22/06/2016 – Following a month-long break, Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 2016 will resume this coming weekend with the third round of the season, race scheduled at the circuit of Paul Ricard in France.
The result of the first two rounds showcased the great potential of I.S.R. racing that could not capitalize on what truly deserved only due to some episodes. The two Audi R8 LMS run by the Czech team will try and get the most of the data collected so far to be protagonist in Le Castellet.
The number 75 PRO lineup made by Filip Salaquarda (CZ), Frank Stippler (GER) and Marlon Stockinger (PHL)will be called to confirm the performance shown in Silverstone, when they put in a stunning fourteen-place recovery, hunting for a strong result while doing so. Frank Perera (FRA), Henri Hassid (FRA) and Philippe Giauque (CH), after the Pro Am podium obtained in the United Kingdom, will try and score some further points to remain protagonist of the championship.
The racing programme will kick off on Friday June 24thwith Bronze Tests from local 10:00 (GMT +2), as the free practice session will follow at 14:10. The Pre Qualifying Session will begin at17:05 and will close the racing day ahead of the Track Walk of 21:00. Engines will switch on again on Saturday at 9:45 for the qualifying session, that will proceed the Main Race scheduled for 18:00. The race will mostly run in the night and will end at midnight.
TV coverage of the event did not change in this occasion, and Motors TV will broadcast the race live in Europe, while several networks, among which Eurosport andBloomberg, will show highlights. Eurosport, Bloombergand Fox Sport 3 will cover the event in Asia. Live streaming and live timing will be available at www.blancpain-gt-series.com
Igor Salaquarda (I.S.R. racing, Team Principal):
“The round at Paul Ricard is going to be quite special and will be a crucial step for us ahead of the Total 24 Hours of Spa next July. Racing at dusk and overnight will be quite tricky, but we cannot wait to challenge our rivals also in these conditions. Weather should stay dry, with summer temperatures during the day and a 10 degrees temperature drop during the night. This is something to take into account while devising the tyres management strategy, as it could be the key to a good result”.