For two weekends in a row England is the stage for the Blancpain GT Series races, with two major meetings at Brands Hatch for the GT Series Sprint Cup, and a week later the Blancpain Endurance Series will take place at Silverstone.
Brands Hatch, a historic British track just outside London, was the first of the two British races, which took place on a very technical and demanding track. After the various practice sessions on Saturday, Sunday saw two races take place, which, like always in this part of the world, attracted huge crowds.
Sunday morning's "Qualifying Race" saw Van Dam's yellow car quickly hit a problem right from the start by suffering a puncture due to contact in the first corners, while Piccini produced an amazing comeback from the back that rewarded him with third place in his class. After the "pit stop", which included a driver change, Bhirombhakdi/Van Dam got up to third place, while Broniszewski/Piccini had to bring an early end to their race due to contact with the Casè car that consequently sent them off-track. Bhirombhakdi/Van Dam were once again on the podium in the afternoon race by taking second place in the PRO-AM class. Less fortunate were Broniszewski/Piccini whose performance led them to taking fifth place in their class. With the season's second race at Brands Hatch over and done with, the Blancpain GT Series calendar has scheduled the third round in early June on the Belgian track of Zolder.
RONNIE KESSEL: "An obviously very difficult weekend, which saw us take two podiums with Bhirombhakdi and Van Dam, while Broniszewski and Piccini, despite their usual speed, had to come to a stop against their own will, which this weekend meant they finished far away from the Podium. But they will be back soon. We are getting ready for the upcoming challenges of the GT Series at Zolder but our focus is now on Silverstone, another Blancpain race in England, this time in the Endurance Series that will see us on track at Silverstone next weekend."