Blancpain GT Sprint Series: Meet the Drivers

It’s quite the field of British racers as the Blancpain GT Sprint Series returns to these shores for the second weekend of action at Brands Hatch. Here, we present the runners and riders as we look forward to some home-grown success this weekend.

Stuart Leonard
Brit Pack Ranking (at time of press): 23rd with 55.00 points
Belgian Audi Club WRT – Audi R8 LMS – Partnering Frederic Vervisch
The reigning champion, Leonard’s defence of the BGTS crown got off to a steady start first time out at Zolder, with a pair of fifth places. The Blancpain regular will be hoping to go one better this year at Brands, having finished runner-up in one of the races last season. Leonard is normally partnered by Robin Frijns, but the Dutchman is making his DTM bow this weekend, paving the way for WRT supersub Vervisch to step in.

Will Stevens
Brit Pack Rankings (at time of press): 30th with 46.00 points
Belgian Audi Club WRT – Audi R8 LMS – Partnering Dries Vanthoor
Stevens has become something of a stalwart in the WRT outfit, having sought refuge in GT racing following his stint in Formula 1. Despite only one win in the Sprint Series, the 26-year-old has been a consistent performer, with eight podiums to his name. Stevens and Belgian partner Vanthoor finished second in the first race of the season and should be considered one of the favourites for success at Brands and beyond.

Andrew Watson
Brit Pack Ranking (at time of press): 35th with 32.00 points
3Y Technology – BMW M6 GT3 – Partnering Lukas Moraes (Silver Cup)
The Northern Irish youngster – and favourite of countryman and commentator John Watson –remains part of the McLaren Young Driver Programme, despite turning out this weekend in the BMW of French outfit 3Y Technology. It’s reasonable to suggest that Watson is due a good result in GT racing, although whether this weekend will provide it is unlikely.

Michael Meadows
Brit Pack Rankings (at time of press): 38th with 30.00 points
Akka ASP – Mercedes-AMG GT3 – Partnering Raffaele Marciello
Gold-rated Meadows is in his fifth year of Blancpain competition and his results are getting better with experience. In 2018, Meadows is partnering Raffaele Marciello, one of the quickest drivers in the series, for the second consecutive season. With one podium to their name already, this pairing can be considered ones to watch. Meadows was a former partner of fellow BGTS racer Stuart Leonard in WRT colours back in 2016.

Jack Manchester
Brit Pack Rankings (at time of press): =46th with 22.00 points
Akka ASP – Mercedes-AMG GT3 – Partnering Nico Bastian (Silver Cup)
18-year-old Manchester has gone from Radical Masters and Audi TT Cup to a full Blancpain programme in 2018. The Guildford-born racer partners up with GT veteran Bastian in both the Sprint and Endurance competitions. Thus far their best finish has been a 9th in the second race at Zolder but on home soil, much more is expected.

Josh Caygill
Brit Pack Ranking (at time of press): =69th with 14.00 points
Team Parker Racing – Bentley Continental GT3 – Partnering Aron Taylor Smith (Silver Cup)
28-year-old Caygill is partnering former BTCC driver Aron Taylor Smith in a Parker Bentley. The former motorcyclist is in his second season of Blancpain competition following his graduation from the Audi TT Cup. 2017 was a tough year for Caygill who, as part of the WRT stable, scored just four points in the Endurance Series. A run on home turf will hopefully see him improve on his recent form, which yielded 16th and 18th place finishes at Zolder.

Callum MacLeod and Ian Loggie
Brit Pack Rankings (at time of press): =153rd with 1.50 points
Team Parker Racing – Bentley Continental GT3 (Pro-Am)
A welcome pairing to the BGTS paddock this weekend are the Team Parker pairing of MacLeod and Loggie. They already have some pedigree in the series but, of note, was the way they recorded the fastest time in pre-season testing at Paul Ricard. More at home in British GT, where they are winners, this Brands round will give them a great opportunity to test themselves against continental competition.

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