Extensive cooperation between Blancpain GT Series and Pirelli World Challenge
With closer BOP and identical tires, it will be easy for teams in both series to compete in one or more races of the other championship.
The Blancpain GT Series and Pirelli World Challenge, arguably among the best GT Series in the world, have established an extensive cooperation which will see the best teams of the two Series in action on both sides of the Atlantic.
With the Blancpain GT Series being organised mainly in Europe and the Pirelli World Challenge in America, collaboration between the two series makes sense in more than one way.
First of all, a common technical base will be advantageous for both series, which share Pirelli as an official tyre supplier. Already, the technical staffs exchange information on the Balance of Performance, the basis of success in GT3 Racing.
With closer BOP and identical tires, it will be easy for teams in both series to compete in one or more races of the other championship. That is why the three best placed cars in the final standings of the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge will be invited to participate in this year’s Baku World Challenge, the final round of the Blancpain GT Series. The three teams will benefit from the same logistical and financial support granted to the European teams racing in the event.
In 2016 it will be the Blancpain GT Series’ best who will cross the ocean. The top three finishers of this year’s series will be granted financial and logistical support to compete in a Pirelli World Challenge round. The round in question will be announced in due course.
Furthermore, the organisers of both series are working hard on a future project which would include holding a Blancpain GT Series round during a Pirelli World Challenge event in the United States, while the first European round of the Pirelli World Challenge would be held as part of a Blancpain GT Series meeting.
Scott Bove (WC Vision President and CEO) : "The Pirelli World Challenge and the Blancpain GT Series share similar desires to expand their product outside their existing markets. Pirelli is the common denominator being the official tire supplier for both series. Both the Series have developed a strong world-wide presence with international drivers, teams and manufacturers competing. It's now time to take our brand of racing to a global stage as a true World Challenge."
Stephane Ratel (CEO and Founder SRO Motorsports Group): “Getting an American circuit on the Blancpain GT Series’ calendar has always been one of my pet projects. The best way to do that is to work together with people who know the ins and outs of racing in the United States. The organisers of the Pirelli World Challenge and the people at SRO Motorsports Group share the same philosophy on GT racing: it should be competitive, spectacular and entertaining for the fans. It is no use for each of us to do our own thing in our own corner, when sharing our knowledge could produce far better results.”
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