From Blancpain GT Series:
Just like last year the entry list for the opening round of the Blancpain GT Series is very impressive, both in quality and in quantity. 34 cars on the grid means that space on the 4.064 km Italian track near the Adriatic coast will be at a premium. In 2016 we saw that an issue during the Qualifying Race – this Saturday evening joust will again be held in the dark – might endanger a good result. It will not be easy to get a good result if you have to start the Main Race (Sunday at 12.30 local time) from the 16th or 17th row on the grid.
Both Bentley and BMW have two cars on the grid, entered by Bentley Team M-Sport and ROWE Racing respectively. While the driver pairings of the former are known for while now – last year’s Misano Qualifying Race winners Andy Soucek- Maxime Soulet on the #8 and Steven Kane with Vincent Abril on the #7 – the BMW team has yet to announce its drivers.
Action in Misano starts on Friday afternoon with the first free practice, followed by the second free practice session on Friday evening. Saturday sees Qualifying in the early afternoon, with the start of the Qualifying Race just before 9 pm. The Main Race will get underway at 12.30 pm on Sunday afternoon.
Both races will be streamed live on www.blancpain-gt-series.com