Record field set to take on the unique challenge of the Total 24Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL)
The marquee event of the Blancpain Endurance Series, the Total 24 Hours of Spa, will feature a record field of GT3 cars rumbling through the Belgian Ardennes from 26-29 July in pursuit of one of motorsport’s most coveted trophies. For this very special event, Blancpain invites every Motorsport fan to follow the race hour after hour on the Blancpain Race Weekends Blog.
The entry list for 2012 totals 67 cars – a record for cars of the same GT3 category – and unrivalled anywhere in the annals of GT sportscar history. In all, 12 brands are assembled – Audi, Aston Martin, BMW, Dodge, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes, Ford Mustang, Nissan and Porsche – with teams and drivers representing more than 25 nations.
“For over a decade, the Total 24 Hours of Spa has been the season highlight of the SRO Motorsports Group, and over the years we have had some great races,” says Stephane Ratel, Founder and CEO of SRO Motorsports Group. “But we have never before faced the prospect of such a magnificent grid, with what must be one of the largest fields ever of a single category of cars.
Marc A. Hayek, President & CEO of Blancpain, who will partner fellow former winners Dutchmen Peter Kox and Jos Menten in the Blancpain Reiter Lamborghini, is delighted to be part of the Spa spectacular once again.
“This second season confirms the great success of the Blancpain Endurance Series. It’s fantastic to see so many participants of such quality recognizing the effort of the organizers to revive the very essence of GT racing and looking forward to compete on the most prestigious European circuits,” he said. “And this is particularly true for this fourth round in Spa-Francorchamps combining all the successful features of the Championship with one of the most iconic endurance races in the world. See you on the starting grid!”
The event program also includes the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo. The track action begins on Thursday with Free Practice, Pre-Qualifying and day and night Qualifying. Super Pole, an innovation for 2012, is on Friday with the race start at 16:00 local time on Saturday.