Blancpain Monza: The Belgium Audi WRT wants another scenario

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A fortnight after the start of the Sprint Cup, it is now the turn of the Endurance Cup, the other championship of the Blancpain GT Series, to kick-off. The world’s GT élite will again enjoy the warm embrace of Italian fans, as it is another track in the peninsula to host the Endurance Cup season-opener, and no less than the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, one of the paramount temples of speed. After a difficult weekend at Misano, the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT is hoping in a completely different scenario, although knowing that the long straights of Monza have never been particularly friendly to the Audis R8 LMS.

Still, a race of 3 hours is a completely different game and the team is extremely motivated to do well and exploit to the fullest its expertise in longer races. Four cars will be entered and the 2017 driver line-ups are full of changes and promises!

Car #2 sees a completely new trio, composed of Nathanaël Berthon, who has won this year the Tropée Andros with Team WRT on a very different kind of ground, Stéphane Richelmi, who comes back to the Belgian squad for which he drove in 2015, and Bénoît Tréluyer. The 40-year-old Frenchman joins with one WEC World Champion title and three wins at Le Mans 24 Hours under his belt, but ready to enrich its string of successes with Audi.  “This season, I want to enjoy myself and push my limits


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