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Blancpain GT Series – Endurance Cup

13 May 2017 - 14 May 2017 13 May 2017 09:00 14 May 2017 18:00 Europe/London Blancpain GT Series – Endurance Cup The Blancpain GT Series is the world’s best supported GT3 racing series. Last year's Silverstone grid was 61 cars strong. Silverstone Circuit

45Days 8Hours
 

Overview

2017’s Blancpain GT Series is shaping up to be another exciting season in the closest GT3 championship of the motorsports planet. Last year saw a notable increase of the cars on the grid, and that growth continues this season: the world’s biggest GT series got even bigger!

The Blancpain GT Series consists out of five Sprint events and five Endurance events, the Silverstone round being one of the latter. No less than 12 manufacturers are represented on this year’s starting grid. Add to that an ever increasing number of top notch drivers – from former Grand Prix and Le Mans-winners to the best GT drivers in the world – and it is clear that the upcoming season will be one you cannot afford to miss. Many top British teams and drivers compete in the series and will be keen to shine on home turf.

To keep up to date with the championship please visit the Blancpain GT Series website, or download the official Blancpain GT Series APP available for free on Android and iOS via Google Play and the App Store.

Facebook page : Blancpain GT Series
Twitter account : @BlancpainGT #blancpaingt
Instagram account : @blancpaingtseries #blancpaingt

 

Ticket Prices

Advance ticket sales are now closed. You will now be able to purchase tickets at the gates when you arrive, at on the day prices.

All tickets purchase after 09:00 on Monday 8 May will be held at ticket collection, please see ticket collection tab for more info.

Advance

On The Day

Adult Child* Adult Child*
Saturday £12 Free £15 Free
Sunday £20 Free £26 Free
Weekend £26 Free £30 Free

*Children aged 15 and under

Programme Vouchers

Programme vouchers for the Silverstone round of the 2017 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup are available to purchase in advance for £5. Programme vouchers will be sent out with your tickets and you will be able to exchange your voucher at the programme sales points, on the day. Vouchers can only be purchased in advance.

What’s Included

  • Free roving grandstand seating
  • Free Pit Walk (see timetable)
  • Children aged 15 and under can attend for FREE
  • Free Access to the Heritage Paddock
  • Free circuit Parking
  • Silverstone Radio live on 1602 AM – keep up to date with the latest track action
  • Amazing Grids
  • Top notch drivers – from Grand Prix and Le Mans winners to the best GT drivers in the World
  • Supercars galore

Race Details

2017 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup – Silverstone provisional entry list

The Blancpain GT Series arguably is the best international GT3 championship on the motorsports planet. Organiser SRO Motorsports Group has successfully united five endurance events (forming the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup) and five sprint events (the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup) to further improve the success of the series. Since 2016 both the Sprint Cup and Endurance Cup adapt the same driver categories and points system, so at the end of the season the most complete of GT drivers are crowned.

Each race sees an overall result, but also classifications in the Pro-Am Cup and Am Cup.

A Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup event consists of two races of one hour per event, while the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup races range from three-hour events through a 1000 km race to the season highlight of the Total 24 Hours of Spa, the world’s leading 24-hour race reserved for GT3 cars. The Silverstone event is a three-hour race, with two mandatory pit stops.

Competing manufacturers include:

  • Aston Martin
  • Audi
  • Bentley
  • BMW
  • Chevrolet
  • Ferrari
  • Jaguar
  • Lamborghini
  • McLaren
  • Mercedes Benz
  • Nissan
  • Porsche

 

Support Races

  • Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup
  • Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo
  • Blancpain GT Sports Club

Silverstone Preview

The Blancpain GT Series teams and drivers always appreciate a visit to Silverstone, the Home of British Motor Racing. The track has been the setting for some of the best races in the history of the series and the British fans – real connoisseurs of sports car racing – always appreciate the presence of some of the best GT teams and drivers in the world.

