup race at the Hungaroring.

Lamborghini pair snatch Hungary victory from Mercedes

Christian Engelhart and Mirko Bortolotti dominated the opening Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup race at the Hungaroring, beating pre-race favourites Mercedes. 

Ratel: Five or six new GT2 cars could be ready by 2019

There could be as many as five or six new GT2 supercars ready to race by the second half of next year, according to class instigator Stephane Ratel.

GT2 name revived for new SRO GT amateur category 

A new category for high-powered supercars that revives the GT2 name has been announced by the Stephane Ratel Organisation.

Mies/Riberas sweep Blancpain Misano weekend

Alex Riberas and Chris Mies dominated the second Blancpain Sprint Cup race at Misano in their WRT Audi to complete a sweep of the weekend.

Mies, Riberas take Misano Blancpain win for Audi

WRT Audi drivers Christopher Mies and Alex Riberas took victory for the first time in the 2018 Blancpain GT Sprint Cup season in the first race at Misano.

Leonard and Vervisch lead Audi 1-2-3 at Brands Hatch

WRT’s Stuart Leonard and Frederic Vervisch converted pole into Blancpain GT Series Cup victory at Brands Hatch in their Audi R8 LMS, the fourth different winner in as many races.

Van der Linde, Schothorst triumph in Zolder season opener

Attempto Audi drivers Kelvin van der Linde and Steijn Schothorst started the 2018 Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup season with a victory in the Zolder main race.

Frijns signs up for Blancpain return alongside DTM debut

New Audi DTM driver Robin Frijns will return to the Blancpain GT Series with the WRT Audi team in 2018.

Ratel: Blancpain Sprint Cup not in danger with smaller grid

The Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup is not in danger despite a dramatic fall in entries for 2018, championship boss Stephane Ratel has insisted.

Taylor-Smith makes Blancpain GT switch with Bentley

BTCC race winner Aron Taylor-Smith will contest this year’s Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup in a Team Parker Racing-run Bentley.

Frijns, Leonard steal Blancpain Sprint title in thriller

Team WRT pair Robin Frijns and Stuart Leonard took the Blancpain GT Sprint Series title in a thrilling finish to Sunday's Nurburgring race, as the main championship contenders suffered late drama.

Buhk, Perera win first leg of Blancpain Sprint finale

Blancpain Sprint Cup championship leaders Franck Perera and Maximilian Buhk extended their championship lead to five points after a thrilling win at the Nurburgring.

Vanthoor, Fassler sweep Blancpain Hungaroring round

Dries Vanthoor and Marcel Fassler thrust themselves into title contention in the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup by completing a dominant weekend at the Hungaroring with victory in the feature race.

Ex-F1 racer Stevens rejoins Winkelhock in WRT Audi

Ex-Formula 1 driver Will Stevens will return to the WRT Audi team for the next Sprint Cup round of the Blancpain GT Series at the Hungaroring later this month. 

Winkelhock, Stevens lead Audi 1-2-3-4 in Zolder main race

Team WRT Audi doubled up in the Blancpain Sprint round at Zolder as Markus Winkelhock and Will Stevens led an all-Audi top four the main race.

Frijns, Leonard prevail in five-car Zolder qualifying race battle

The #17 Audi Team WRT team of Robin Frijns and Stuart Leonard were victorious in the qualifying race of the Blancpain Sprint Series round at Zolder as the latter held off four rival cars during his stint.

Sprint Cup round at Zolder: home race for the Team WRT and quite a few of its drivers

Comforted by the double podium finish at the last Sprint Cup race at Brands Hatch, the squad, will definitely want to fight for the first success of the season!

Engelhart and Bortolotti win for Lamborghini at Brands

Grasser Racing duo Christian Engelhart and Mirko Bortolotti dominated the second feature race of the Blancpain GT Sprint Cup season at Brands Hatch.