26/07/2015 – The final details have been sorted out at I.S.R. racing ahead of the most important event of the season: the Total 24 Hours of Spa, fourth act of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 2016 and penultimate round of the season is about to start this coming weekend.
The Czech outfit will field two partially new line ups. Audi R8 LMS number 75 will be driven by Marlon Stockinger (PHL), at the debut in this race, Filip Salaquarda (CZE) and Edoardo Mortara (ITA), who is in full figth for the 2016 DTM Championship on the Audi RS5.
The French ace Nicolas Lapierre will share driving duties with Philippe Giauque (CH), Henry Hassid (FRA) and Franck Perera (FRA) behind the wheels of the n.74 Audi R8 LMS in Pro-AM Cup. Lapierre claimed the victory in LMP2 at Nurbürgring in last week’s round of FIA WEC after the great won of the 24 Heures du Mans earlier this year in the same category. Mortara and Lapierre will certainly be an added value to aim to a strong result this weekend.
I.S.R. racing is currently third in Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Pro-Am Teams at 41 points, that is three clear of the runner up, while Perera, Giauque and Hassid are second in the drivers Pro-Am standing. The double score awarded in Spa Francorchamps will be an important chance not to miss eyeing at the championship.
Weather conditions are going to be very important as usual in the Ardennes and forecasts at the moment predict possible rain for qualifying, but drier conditions for the race.
Track action of this long weekend will start today with the Bronze Test from 14:55 (GMT +2). An intense day will follow on Thursday with free practice at 13:20, pre-qualifying at 17:45 and the two qualifying sessions at 20:00 and overnight at 21:45. The quickest drivers will challenge each other in the Super Pole on Friday at 18:00. On Saturday, the warm up will start at 9:05 and the race will get green lights at 16:30.
The spectacle of the Total 24 Hours of Spa, with sixty-four cars on track, will go live on Motors TV in Europe, while Eurosport and Bloomberg will show highlights of the race. The Belgian TV network RTBF will also cover part of the event live. Eurosport, Bloomberg and Fox Sport 3 will cover the event in Asia. Live Streaming and Live Timing services will be available as usual at www.blancpain-gt-series.com.
Igor Salaquarda (I.S.R. racing, Team Principal):
“Racing in Spa Francorchamps always gives incredible emotions to drivers, teams and spectators that will follow the race on grand stands. We have two competitive cars and we are motivated to do good things with Marlon, Filip and Edoardo in PRO but also with Philippe, Henry, Franck and Nicolas in Pro Am. This round marks the second year anniversary since our début in this series, which gives us one more reason to give our best in such an exciting weekend. The level of competitors is extremely high: this race awards double score and will be a good occasion to relaunch the classification”.