As was announced at the end of the 2017 season, the SRO Motorsports Group wishes to slow the increasing professionalisation of the Blancpain GT Series, where the average number of Pro cars increased from 11 in 2011 to 32 in 2017. In order to do so, the following sporting evolutions will be taken for the 2018 season.
As recently announced, in order to make the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup more appealing for non-professional drivers, the maximum number of cars with a full Pro line-up has been limited to 26. Exceptions will be made for the Total 24 Hours of Spa, not only a round of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup but also of the Intercontinental GT Challenge.
Driver pairings in the Pro-Am Cup of the endurance races will be solely made out of two Bronze and one professional driver. However, the possible derogations for two-driver line-ups will remain applicable, although the driving time for the Pro driver has been slightly reduced. For Spa, the line-up will be Platinum/Platinum/Bronze/
In order for each driver to be guaranteed to play a role in qualifying for the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup races, the starting grid will be determined by the average of the times of all drivers sharing a car. This will also apply for the Total 24 Hours of Spa. For cars with two drivers, one of the drivers will race in two sessions. Each driver will have a designated new set of tyres for their 15-minute qualifying session.
In the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup, a more traditional GT3 format will be adopted. Driver 1 will take part in Qualifying 1, which will set the grid for Race 1, which they will start. Driver 2 will take part in Qualifying 2 to set the grid for Race 2, which he or she will start. Both races will score equal points, which will be reduced in order to maintain the balance between Sprint and Endurance Cups. In qualifying, points will be given to the team and drivers on pole in both races.
The Silver Cup, reserved for cars with all-Silver driver line-ups will be extended to the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. Cars with a Silver/Silver/Bronze line-up will be allowed to race in the Silver Cup should they wish. For Spa, a fourth Silver driver may be added. An Overall title will also be awarded.
To help in incidents and to emphasize safety, a driver-facing camera will be adopted in all races. Further improvements will include the introduction of GPS in the cars and lifting bars to aid in recovery.
The Prize Fund is expanded to the Silver Cup and in collaboration with partner TM Performance an innovative Accident Compensation Fund is implemented. This brings the total amount of money for distribution to the teams to well over two million euros.
The 2018 season of the Blancpain GT Series starts with the Official Test Days at Circuit Paul Ricard on March 13-14. The Belgian circuit of Zolder will host the first race meeting of the new season, on April 6-8.
Marciello grabs last gasp pole Macau
Belgian Audi Club Team WRT turns up the
Belgian Audi Club Team WRT secures pole
‘Police’ halts the FIA GT World Cup qual
Mortara and Mercedes-Benz are FIA GT Wor
FIA GT World Cup: Biggest repair effort
FIA GT World Cup: Audi team works after
GT World Cup former Macau winners lock o
Engel claims last minute fastest lap in
Rosenqvist switches to GT for the 2017 M
FIA GT World Cup entries strongest yet
Christopher Haase takes pole for Mazda R
Eight manufacturers competing in Mazda R
Bortolotti, Engelhart and Grasser Racing
Stephen Earle wins 2017 Iron Cup title i
Festival de la Velocidad hosts 2017 Blan
Barcelona offers stunning backdrop for t
Negri switches classes, posts similar re
Robin Frijns and Stuart Leonard 2017 Spr
2018 Silverstone round date postponed
Buhk and Perera take win in Qualifying R
Dries Vanthoor takes pole at the Nurburg
Audi remain on top at Nurburgring
Dries Vanthoor continues leading streak
Porsche secure dominant pole at CoTA
Toyota on top ahead of qualifying in Tex
Porsche on top at end of day 1 in Texas
Team Bleekemolen leads 24H Barcelona on
Porsche sets the pace in Mexico first pr
Interview with 24 Hours of Le Mans LMGTE
Pons claims 2017 Blancpain GT title, as
GRT Grasser Racing team Lamborghini lead
Tequila Patrón ESM signs Derani for 2018
Risi Competizione Returning to WeatherTe
WeatherTech Championship Title Races Tak
Porsche takes 1-2 after thrilling fight;
Porsche edges Toyota in first free pract
Toyota Sets New Record to Take Pole at L