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Old 29 Jul 2016, 16:19 (Ref:3661872)   #1
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2017 Blancpain GT Asian Cup

So one of the unexpected announcements from the SRO conference is yet another GT series for Asia.

Maybe an attempt to muscle out the GT Asia series that is starting to struggle for numbers???

Will be a Pro Am and Am Am based series, as well as what DSC says will be 'controlled' Silver Cup. Assuming they don't want any major young protégés coming in and destroying the competition.

Nothing on car classes or race distances other than the final round is a two hour. Assume they would follow the standard Blancpain GT sprint race format


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Sepang International Circuit - April 2017
Chang International Circuit - May 2017
Suzuka International Circuit - June 2017
Fuji Speedway - August 2017
Shanghai International - October 2017
Sepang International Circuit - December 2017 (2hr)


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Old 29 Jul 2016, 20:12 (Ref:3661913)   #2
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2017 Blancpain GT Asian Cup

Says on Sportscar365 it will be both GT3 and GT4

2 1hour races per weekend

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I thought SRO were close to GT Asia? This seems a bit unnecessary in that context.
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Suzuka and Fuji! That's interesting.

GT Asia and Super Taikyu should be worried.
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With SRO running it, I guess the winner of this series will get an automatic entry in the Macau FIA GT World Cup. That will be more attractive to some drivers already over GT Asia.
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With SRO running it, I guess the winner of this series will get an automatic entry in the Macau FIA GT World Cup. That will be more attractive to some drivers already over GT Asia.


My sneaking suspicion is that this early announcement combined with SRO's current reputation for success and expansion, is a pretty heavy suggestion to GT ASIA that they should come to SRO for a merger deal before they get destroyed in open competition?

GT Asia are struggling big time for grids this year, don't think I've seen more than 13 cars per race.

And think of the teams in it, Absolute Bentley, Clearwater, Phoenix....

Those kind of high quality teams are surely going to jump ship if the SRO is even just slightly more appealing


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Final calendar announced

2017 Blancpain GT Series Asia Schedule:

April 8-9 – Sepang (Malaysia)
May 20-21 – Chang (Thailand)
June 24-25 – Suzuka (Japan)
Aug. 19-20 – Fuji (Japan)
Sept. 23-24 – Shanghai (China)
Oct. 21-22 – Zheijang (China)


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In the DSC ASLMS Saturday notes, Lester confirms the first entry....

1x Porsche GT3 to be driven by Jono. Nothing more than that so far!




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Gruppe M will be running 3x AMG GT3 for this series.

Dagys also suggesting the grid will mostly be European teams.

So can we expect Phoenix moving from GT Asia to Blancpain Asia Cup


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Super GT stalwarts JLOC will be running here, no news of car or drivers yet

Blancpain GT Asia 2017

GT3

Gruppe M - Mercedes AMG GT3 - Tim Sugden / TBA

Gruppe M - Mercedes AMG GT3 - TBA / TBA

Gruppe M - Mercedes AMG GT3 - TBA / TBA

CMRTeam - Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 - James Cai / Kenneth Lim

TBA - Porsche 911 GT3 R - Jono Lester / TBA

JLOC - TBA


GT4

HubAuto - Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport - TBA / TBA

EKS Motorsports - Chang Tzu Ching / Wang Chih Chuan


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JLOC surely with a Lamborghini Huracan.
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JLOC surely with a Lamborghini Huracan.


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Blancpain GT Asia 2017

GT3

Gruppe M - Mercedes AMG GT3 - Tim Sugden / TBA

Gruppe M - Mercedes AMG GT3 - TBA / TBA

Gruppe M - Mercedes AMG GT3 - TBA / TBA

CMRTeam - Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 - James Cai / Kenneth Lim

JLOC - Lamborghini Huracan GT3 - TBA / TBA

FFF Racing Team - Lamborghini Huracan GT3 - TBA / TBA

FFF Racing Team - Lamborghini Huracan GT3 - TBA / TBA

GT4

HubAuto - Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport - TBA / TBA

EKS Motorsports - Chang Tzu Ching / Wang Chih Chuan


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Two more Lamborghinis from FFF Racing

So we are half way towards a decent grid size!

Curious to see the crossover with GT Asia and how well their do for grids this year! Seen no confirmations yet


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Another gem in the S365 Dubai notebook today-

Frank Yu of Craft Bamboo said they will be running up to 5 cars in Asia this year, up to 3 Cayman GT4s and the previous 2 911 GT3-Rs.

The decision of Blancpain GT Asia, or the GT Asia Series is yet to be made. Based primarily on which is likely to have a better grid




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