August 11, 2020

WRT Audi wins Imola GT World Challenge Europe opener

In the hands of Matthieu Vaxiviere, Kelvin van der Linde and Mirko Bortolotti, the #31 Audi R8 LMS took the lead in the second hour after a sensational stint from van der Linde.In total, there were five full course yellow periods – three of which occurred inside the opening hour – which contributed to a stop-start race, but the Audi remained the class of the field, beating the #12 GPX …Keep reading …

Sirotkin joins GT World Challenge Europe enduros with SMP

Sirotkin will share a Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 in the Pro class with Ferrari’s works GT drivers Davide Rigon and Miguel Molina, who finished second in last year’s Endurance Cup alongside Mikhail Aleshin.“We are very keen to do well, and I am pleased to find Miguel at my side again and intrigued to see Sirotkin making his debut in the 488 GT3,” Rigon said. “We’ll do all we can to help …Keep reading …

R-Motorsport withdraws from 2020 GT World Challenge season

The race-winning team, whose Aston Martin Vantage GT3s are jointly run by the British Arden and Jota Sport operations, has opted to put its racing activities on hold as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. R-Motorsport, which also contested last year’s DTM under the Aston banner, has stressed that it intends to return to racing next season in what a spokesman said could be a “bigger, better …Keep reading …

Ex-F2 driver Lorandi makes GT3 switch with Mercedes

Lorandi is a race winner in both European Formula 3 and the GP3 Series, placing as high as seventh in the championship in the latter category for Trident in 2017.The Italian was then handed the chance to step up to F2 in the middle of 2018 when Trident parted ways with Santino Ferrucci, although he managed just one points finish in 10 starts.But he was forced to sit out almost all of the …Keep reading …

Rescheduled Spa 24 Hours extended by one hour

Series boss Stephane Ratel told Motorsport.com that he wants the event to become a “race to remember that we talk about in years to come” on what is the first occasion it has not taken place in the summer. The Spa enduro on October 24/25, which is also a round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, will start and finish at 15:30, but because the clocks move back during the night with the end …Keep reading …

Bernhard withdraws Spa 24 Hours entry

The German revealed that Team 75 Bernhard had filed a one-off entry for the fourth year in a row, but has now been forced to withdraw the Porsche 911 GT3-R from the blue riband round of the GT World Challenge Europe on 24-25 October.Bernhard cited the new date for Spa as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and revisions to the ADAC GT Masters calendar in Germany, which is his squad’s main focus …Keep reading …

Spa 24 Hours will go ahead with or without spectators

Ratel made the claim after confirming that the two Italian rounds due to kick off the revised GTWCE (formerly Blancpain GT Series) schedule announced last week will take place behind closed doors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We have a responsibility to our competitors for Spa to take place, even though it would be a disaster if there is no public,” he told Motorsport.com. “It …Keep reading …

GT World Challenge Europe issues revised schedule

The German fixture, which maintains its September 6 date, has been extended in duration and joins the already-rescheduled Paul Ricard 1000km six-hour race in November on what is now an eight-weekend calendar. GTWCE organiser the Stephane Ratel Organisation has reduced the number of events from 10 to eight in light of the compacted season resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, while keeping the …Keep reading …

Spa 24 Hours pushed back to October

The new date for the Belgian enduro, which is also part of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, is October 24/25. Originally scheduled in its traditional slot on the last weekend of July, the double-points Endurance Cup round of the GTWCE was postponed earlier this month after the Belgian government announced an extension of its ban on large social gatherings until August 31.A statement …Keep reading …

Spa 24 Hours postponed due to public gathering ban in Belgium

Race organiser the Stephane Ratel Organisation has announced that the GTWCE Endurance Cup race set for 25-26 July will be put back after the Belgian government announced today an extension of its ban on large public gatherings in the country until August 31.SRO’s statement explained that “the race will now move to a revised date later in the year in compliance with these guidelines”. It …Keep reading …