What is the Blancpain Sprint Series?
GT stands for ‘Grand Tourismo’, a technical regulation for grand touring cars. FIA is the French expression for International Automobile Federation (= Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile). The FIA GT Series is run run by cars with GT3 specification.
2006-2012 | FIA GT3 European Championship
Besides the established GT1 and GT2 classes the SRO Group launched the FIA GT3 European Champioship with permission of the FIA in 2006. Two races with the duration of one hour each and a mandatory pitstop with a driver change were the outlines of the regulatons. Only cars unter GT3 specifications were allowed to compete in the championship. A mixture between professional drivers and amateurs was obligatory. After succesful years with more than 30 regular starters, the series folded after the 2012 season due to poor numbers of participants.
2013 | FIA GT Series
The FIA GT Series replaced both the FIA GT1 World Champioship and the FIA GT3 European Championship and inhereted their sporting regulations: Two races with the duration of one hour each and a mandatory pitstop with a driver change. The Blancpain Endurance Series, which was established in 2011, continued the legacy of the FIA GT Championship with long distance races between 3 and 24 hours. Both were supposed to form the GT World Series in 2013 but it never did. From 2013 onwards, the FIA GT Series was renamed to Blancpain Sprint Series and continued without direct involvement of the FIA.
2014 & 2015 | Blancpain Sprint Series
In 2014, the Blancpain Sprint Series took over the technical and sportive regulations of the FIA GT Series. But it took the Balance of Permance out of the FIA’s hand and gave it to the SRO. A combined championship consisting of the Blancpain Endurance Series and the new Blancpain Sprint Series was introduced to crown the champion of endurance and sprint formats.