Who will be champion in the GT Winter Series? This decision will be settled by a total of 48 cars in the best weather at the season finale in Barcelona.
The season finale of the GT Winter Series will take place in Barcelona. A total of 48 GT cars will compete on the GP circuit in Spain. With temperatures of up to 26°C and bright sunshine, the 2022/2023 season of the GT Winter Series will bid farewell with the best external conditions.
At the event in Catalonia, the GT Winter Series will again be on the grid with a mixed field of young drivers, gentlemen drivers and seasoned professionals supporting the gentlemen.
Excitement in the title fight
CV Performance driver Simon Connor Primm travels to Barcelona as the leader of the standings. The Saxon has scored 112.46 points in his Mercedes-AMG GT4 so far. This gives him an 11.71-point lead over Huber Racing ace Johannes Kapfinger. Andreas Greiling and Jens Richter, who have dominated the Cup 3 class with their Cayman so far, are only one point behind the Cup Porsche drivers. Michael Kapfinger, who – just like his brother – drives a Cup Porsche from Huber Racing and currently has 87.17 points to his name, also has a theoretical chance of winning the championship.
Top-class GT3 field in Barcelona
Six GT3 cars will ensure a strong starting field in the top class at the season finale of the fourth GT Winter Series race year. Special attention will be paid to Darren Leung in the Schubert Motorsport BMW M4 GT3, who recently won all three races in Navarra. In addition, Joos Sportwagentechnik returns to the series in Barcelona after the team had to skip the last two events. Michael Joos, who has won three sprint races so far in the 2022/2023 season, will use the team’s ADAC GT Masters car from last year in the GTWS for the first time. His customer Klaus Horn will also be driving an older Porsche 911 GT3 R. Huber Racing will also be fielding a Porsche. Jörg Dreisow and professional Manuel Lauck will steer the strikingly designed vehicle. The équipe vitesse, the team of the Herbst family, which is appreciated in the paddock of the GT Winter Series due to its Goodyear tyre service, brings an AMG GT3 to the start for Mercedes ace Kenneth Heyer.
17 cars set record in Cup 2 class
The Cup 2 class will be contested at the season finale in Barcelona with a record field of entrants. A total of 17 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars have been entered in the one-make cup class – a new record in the GT Winter Series! The class is led by the Kapfingers, who dominated the class in Navarra with their Huber Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and won all three races. It is worth noting that Michael Kapfinger, in contrast to his brother Johannes and many of his competitors, is driving an older 991.2 generation car, which is nominally somewhat slower. One should not forget the PTT Racing Porsche of the two Poles Igor Klaja and Mateusz Lisoswski, who won the Endurance race at the season opener in Portimao.
The class is rounded off by many teams returning to the season highlight in Barcelona after first starts during the season, or racing teams that are getting a taste of the GT Winter Series for the first time and evaluating a programme in the 2023/2024 season.
Top-class GT4 grid at the end of the season
With no less than twelve GT4 cars, the small GT category will also feature a large grid for the three rounds of racing. Championship leader Simon Connor Primm will again share a CV Mercedes with GT4 veteran Jan Philipp Springob. Christian Voß’ team will enter a second GT4 car in Barcelona for youngster Fabio Rauer. Not far from the circuit is the home of the NM Racing team in Granollers, which has impressively proven in the GT4 European Series that it is one of the strongest GT4 teams in Europe. Alberto de Martin and Manel Lao pilot the Catalans’ Mercedes, which lost the title in dramatic fashion in the SRO Championship season finale in October 2022. Also among the strongest continental GT4 teams is Allied-Racing. Jan Kasperlik’s Porsche team has won several titles at national and international level in recent years. Egor Litvinenko and Nathan Schaap drive the two Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport in Barcelona. In Portimao, Senkyr Motorsport celebrated the global customer sport debut of the new BMW M4 GT4, and the Czech team returns to the GT Winter Series at the finale in Barcelona. Team owner Robert Senkyr and Richard Gonda form the BMW’s powerful driver duo.
Formula 1 and MotoGP circuit
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was opened in September 1991 and has been the venue for Formula 1 since then. Since 1996, MotoGP has also been a guest at the 4.657-kilometre permanent racetrack in Montmeló. Typical for the circuit are the long curves, which put a lot of strain on the tyres.
First race series on Formula 1 track variant
The GT Winter Series will be the first race series to use the old track configuration in the final sector. At the end of February, Formula 1 announced that it would no longer use the unpopular slow chicane and would instead use the two challenging downhill right-hand corners. This change is also being implemented by the GEDLICH Racing organisation for the GT Winter Series season finale, and it is expected that other race organisers will make the same decision.
Watch the races in the stream
The three final races of the GT Winter Series season will take place on Sunday 12 March. The two sprint races will start at 11 a.m. and 2.10 p.m., and the endurance race will conclude the exciting GT Winter Series season at 4.50 p.m.. Before that, the race day will open with a two-part qualifying session. Both races can be followed around the world via livestream so that fans don’t miss the unpredictable championship decision.