Prior hours of the 24 Hours of Spa 2016

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With different frames and grouped into categories with different nuances, the 24 Hours of Nürburgring and the 24 Hours of Spa are the two great events of resistance between the GT. In the case of the test belgian, the GT3 become the masters and lords of the layout of The Ardennes for almost a week. From Tuesday to Sunday the Blancpain GT Series, accompanied by those enrolled in parallel at the Intercontinental GT Challenge and the vehicles of categories under colonize a track that collects all the interest of the world GT3 with illustrious teams, drivers and guests of exception.

you can discover these heights of Spa-Francorchamps, a track 7.004 meters with 20 curves. Between the angles of the path are some of the most iconic of motorsport as can be ‘The Source’, ‘Eau Rouge’ or ‘Les Combes’. However, more unknowns sheds the weather forecast in a test where the rain can turn into a nightmare, in addition to decisive. So it was in 2015 in the victory of the BMW Z4 GT3 of Marc VDS Racing and so you can be in this edition. Thunderstorms and squalls may accompany the GT3 since Thursday.

With this foresight, every minute on the track will be critical for all the teams, cars and drivers, especially for those who do not compete in the Blancpain GT Series or have less experience in GT3. Be that as it may, the reality is that there will be a test very matched in the about 20 cars fight quietly for the victory. Among them you can find the Mercedes-AMG GT of Black Falcon with drivers Bernd Schneider, Maro Engel or Adam Christodoulou, but also the units of HTP Motorsport and AKKA ASP with Maximilian Buhk, Dominik Bauman, Gary Paffett, Maximilian Götz, Felix Rosenqvist, or Tristan Vautier.

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The other major force in the 24 Hours of Spa is represented
in the Audi R8 LMS
Team WRT, Team Phoenix and Sainteloc Racing. Between the
pilots found in these three teams appear alignments
interesting as those formed by Will Stevens, Dries Vanthoor and Frédéric
Vervisch, or the Laurens Vanthoor, René Rast and Nico Müller, with the Audi #28
driven by these three men as one of the favorites for the final victory. For your
part, nine are the Ferrari 488 GT3 present in Spa with official riders
the brand of Maranello as are Passion Lathouras, Giancarlo Fisichella or Olivier
Beretta.

With betting specific but remain candidates to all we find the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 #16 with Mirko Bortolotti, Jeroen Bleekemolen
and Rolf Ineichen, or the programs, more specific the ‘pseudo-official’
Nissan with the GT-R NISMO GT3 or the four Bentley Continental GT3, two of
they lined up by the team M-Sport. Four are for their part the BMW M6 GT3
still the three units to follow in the Rowe Racing and BMW Team Italy with riders such as Nicky
Catsburg, Dirk Werner, Maxime Martin, Philipp Eng, Alexander Sims or Martin
Tomczyk. The three McLaren 650S GT3 Garage 59 with Shane Van Gisbergen, Like
Ledogar, Rob Bell and Bruno Senna are another alternative.

For the end we left the large Spanish presence,
represented in five drivers and four cars that we have been ignoring in the
list of riders and teams to follow. In order of dorsal, Andy Soucek will compete
with the Bentley Continental GT3 #8, while Albert Costa is going to go to one of
the two Jaguar XJ GT3 Emil Frey Racing (#14), being Lucas Ordoñez the third
Spanish rider, in this case in the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 #23. The only pair
Spanish is formed by Miguel Toril and Dani Juncadella, any time that both
they will compete together in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 #56 Black Falcon.

Hours of the 24 Hours of Spa – Blancpain Endurance Cup

Day / Time Session Duration
Tuesday 26/07 – 15:00h Bronze Test 180′
Thursday 28/07 – 13:20pm Free Practice 90′
Thursday 28/07 – 17:45h Session of pre-classification 60′
Thursday 28/07 – 20:00h Classification 75′
Thursday 28/07 – 21:45h Classification night 120′
Friday 29/07 – 17:30h Superpole 30′
Saturday 30/07 – 09:05 Warm up 20′
Saturday 30/07 – 16:30h 24 Hours of Spa 1140′ + 1 Lap
Sunday 31/07 – 16:30h End of the 24 Hours of Spa
Sunday 31/07 – 16:40h Podium 24 Hours of Spa 20′