iRacing Blancpain GT Series Planned for 2016
May 21st, 2015 by KevinB
iRacing.com and the SRO Motorsports Group are joining forces to establish the world’s first professional endurance sim racing series: the iRacing Blancpain GT Series. Scheduled to debut next spring, the iRacing Blancpain GT Series will feature the world’s elite endurance sim racing teams in GT3 cars competing for cash prizes and merchandise in races broadcast on iRacing Live.
“We’re proud to partner with the SRO Motorsports Group in creating the iRacing Blancpain GT Series,” says Tony Gardner, President of iRacing.com. “It’s a perfect marriage of SRO Motorsports’ experience organizing and marketing both the Blancpain Endurance Series and Blancpain Sprint Series with iRacing’s proven ability to run professional level sim racing series on a global scale. Add the world’s top sim racing teams to the mix and you have a unique and compelling new form of motorsports.”
“We’re excited about the iRacing Blancpain GT Series,” says Stephane Ratel, Founder & CEO of the SRO Motorsports Group. “Just as the Blancpain GT Series represents the world’s premier GT series, the iRacing Blancpain GT Series will enable premier sim racers and teams around the world to compete on a highly professional level.”
Open to approximately forty teams, the iRacing Blancpain GT Series will utilize iRacing’s driver swap function that enables teams of two or more of iRacing’s 60,000 active members to co-drive the same car from different locations anywhere in the world. Beginning in April, 2016, teams will compete in races of up to six hours in digital versions of GT3 BMWs, Fords, McLarens, and other manufacturers on laser-scanned replicas of many of the circuits in the Blancpain Endurance Series and Blancpain Sprint Series including Brands Hatch, Monza, Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps, Zolder and the Nürburgring. The iRacing Blancpain GT Series will award cash, merchandise and other prizes to the top performers in three main categories: team, drivers and manufacturers.