The SRO Motorsports Group has announced that it has made multiple changes to its 2019 calendars following the release of various other series schedules.
The biggest change concerns the Blancpain GT round at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Initially it was down as a Sprint Cup weekend (this year it was the Endurance Cup finale), instead it will continue to be an Endurance Cup meeting in 2019, with the round at the Nürburgring now back to being a Sprint Cup round. This change has been made to avoid a clash with the FIA WEC round at Silverstone and the Endurance Cup finale.
The race at Barcelona will now be held on the 28-29 September weekend, with the two Sprint Cup races at the Nürburgring now set to run on 30 August-1 September.
There’s also been a venue change, with the Sprint Cup round at the Red Bull Ring now changing to a meeting at Zandvoort. The date has also changed from 24-26 of May to 12-14 of July. It will mark the Blancpain Sprint Cup’s first visit to the venue since 2015.
This change has been made to “ease the logistical pressure ahead of the Endurance Cup round at Circuit Paul Ricard”.
Additionally, further tweaks have been made to other calendars as a result. The GT4 European Series willnow compete at Zandvoort in 2019 instead of Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. To avoid a clash with this, the Championnat de France FFSA GT – GT4 France will now race at Lédenon one week earlier than originally stated, moving to a 5-7 July date.
Finally, Blancpain GT Sports Club will once again compete at Misano in 2019, which returns to the calendar in place of the previously planned trip to the Hungaroring.
A number of official test days for the Blancpain GT Series can also be confirmed. This follows the announcement that in-season testing will not be permitted in 2019. The teams will be able to get extra running in ahead of the Endurance rounds of at Monza and Barcelona.
There will also be Test days ahead of Sprint weekends, though there’s no official word on which rounds will include pre-event testing as part of their schedule.