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Sainteloc Racing combines youth with experience for Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup assault

6 March 2018

Sainteloc Racing has confirmed two of its line-ups for the upcoming season, with Sebastien Chetail's team announcing the drivers who will contest the Sprint Cup.

The French squad, which clinched overall victory at last year’s Total 24 Hours of Spa, will be present in both the Sprint and Endurance Cups in 2018. In the Sprint category they will field one Audi R8 LMS GT3 in the Pro class and another in the Pro-Am category. For the Endurance Cup, both cars will contest the Pro class. 

With the start of the season approaching fast they have now revealed their Sprint line-ups, with the Pro entry set to be driven by Christopher Haase and Simon Gachet.

The experienced Haase remains with the Sainteloc squad for a third successive year having been part of the crew that conquered Spa last season. Having clinched the Blancpain Endurance Series title in 2012 the German enjoys a long and successful association with the championship,.

He is joined by French racer Simon Gachet. The youngster made his Blancpain GT Series debut with Sainteloc last year, driving in the final two rounds at Nürburgring and Circuit de Catalunya. He is now preparing for a full-season assault alongside the experienced Haase.

The team’s second confirmed crew will also combine youth with experience. Markus Winkelhock was another member of last year’s Total 24 Hours of Spa triumph and is joined in 2018 by Nyls Stievenart. 

Like Haase, Winkelhock has vast Blancpain GT Series experience. He has also competed in a wide range of series, including Formula 1, and clinched the FIA GT1 World Championship in 2012.

The German ace will share an Audi R8 LMS GT3 with 18-year-old Stievenart, who is embarking on the biggest challenge of his young career with Sainteloc. The pair will compete in the competitive Pro-Am class. 

Sainteloc are set to reveal their Endurance Cup line-ups in the coming weeks.