GRT Grasser Racing Going for the Title in the Blancpain GT Series at Nürburgring

12.09.2017

„Full attack for the title”, that´s the attitude of the GRT Grasser Racing Team towards this weekend´s final of the Blancpain GT Sprint Series at Nürburgring. Actually not only for one, but for two: Because while the main focus in the Eifel mountains will be directed to the very tense decision in the Sprint Championship, there is also a possible in decision in the Blancpain GT Series as a whole, even before the season final at Barcelona end of September. If current leaders Mirko Bortolotti and Christian Engelhart are able to extend their 18 points advantage for further seven points, they cannot be stripped off the title after Nürburgring any more.

At the same time it´s unbelievably close in the Sprint Championship with Mercedes drivers Maxi Bukh and Franck Perera currently in the lead with 60 points. But another six driver pairings are still in the run for the title, with Bortolotti and Engelhart with 57 points in the position of runner-up, closely followed by the Audi teams Dries Vanthoor and Marcel Fässler as well as Stuart Leonard and Robin Frijns with either 56 points and Markus Winkelhock and Will Stevens (54) Most likely one of those will be crowned new Champions in the end, even with Bentley drivers Vincent Abril and Steven Kane (32) and a further Audi team with Pieter Schothorst and Jake Dennis (27) at least theoretically still in the hunt as well..

GRT Grasser Racing Team this time will even enter three cars, with all signs set at full attack: The Lamborghini Huracán number 19 will see Andrea Caldarelli and Ezequiel Perez Companc behind the wheel, while in car #63 title contenders Mirko Bortolotti and Christian Engelhart will share driving duties as usual. The additional entry is the number 82 with Rolf Ineichen and Grasser newcomer Tom Dillmann.

Dillmann, from Mulhouse in France, can already look back at a lot of experience in motorsports. Whether it was Formula 3, GP3, GP2, Formula V8 3.5 or lately mainly Formula E – the 28-year-old German Formula 3 Champion from 2010 always could be found at the front end of the field. But there are also quite a few guest starts in the Porsche Supercup, in the ADAC GT Masters, the er Blancpain GT Series and in the LMP2 class of the Endurance Championship WEC written down in his racing CV. „So we have to send a special thank you to Manfredi Ravetto Management“, emphasizes team principal Gottfried Grasser. „They made it possible for Dillmann to drive here and support GRT!”

At the same time the Austrian slightly regrets “that we have to miss out the ADAC GT Masters at Sachsenring this weekend. But in case of such clashes you have to set priorities, and for us at the moment the fight for the title in the Blancpain Series is obviously more important. The Nürburgring is a track that normally should suit us quite well. We will fully attack from the beginning and try to sort everything out from the front of the field, without having to calculate too much. If course we will need a little bit of luck as well – I hope the racing gods will look after us!”

GRT Grasser Program - next races

Nürburgring / 3. Blancpain GT Sprint Cup
15.09. - 17.09.

Hockenheim / 7. ADAC GT Masters
22.09. - 24.09.

Barcelona / 10. Blancpain GT Sprint Cup
30.09. - 01.10.

24H COTA – USA / 7. Creventic Series
10.11. - 12.11.