Holidays are over for the Blancpain GT Series community but the next event will still have a summer taste, with the Sprint Cup heading to one of the most beautiful European capitals, Budapest, and the forecasts pointing to very high temperatures. It is the first time that the Hungaroring, the track in the hilly outskirts of Budapest, is visited by the Blancpain GT Series and there is high expectation ahead of this penultimate event of the Sprint Cup, which could be crucial for the title fight. Among those taking this round with a sense of maximum importance is the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT, which is very well-placed in the Drivers’ standings, thanks to Enzo Ide-Christopher Mies, currently lying second only 3 points behind the leaders.
Laurens Vanthoor-Fred Vervisch are also still in contention, but 18 points behind, while in the Teams’ standings, games are quite open too. The Belgian squad is heading to Hungary with its usual entry of six Audis R8 LMS with their standard line-ups.
Team Principal Vincent Vosse is confident ahead this first time in Hungary: « We have never raced at the Hungaroring, but went there for a private test in early summer and had very positive feedback. I think the Audi R8 LMS should do well there, on a track which is more technical than it looks. We will have to see how the heat wave that is foreseen to hit Central Europe this week will play; we can expect very high temperatures… It will also be key to qualify well. This has become very important in any Blancpain event, given the level of competitiveness, but it will be even more so at the Hungaroring, a track where overtaking is very difficult, as we all know. Still, I am confident: in the last Sprint event at the Nürburgring, we had a very good team performance and I expect to have all of our six cars fight for top positions. The objective is to collect as many podium finishes as possible, which is what we need to keep the title fights alive until the last round. »
Enzo Ide and Christopher Mies are the best card of the Belgian squad in the Drivers’ competition. The Belgian-German duo has had a terrific season so far, inviting itself to the title fight. With a gap of only 3 points, every dream is possible. Christopher Mies will be certainly boosted by his recent successes in the German ADAC GT Masters, which he is now leading, while Enzo Ide is more determined than ever. “Being the one before last, this is going to be a very important round