The Hungaroring has been named as the venue for the penultimate round of the 2017 Blancpain Sprint Cup season along with a return to Zolder has been confirmed in the finalised Blancpain GT Series calendar, released today by the SRO.
As has become the tradition, the season starts with a two-day official test at the Circuit Paul Ricard in the month of March, though since the provisional calendar was released, the dates have been moved forward from the 15th and 16th to the 13th and 14th. Then, just like in 2016, April sees an Italian double-header, with the season opener at the Circuit Marco Simoncelli in Misano, followed by the first of the endurance races at Monza.
The two Italian meetings are again followed by back-to-back races in Great Britain, a sprint event in Brands Hatch and an endurance race at Silverstone. Next up, on June 2nd to 4th, is a welcome return to the Belgian track of Zolder, in place of trip to Zandvoort which was originally planned for.
At the end of June, the teams will race into the night in the Circuit Paul Ricard 1000 km, after which it will be time to prepare for the highlight of the Blancpain GT Series season, the Total 24 Hours of Spa. The official test day for the Belgian endurance classic takes place on July 4th, with the race itself starting on Saturday July 29th.
After a welcome summer break, the second half of the season starts at the Hungaroring at the end of August, followed by the last of the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup races at the Nürburgring.
A three-hour endurance race at the Circuit de Catalunya rounds off the 2017 season of the Blancpain GT Series.
“After a successful 2016 it is clear that it was a good decision to reduce the Blancpain GT Series to ten rounds and to unite five sprint and five endurance races under one banner,” said Stephane Ratel, SRO Group CEO. “The fact that both Sprint and Endurance Cups now use the same category definitions and points system certainly added to the success of the formula.
“The 2017 calendar includes the well-known traditional meetings, but with a twist, to keep things fresh. I am very much looking forward to next year, to see some exciting GT3 racing once again!”
2017 Blancpain GT Series Calendar
13th-14th March Official Blancpain GT Series Test Day Paul Ricard
01st-02nd April Misano (ITA) – Sprint
22nd-23rd April Monza (ITA) – Endurance 3 hours
06th-07th May Brands Hatch (GBR) – Sprint
13th-14th May Silverstone (GBR) – Endurance 3 hours
02nd -04th June Zolder (BEL) – Sprint
23rd-24th June Circuit Paul Ricard (FRA) – Endurance 1000kms
04th July Official Test Day Total 24 Hours of Spa (BEL)
27th-30th July Total 24 Hours of Spa (BEL) – Endurance 24 hours
25th-27th August Budapest (HUN) – Sprint
15th-17th September Nürburgring (DEU) – Sprint
30th Sept-01st October Barcelona (ESP) – Endurance 3 hours