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Blancpain GT Series News Notebook: Attempto Huracan, AF Corse 458 & 488

Mul and van Splunteren for Attempto Huracan

Jeroen Mul and Max van Splunteren have been selected for the Lamborghini Squadra Corse GT3 Junior Team and will contest the 2016 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup with a Huracán GT3 run by Attempto Racing.

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Stéphane Ratel (above) was in Leusden, Netherlands to help unveil the effort for the two young Dutch drivers with the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 revealed in the livery of main sponsor NEC.

Jeroen Mul: “Last year I already drove for Lamborghini, so this coming season, which is my tenth by the way! will be a continuation of my excellent relationship with the factory. I have a special connection with this brand, with the people in the factory, at the race department Squadra Corse and with the Dutch affiliate in Leusden.” He is also looking forward to work together with Max van Splunteren and with Attempto Racing: “I know this team from the Porsche Supercup series, when we raced against each other. So I know their strength and it will be great to work together. Of course I have known Max for several years now and I have seen how dedicated he is. Within a team it is important that you share not just the car but information, tactics, the whole lot. I’m sure this will work out well with Max.”

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Max van Splintered: “It is a great honour to drive for Lamborghini, an automotive brand with a rich heritage. And we expect this Huracán GT3 to be very competitive, especially with this well-known team.”

Van Splunteren will also compete in the Blancpain GT Sprint Series with Italian driver Davide Valsecchi. “All together some ten races with Lamborghini, not counting the necessary test days. That will be a fairly busy season, but I am confident that we can compete for the podium and maybe more; the Huracán is fast and reliable, my teammate knowns the car well and has proven that he can win races. On top of that Attempto Racing are masters of their game. I look forward to this season to be my best ever.”

Green and Black 458 for Companc/ Balzan/ Giammaria

Ezequiel Companc Jr, 2013 Italian GT Champion Raffaele Giammaria and 2013 Grand Am GT Champion Alessandro Balzan are set to contest the 2016 Blancpain GT Series in an AF Corse entered Ferrari 458 GT3.

The effort should stand out with a rather different looking black and green liveried Ferrari

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Lathouras Part of AF Corse BES Attack with 488 GT3

Pasin Lathouras is set to be part of AF Corse’s Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup plans this year; the Thai will drive a new Ferrari 488 GT3.
 
This will be the 22 year old’s third season racing in Europe.

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He was Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific Vice-Champion in 2012 and Champion in 2013 before he switched continents, competing in the British GT Championship in 2014 and then International GT Open in 2015.
 
2015 saw Lathouras finish as runner up in GT Open and take the Pro-Am win at the Spa 24 Hours.

Pasin Lathouras: “We thought long and hard about this year and there were many options to explore, but Blancpain is really the ‘jewel in the crown’, it’s the toughest out there and we kept coming back to that and when we got movement in that direction it was the only option we really wanted to push at. It’s not going to be easy and I’m going to have to get used to being a bit further back on the grid, but it’s really a learning year. I want to thank AF Corse for the opportunity and also to get to drive the new 488, needless to say I’m pretty excited to be getting to drive this car and thanks to the team for making it all come together.”