Blancpain GT World Challenge reaches penultimate round in Germany

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

With the opening round of the new 2019-20 World Endurance Championship from Silverstone already stealing the headlines, this weekend also sees another busy schedule of European racing with three series reaching or about to reach their conclusions.

The Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe reaches its penultimate round of the season at the Nurburgring this weekend after something of a slow start with both the series calendar and one Aston Martin Racing customer team but now with one crew very much in the mix for a class title with just four hours of racing left to run in 2019.

Much like the start of the season, R-Motorpsort had something of a slowish start to the season with their crews competing in both the Pro and Silver Cup classes. Whilst the Pro #76 car of Ricky Collard and Marvin Kirchhofer made for the early points at the opening races at Brands Hatch back in early May, it has since been the #62 Silver Cup pairing of Aaro Vainio and Hugo de Sadeleer who have stolen the march within the team to presently lie P2 in their Championship class going into this penultimate event of the season.

Back to back class wins last time out at the twisty coastal circuit of Zandvoort in Holland has helped to elevate the Finnish/Swiss pairing to just 15 points behind the Akka ASP Mercedes pairing of Nico Bastian and Thomas Neubauer.

For the Pro pairing, and despite promising Qualifying positions at some rounds has seen the duo fall behind in the Championship standings to P9 on 19.5 points whilst the lead car sits happily on 61.5pts.  With 16.5pts available per race that obviously means that the #76 are far from being out of contention before the Championship reaches its finale in Hungary in just over one weeks time but in order to place themselves into that position a decent points haul in Germany is a must.

As usual, both Free Practice sessions take place on Friday ahead of Qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday with the final one hour race on Sunday.

Photo credits - Blancpain GT

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