With 55 teams at the start of the second endurance race of the season, this should also be the case this year. Thanks to their recent performances in Monza and Brands Hatch Mirko Bortolotti and Christian Engelhart, sharing the #63 Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini with Andrea Caldarelli, travel to Silverstone with a five-point lead over HTP Motorsport-duo Franck Perera and Maxi Buhk.

However, it is far from certain that those cars will also be fighting for the win in Silverstone as well. Monza showed that the difference between the cars in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup is extremely small. At least a dozen GT3’s could be among the frontrunners, but for some teams, a disappointing start of the season may put some extra pressure in their search for a good result.

Among those are two squads that will certainly be among the British crowd’s favourites: Bentley Team M-Sport and Strakka Racing. The latter, having scored only 19 points for the team standings in the opening three rounds of 2017, would love to repeat the win McLaren scored two years ago. With reigning endurance champions Côme Ledogar and Rob Bell among their ranks, this is certainly a possibility.

Bentley Team M-Sport has a better position in the team standings – third with 33 points – but after a disappointing weekend in Brands Hatch, the Bentley Boys are aiming to finish the second part of the British double-header on a positive note.

Another British brand to receive ever increasing support is Jaguar, even though the Monza round left Emil Frey Jaguar Racing wanting for more. With former F1-driver Christian Klien and former Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup champion Stéphane Ortelli in their ranks, the Swiss squad could be a contender.

Silverstone is not only the home race for the British manufacturers. British drivers and teams competing with non-British machinery are aiming for a splendid performance as well. With Motul Team RJN representing the Nissan colours, and Barwell Motorsport entering two of the competitive Lamborghini Huracan, chances to see a Union Jack flying during the podium ceremonies increase significantly.

Fun facts about the 3h Race

  • The winner of the 2016 Silverstone Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup was the #84 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of HTP Motorsport. The drivers were Dominik Baumann, Jazeman Jaafar, Maximilian Buhk and they completed 83 laps.
  • It was Buhk and Baumann’s only win in an endurance race, on their way to the 2016 Blancpain GT Series drivers’ title.
  • The winner of the Pro-Am category, the #56 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG of Maro Engel, Miguel Toril and Oliver Morley, was still in third when the countdown clock got to 0:00:00. In the last lap-and-a-half, Engel overtook two cars to take the class win.

2017 Calendar

Date Location
13-14 March Circuit Paul Ricard (FRA) – Test Days
1-2 April Misano (ITA) – Sprint
22-23 April Monza (ITA) – Endurance 3 hours
6-7 May Brands Hatch (GBR) – Sprint
13-14 MAY SILVERSTONE (GBR) – Endurance 3 hours
2-4 June Circuit Zolder (BEL) – Sprint
23-24 June Circuit Paul Ricard (FRA) – Endurance 1000kms
4 July Circuit de Spa-Franchorchamps (BEL) – Total 24 hours of Spa (Test Day)
27-30 July Circuit de Spa-Franchorchamps (BEL) – Endurance 24 hours
26-27 August Hungaroring (HUN) – Sprint
16-17 September Nürburgring (DEU) – Sprint
1-2 October Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (ESP) – Endurance 3 hours

Ticket Collection Opening Hours

All orders purchased after 09:00 Monday 8 May will be held for collection at the circuit. Ticket collection will be available in the Welcome Centre opposite the main gate entrance at the following times:

  • Saturday 15 April: 08:00 – 17:00
  • Sunday 16 April: 08:00 – 14:00

Open Grandstands

The following grandstands will be open at the following times:

  • Saturday: 08:00-18.15*
  • Sunday: 08:00-18:00*
Saturday Sunday
National Pits Straight National Pits Straight
Silverstone Six Silverstone Six
Woodcote B (disabled viewing available) Woodcote B (disabled viewing available)

*subject to change

Food & Drink

We will have a great range of hot and cold food options for you to purchase during the event from our Pit Stop Café. Click on the following links to download the menus for each day:

Pit Stop Café:

