The GT Sports Club came to life at the end of last year, to fill a gap that had been created due to the ever-increasing competitiveness of the Blancpain GT Series. Some gentlemen drivers felt they no longer had their place in the high-level GT Series, and looked for greener pastures.
To meet their demands – and to return to its amateur driver roots – the SRO Motorsports Group created the GT Sports Club, which is exclusively reserved for Bronze drivers. In this sprint series there will be only one driver per car, and each of the four meetings consists of a free practice and qualifying session, followed by a 25-minute Qualifying Race and a 40-minute Main Race.
The concept drew a lot of attention from Bronze drivers from all over the world and thirteen of them will participate in the inaugural meeting on the track near Barcelona, with more likely to join from the next event, when the GT Sports Club will be part of the popular Blancpain GT Series race meetings. Three categories exist in the GT Sports Club: the overall ranking, the newly-created Iron Cup for drivers aged 60 and over, and the Cup Class for drivers with cars from single-make championships.
In Barcelona all three categories will be represented, with the majority of the field competing for the overall win. Five prestigious car brands (Aston Martin, Audi, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche) will be on the grid, entered by eight different teams. The thirteen cars will be driven by drivers from seven countries, and with competitors from Hong Kong, South Africa and the United States travelling to Spain to challenge the European stalwarts, the racing promises to be fierce.
With a new series goes a new website. www.gtsportsclub.com is launched today, to provide fans and competitors with live timing, photo galleries and news on the brand new series.
Stephane Ratel (CEO and Founder SRO Motorsports Group): “I did not like to see some gentlemen drivers hang up their helmet because they felt discouraged after witnessing the level of competition in GT3 Racing. I wanted to create a relaxed, but still competitive environment especially for them and the GT Sports Club is just that. I believe in the concept and am confident this new Series will grow and fit well next to the Blancpain GT Series.”
Stefano Pezzucchi (#35 Krypton Motorsport Porsche): “I am very happy to take part in the opening race of the new GT Sports Club championship held in Barcelona. This race will mark our debut in an SRO competition but I hope we will be able to take part in other races as well. We aim to show our potential as a team/car package in our first race in Barcelona.”
Jean-Michel Baert (Team WRT Audi R8 LMS): “When I saw the letter of Stephane Ratel describing this new championship, I was immediately convinced to participate. Racing in a relaxed atmosphere, on great tracks, that is what I like. I have been dabbling with my R8 during trackdays for the last couple of years, now I’m ready to go racing with it. Especially since I will have Vincent Vosse and his crew on my side.”
Friday 17 April
Free Practice 17:30
Saturday 18 April
Qualifying Practice 11:40
Qualifying Race 15:45
Sunday 19 April
Main Race 12:00