4.03.2023 | News

GT Winter Series enters hot phase of the season

The GT Winter Series will complete its semi-final round of the 2022/2023 season at the circuit in Navarra, with around 25 GT cars competing in the penultimate event of the season.

Premiere in the GT Winter Series. In the fourth year of the championship, the GT racing series is making its first guest appearance in Navarra. The championship, organised by GEDLICH Racing, will once again bring a spectacular field of GT3, GT4 and Cup cars to the starting line in Los Arcos.

In the championship, Manthey driver Dustin Blattner has the lead. But after the event in Valencia, the driver competing under a US licence had to end his season. Blattner will now keep his fingers crossed from home that he can still win the GT Winter Series title with the five strike results. In second position is GT4 driver Simon Connor Primm. Primm, who drives a CV Performance Group Mercedes-AMG GT4, is 7.4 points behind Blattner. Andreas Greiling and Jens Richter, who are dominating the season with their Porsche Cayman in the Cup 3 class, are in third championship position.

At the event in northern Spain, the GT Winter Series will once again compete with a mixed starting field of young drivers, gentleman drivers and seasoned professionals supporting the gentlemen, ensuring the special partnership environment of the GT Winter Series.

GT3 drivers set for victory

The GT3 cars will probably fight for the overall victory in Navarra, although the drivers should not ignore the fast Cup Porsches. At the last event in Valencia, the reigning DTM champion team Schubert Motorsport made its debut in the GT Winter Series. Torsten Schubert’s racing team brought a BMW M4 GT3 to the start for Darren Leung. The experienced GT3 driver was able to finish on the podium against strong competition. The same goes for the PROsport Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3 of Maxime Dumarey and Jean Glorieux. At the event in Navarra, the two cars will be fighting for the top results with the Die Biermacher Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 of Uwe Lauer and his coach Francesco Lopez.

Is it now the Kapfingers’ hour in Cup 2?

In the Porsche Carrera Cup class, the Kapfingers were able to improve more and more over the course of the season. The two brothers use the GT Winter Series for personal advancement in their motorsport careers and as a perfect training platform for young talent. In the course of the season so far, they have been able to beat championship leader Blattner on the track time and again and have impressed the paddock with their improved performance. Michael Kapfinger in particular knew how to surprise time and again when he was able to keep up with and beat the current models with the 991.2 generation Cup Porsche.
The PTT Racing car will also be a force to be reckoned with in Navarra. Igor Klaja and Mateusz Lisowski won the highly competitive class at the season opener in Portimao.
In addition, the fifth event of the season will see exciting newcomers in the Cup 2 class who are looking to get a taste of the GT Winter Series and are considering contesting the full season in the championship in 2023/2024.

CV Performance Group vs. PROsport Racing in GT4

In the GT4 class, exciting battles are again expected between the CV Performance Mercedes-AMG GT4 of Simon Connor Primm and Jan Philipp Springob and the three PROsport Aston Martin Vantage GT4s for the class win. Reigning ADAC GT4 Germany champion Mike David Ortmann will again share a car with Düsseldorf-based Ukrainian entrepreneur Yevgen Sokolovskiy. Czech Gabriela Jilkova, who was GT Winter Series champion in the 2020/2021 season, will have a new teammate at her side: Sweden’s Jessica Bäckman, who was runner-up in the ADAC TCR Germany in 2022, will be active in GT4 racing for the first time. With the experienced Aston Martin team and Jilkova as her teammate, she is in a perfect position to learn a lot on the race weekend.

Modern race track

The Circuito de Navarra in Los Arcos was completed in June 2010. The track is 3,933 metres long and the longest straight measures 800 metres. The slightly hilly track with six left-hand and nine right-hand corners is mainly used for car races, such as the GT1 World Championship and the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup, as well as the Superleague Formula. Due to the FIA Grade 1T track licence, Formula 1 test runs are also likely to take place on the circuit.

At 12:10 and 14:25 on 5th March, the two GT Winter Series sprint races will take place at the Circuito de Navarra. At 16:45, the race day will conclude with the one-hour Endurance race. Sunday will be heralded by a two-part qualifying session. On the practice day, the pilots can get to know the circuit very well during extensive test drives.


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