Timetable

  • Saturday 13 May
    Time Session Category
    08:00 Gates open
    09:00 – 09:35 Qualifying Practice 1 (15/5/15) Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup
    09:45 – 10:35 Qualifying (20/10/20) Lamborghini Super Trofeo
    10:45 – 11:45 Free Practice Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup
    12:10 – 12:35 Qualifying Race Blancpain GT Sports Club
    12:45 – 13:25 Lunch break & Pit Walk
    13:50 – 14:17 Race 1 (25 mins + 1 lap) Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup
    14:50 – 15:40 Race 1 Lamborghini Super Trofeo
    15:55 – 16:55 Pre-Qualifying Session Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup
    17:20 – 18:00 Main Race Blancpain GT Sports Club

    Timetable is provisional and subject to change.

  • Sunday 14 May
    Time Session Category
    08:00 Gates open
    09:00 – 09:30 Qualifying 2 (15/5/15) Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup
    09:45 – 10:45 Qualifying Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup
    10:55 – 11:10 Church break
    11:30 – 12:20 Race 2 Lamborghini Super Trofeo
    12:25 – 13:10 Lunch break & Pit Walk
    12:25 – 12:40 Bentley Parade Laps
    12:40 – 13:10 Lamborghini Parade Laps
    13:35 – 14:02 Race 2 (25 mins + 1 lap) Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup
    14:55 – 17:55 Race Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup

    Timetable is provisional and subject to change.

 

FAQs

  • Where can I find out more about disabled accessibility?

    Please look at the Accessibility section of our website (under Visiting/Disabled Information). For more information please call 0844 3728 232.

  • CAN I GET INTO THE PADDOCK AREA?
    Yes, you can get into the Paddock.
  • ARE THERE ANY PITWALKS?
    Yes, a Pit Walk will take place on Sunday (times tbc). Access is restricted, so it will be on a first come first served basis.
  • Where does my ticket entitle me to go/what are the ticket options
    You will be able to get in the Heritage Paddock, any grandstands open for roving and you also free to go take a look at the general viewing locations around the circuit.
  • Are there any cash machines on site?

    Yes, there is a cash machine available in the Pit Stop Cafe but please note that there is a charge for withdrawals.

  • Can you purchase silverstone merchandise at the event?

    Yes, the Silverstone shops sell a variety of merchandise! Alternatively, buy online in advance to avoid disappointment.

  • Can you purchase suncream/ batteries/ plasters films/ cameras /emergency medicines etc at the event

    Yes, our Silverstone Paddock shop sells these essential items! Please download the event map to locate these shop locations.

  • can i use my push bike around the circuit

    Bikes can sometimes be used at the circuit, although they are not advised at this event as the circuit is too busy.

  • CAN I LEAVE THE CIRCUIT AND RE-ENTER IN ONE DAY?

    Yes, this is possible; please ensure the staff at the gate stamp your hand as you leave the circuit. Re-entry to the site will only be permitted if the person has their hand stamped and is in possession of a valid ticket for the event. Please review the timetable to check last re-entry times each day.

  • CAN I TAKE PHOTOS?

    Photographic equipment, mobile telephones and other communications devices are permitted within the venue provided that they are used for personal and private non-commercial purposes.

  • I HAVE NOT RECEIVED MY TICKETS BY POST

    Ticket dispatch starts four – six weeks before the Event, but tickets may be sent out anytime up until one week prior to the event.

  • WHAT IF I AM PICKING MY TICKETS UP FROM TICKET COLLECTION AT THE EVENT?

    If you have booked after the advance despatch deadline tickets will be available for collection at Ticket collection. ID is required (For example driving licence), email conformation as well/booking reference. If it is not the purchaser collecting the tickets the purchaser would need to have written a letter giving the non-purchaser permission to collect the tickets to pass to us for proof. Please park your car in the public car park and then make your way to Ticket Collection. Please check ticket collection opening times.

  • DO CHILDREN NEED A TICKET?

