What is Blancpain?

The Blancpain GT Series is a European Touring Car Championship, established in 2011 around the legendary race: the 24 hours of Spa-Francorchamps. Indeed, this race was no longer part of the World Endurance Championship so SRO (Stephane Ratel Organisation) decided to create a championship around the famous Belgian Endurance race. Homologated by the FIA and ​​presented by SRO and RACB (Royal Automobile Club of Belgium), the championship is also supported by the famous Swiss watchmaker Blancpain.

Divided into several categories between professional and amateur drivers, SRO seeks to ensure a balance of performance between cars and has a high reactivity to correct any performance increase. With an average of 50 cars entered in each season, composed by professional and amateur drive teams on GT3 and GT4 cars, the Blancpain Endurance Series is a real success on the European Endurance races stage.
 

Race weekend format (3hours):

Free practice Qualifying practice Race (3h)
  • two 60-minute sessions
  • Qualifying practice: tree 15-minute sessions

(Grid decided by qualifying times.) The team chooses their first driver starting the race.

Format of the 24 hours of Spa:

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Saturday
  • Administrative checks
  • Drivers Parade
  • Free practice (1h30)
  • Pre-qualifying (1h30)
  • Qualifying (1h)
  • Night Qualifying (2 x 45 min)
  • Warm-up (20 minutes)
  • Race Start: 16h

Two pit stops are mandatory during 3-hour race (four wheels and driver change). During the 24 Hours of Spa, there are no wheels and/or driver change mandatory. However, a driver can’t drive more than 3 hours in a row.

 

Points allocation :

3-hour races 24h hours of Spa
  • FIA type allocation (25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1) by category.
  • Points after 6 hours racing:
    12.5 - 9 - 7.5 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 0.5 (per category)
  • Points after 12 hours racing:
    12.5 - 9 - 7.5 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 0.5 (per category)
  • Points after 24 hours racing:
    25 - 18 - 15 - 12 - 10 - 8 - 6 - 4 - 2 (per category)

There are no restrictions on the number of cars per teams. But only the points scored by the highest ranked car count for the Team Championship.

 

 

Find more info on the Official website.