Almost 70 cars will lap the Spa-Francorchamps circuit during the eight hours of scheduled track time. Not only will the regular competitors of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup be present, but also some additional teams and drivers eager to compete in the greatest GT race in the motorsport universe.
It should not come as a surprise then that some of the squads have brought a whole armada to the Belgian Ardennes. Kessel Racing adds another Ferrari 488 to bring their total to four, local favourite Belgian Audi Club Team WRT is present with five Audi R8 LMS but it is AF Corse that takes the crown. The Italian squad brings no fewer than nine Ferrari to Spa: four 458 Italia GT3 and five of the new and highly competitive 488 GT3.
Keep an eye out for newcomer Easy Race (Ferrari 488) as well, and Emil Frey Racing will be bringing not one but two Jaguars to Spa. At the wheel of the second 'Cat' will be none other than defending champion Markus Palttala, in his first appearance in this year's Blancpain GT Series.
Add to that some regular teams from the British GT Championship preparing their next event in Spa and you will agree that the Official Test Day is an excellent opportunity to review the troops for the upcoming Total 24 Hours of Spa. The Official Test Day will see track action from 9.00 to 12.00, and from 13.00 to 18.00. Entrance for the public is absolutely free.
Provisional Entry list
Practical information - Total 24 Hours of Spa
When: 26th – 31st July 2016
Tuesday July 26th
Bronze test 15:00 – 18:00
Wednesday July 27th
Parade Spa 16:00
Autograph session 17:00-18 :00
Thursday July 28th
Free Practice 13:20-14:50
Night Qualifying 21:45-23:45
Friday July 29th
Super Pole 17:30-18:00
Saturday July 30th
Warm Up 09:05-09:25
Starting procedure & Grid walk 15:40-16:30
Start of the Total 24 hours of Spa 16:30
Tickets: from 15 €
General Entrance : 30 € (includes free entrance on Thursday and Friday)
General Entrance + paddock : 60 €
Children aged 12 or under, accompanied by an adult, enter for free
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Blancpain - Innovation is our Tradition
Founded in 1735 by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain, the watch brand bearing his name is the oldest in the world. Blancpain is currently engaged to the renewal of mechanical watchmaking and to passing on exceptional expertise from one generation to the next through constant investment in human resources, production facilities and research. This approach is its strength and the expression of our long-term vision, even though it goes against the tide of a certain tendency to seek immediate profit.
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Pirelli – Official Tyre Supplier
Pirelli is a tyre manufacturer and world leader in the automotive industry. It has an exclusive relationship with over 50 racing series worldwide, including Formula One.
Pirelli has a long and illustrious history in endurance racing, and has also claimed a huge variety of class wins in GT racing all over the world. The design of the new Pirelli GT tyres meets the needs of GT racing while maintaining the performance characteristics that endurance drivers have appreciated in the past.The slick tyres used for GT racing are branded Zero: just like the slicks that have become a central feature of Formula One. The name P Zero is used in the highest categories of motorsport such as GT racing.
Total - Official Sponsor of the Total 24 Hours of Spa
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SRO Motorsports Group - The architect of modern GT Racing
SRO Motorsports Group was founded by Stephane Ratel and has specialised in the promotion, support and organisation of many national and international motorsport series since 1995.
In 2016, SRO Motorsports Group promotes several championships and series, such as the Blancpain GT Series, including the iconic Total 24 hours of Spa, the British GT Championship, the Blancpain Sports Club with the Blancpain GT Sports Club and the Blancpain Ultracar Sports Club, the Competition 102 GT4 European Series and the Intercontinental GT Challenge.
SRO Motorsports Group runs also the SRO Race Centre by MMC - a high-level technical centre at the Paul Ricard Circuit in the south of France - and Curbstone, that provides ultimate track driving opportunities on world renowned race circuits in Western Europe for supercar owners, as well as test driving facilities for race car drivers.
SRO has offices in London, Paris and Liège.