This Sunday (November 27th) the annual SRO Prize Giving ceremony will take place in London. Not only will the drivers’ champions get their hands on some shining silverware, but several Blancpain GT Series teams will also see their hard work during 2016 rewarded with a title.
2016 was arguably one of the most exciting seasons in the history of the Blancpain GT Series.
Not only were the fights for the drivers’ titles sometimes nerve-wrecking, but the quest for the teams’ trophies caused some sleep deprivation for team bosses, too.
The overall Blancpain GT Series teams’ title went to HTP Motorsport, for the first time in its existence. Thanks to some excellent team work, the German squad scored a mere seven points more than their eternal rivals, Belgian Audi Club Team WRT. Vincent Vosse’s squad was not left empty handed, however, for it claimed the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup teams’ title. In the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, another Belgian team manager, Bas Leinders, led Garage 59 to the crown.
In the Pro-Am and Am categories Ferrari teams dominated the title races. Kessel Racing proved to be the most successful squad, claiming the Pro-Am teams’ title in the overall championship, the Sprint Cup and the Endurance Cup. The Swiss squad can also add the trophy for best Am Cup team in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup to their cabinet.
Mainly thanks to Claudio Sdanewitsch’ efforts, Italian team AF Corse was able to conquer the Am Cup teams’ titles in the overall Blancpain GT Series and the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup.
Renaud Dufour – HTP Motorsport – Mercedes-AMG GT3 – Blancpain GT Series Team Champion
“When we saw the entry list at the beginning of the season, with so many high-level works teams and pro drivers, we all agreed it was the biggest challenge we had ever faced. As a result, winning the Blancpain GT Series teams’ title will remain one of HTP’s greatest achievements. Having won a couple of drivers’ titles in the past, it means a lot for us to add this overall teams’ trophy. Starting for the second year in a row with a new car and trying to be at the top every weekend requires a lot of energy from all team members; it is hard and needs a lot of sacrifices. This trophy is a nice reward for the dedication of all mechanics, drivers, managers and engineers of the team. We are thankful to SRO for organising such a nice and competitive championship. Having this number of professional GT teams on the grid is just incredible…. The Blancpain GT Series is now definitely the toughest and most competitive GT championship in the world. What would we like to see in 2017? The taste of the Total 24 Hours of Spa podium is a bit distant now and we would definitely like to get back on it, preferably on the top step!