    Children aged 15 years and under will need a ticket for Entry to the venue. Please ensure you select the number of child tickets you require at the time of purchasing. One adult can accompany up to maximum four children.

    If you have any questions please call the Contact Centre on 0844 3750 740.

  • WHEN WILL MY TICKETS BE DESPATCHED?

    Ticket dispatch starts four – six weeks before the Event but tickets may be sent out anytime up until one week prior to the event.

  • WHAT AGE DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO BE CLASSED AS A CHILD?

    15 years and under on the day of the event is classed as a child.

  • CAN I BUY A TICKET ON THE GATE?

    Yes you can. We highly recommended buying in advance to get the best ticket prices.

  • WHICH CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS DO YOU ACCEPT?

    We accept most major credit and debit cards with the exception of American Express and Diners Club cards.

  • WHERE CAN BLUE BADGE HOLDERS PARK?

    There are a number of disabled parking areas available please call 0844 3728 232 for more information.

  • My ticket confirmation has my old delivery address on it, what shall i do?

    Please forward the confirmation email to us on enquiries@silverstone.co.uk detailing your new address and a daytime contact number. We will then arrange for tickets to be dispatched to the new address.

  • Where can i park/travel options

    To ensure your visit to Silverstone runs as smoothly as possible please ensure you leave plenty of time for your journey and to make the most of your day.

    Parking on site
    Parking on site is free please follow signs for public parking and take directions for our car parking stewards.

    Train
    The nearest mainline train stations are Milton Keynes and Northampton. Please check connecting bus services in order to ensure you can connect to Silverstone at a convenient time. Alternatively taxi journey is a short ride to Silverstone from these stations. Approx 30mins.

  • What time do car parks open?

    Car parks open up to half an hour before Circuit Gate Opening Times. Please note that this is subject to change.

  • WHAT TIME DO GATES OPEN?

    Gates will open at 8:00am on Saturday and Sunday.

  • How do i get to Silverstone?

    Please see the travel section.

  • How much does it cost to park at Silverstone?

    Parking is Free at Silverstone circuit for this Event.

  • Do i need a parking permit for my motorbike?

    No you don’t need a parking permit for your motorbike.

  • Where can i park overnight?

    Unfortunately Silverstone does not overnight parking in its car parks and public car parks will be closed overnight.

  • where is the nearest train station?
    Silverstone is situated between three stations: Northampton, Milton Keynes and Banbury. They are all approximately 30 minutes from the circuit.
  • How can i purchase camping tickets?

    No, there is no camping available at Silverstone Circuit for this event, we do however have a number of nearby.

  • DO I NEED TO PURCHASE A PARKING PASS IF I HAVE A CAMPING TICKET?

    Not a Silverstone Circuit. Please check with your campsite operator for details about the campsite.

  • Food & Drink

    We have a wide range of vendors around the circuit for all tastes. We have traditional hot snacks such as burgers, fish & chips, jacket potatoes and pies to paninis, baguettes and vegetarian food – but we’re sure you’ll find numerous other options that are very tempting indeed. There are also a number of licensed bars serving beer and other refreshments. Please kindly note that no glass bottles are allowed to be brought into the circuit at any time. You will be asked to leave any glass bottles at the gates if you do bring them.

  • SILVERSTONE POLICY STATEMENT ON ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES.

    Silverstone Circuits Ltd and the police have a zero tolerance policy to illegal substances. The dealing in or use of illegal drugs is not condoned by Silverstone Circuits Ltd. Drug enforcement laws are as applicable on site as anywhere else in the country. Police officers and security guards will be on site and will deal with drug offences in accordance with national guidelines. Neither anti-social nor illegal behaviour will be tolerated. You may be searched at the entrance. Any items which the organisers consider may be used in an illegal or offensive manner will be confiscated. Persons suspected of carrying out illegal and / or offensive activities onsite may be searched. If you do get caught you will be escorted off the site, and refused re-admission.

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