Under the ‘Blancpain Racing’ banner, a name currently more familiar among European motorsport fans, Blancpain, the world’s oldest watchmaking brand and Bavarian sportscar stable Reiter Engineering will join the grid of the North American ‘Pirelli World Challenge’ racing series. Recently signed Dutchman Nick Catsburg will be at the wheel of the Gallardo GT3 and contest the entire PWC season under the Blancpain Racing banner.
By joining the ‘Pirelli World Challenge’, Blancpain reinforces its commitment to motorsport in the USA as the brand strongly believes on the great potential of this new GT championship. Starting with the participation of the “Blancpain Racing” Team, this partnership may evolve over the next years
Among Blancpain Racing’s greatest moments are victory in the 12-hour race of Budapest and numerous race wins and podium finishes in the Blancpain Endurance Series and the amateur driver’s title for Marc Hayek in the 2011 ADAC GT Masters.
The sportscar manufacturer Reiter Engineering, which also designed the Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 racecars, sees great market potential in the USA. In addition, Reiter Engineering collected its first victories and experience in the USA in 2014: in its maiden Pirelli World Challenge season, the Reiter Engineering racing team established itself in the upper echelons of the North American motorsport scene. The two Reiter Gallardo FL2 GT3 cars quickly made their mark among the leaders with a tally of 6 wins and six second and third positions. Blancpain Racing and Nick Catsburg aim to improve these statistics this year.
The Pirelli World Challenge is part of the supporting programme to one of the best-known North American motorsport championships – the IndyCar series. After the series became the first to open its doors to FIA registered GT3 cars, without requiring additional modifications, the PWC enjoys rapid growth – both in terms of spectators as well as competitors. In addition to the ‘established cars’ like Nissan, Honda, Pontiac or Dodge Viper, ‘exotics’ like Ferrari, Audi, Aston Martin, Bentley and also Lamborghini in the form of the Reiter Engineering developed Gallardo GT3 racecars.