Published on May 22nd, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
GT Series Hits Silverstone With An Impressive 45 GT Cars
Just 1 week after the sunny and successful British round of the Blancpain Sprint Series at Brands Hatch the Circuit of Silverstone hosts the second race of the 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series. The already impressive entry list of the opening round at Monza has increased to 45 GT3 cars, proving that the Blancpain GT Series is still the best supported and most competitive GT competition in the world.
The opening round of the 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series proved to be a success. In the three categories the battle for the win raged on during the whole three hours of racing at the Italian temple of speed, with emotional wins for ART Grand Prix McLaren (Pro Cup), ROAL Motorsport BMW (Pro-Am Cup) and GT Corse by Rinaldi Ferrari (Gentlemen Trophy). But during the six weeks since the Italian season opener, the competitors have worked hard to try and improve their cars. Whether they have done enough will be shown at the three hour race at the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit.
Pro Cup – Will Bentley be victorious on home soil?
In the Pro Cup the French team of ART Grand Prix will give its all to repeat its magnificent performance at Monza. With two cars on the rostrum they could have hardly done better and the McLaren MP4-12C should again be among the frontrunners in Silverstone. But on home soil, both M-Sport Bentley Continental will be supported by thousands of fans, which could lead to impressive performances by the Series newcomers. Before suffering from fading brakes, one of the Continental GT3 was running in second in Monza. The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 of Oman Racing Team – already a winner in the British GT championship this year – and that entered by Leonard Motorsport AMR will be the other crowd favourites in the Pro Cup. Both teams will do their utmost to emulate the win of Aston Martin in last year’s Blancpain Endurance Series’ race at Silverstone.
Pro-Am Cup – The Brits are coming
Winning in front of their home crowd was one of the highlights in the careers of ROAL Motorsport drivers Stefano Comandini, Eugenio Amos and Stefano Colombo. Thanks to a regular and consistent pace they took a well-deserved win. In Silverstone Michela Cerruti – unable to race in Monza due to professional obligations – will join Comandini and Amos in their quest for a repeat performance, but it will not be easy. Especially since three strong contenders have been added to the Pro-Am Cup entry list. British GT regulars Generation Bentley will enter its impressive Continental GT3 for its driver trio James Appleby, Steve Tandy and Jody Fannin. Two more British teams will join the 23 cars in the Pro-Am field: Beechdean AMR – like Leonard Motorsport AMR a partner team of Aston Martin Racing – and Triple 888 Racing, which brings the total number of BMW Z4 GT3 in the Pro-Am Cup to five. They will not be the only British teams vying for top honours as Blancpain Endurance Series regulars Nissan GT Academy Team RJN, MP Motorsport AMR and Ecurie Ecosse will certainly do the same.
Friday, 23 May
16:45 – 17:45 Bronze Test
Saturday, 24 May
09:00 – 10:30 Free Practice
12:50 – 14:20 Pre Qualifying Practice
Sunday, 25 May
09:00 – 10:00 Qualifying Practice
14:55 – 17:55 Main Race