iRacing: The Blancpain GT World Championship Series. Coming in 2016

Posted: 26/09/2015 in iRacing
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Qualifying for the BlancPain GT World Championship Series

Teams

o iRacing will pick up to the top 40 finishing teams based on performance from Season 4 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series starting in September 2015.
o Teams must have a minimum of 2 members/drivers and can have a maximum of 4 members/drivers.
o There cannot be more than 4 different drivers.
o Teams are allowed to start with 2 or 3 drivers and add 1 or 2 more for the Season 4 Endurance Series as the series goes along.
o Teams cannot drop, replace or trade drivers. Drivers cannot drive or be registered for more than one team.
o Teams must notify the Competition Director via E-mail of their initial teams and any addition to their team roster atworldchamp@iRacing.com.
o The team driver roster at the end of the season 4 Endurance series will be the official team for the Blancpain GT Series in 2016.
o Teams cannot change car manufacturers during the season 4 Endurance Series. The GT3 cars will be the McLaren, BMW, RUF and Ford. After the Season 4 Endurance Series, teams may switch cars if they choose for the 2016 Blancpain GT Series.
o Each race week any or all of the drivers can race but there must be a minimum of any 2 team members driving.
o Drivers must have Class C or above license to compete in the series
o Drivers must have Class A Road License in order to be promoted to a WC License.

Racing

o There will be 6 races, one race every other week starting in week 2 with three time slots during those race weeks. The 3 time slots will be the same as the season 3 endurance series.
o The highest score for each race week will count per standard iRacing scoring. Standard iRacing scoring and race splitting will apply.
o The fair share rule will be on for all races.
o Qualifying will be attached to the race sessions.
o There will NO be Fast Repairs

Blancpain GT Series

Series

o This is an official World Championship level series. It is the highest level of team endurance racing in iRacing. Official competitors will be awarded a World Championship License.
o Series will be limited to World Championship Road License holders.
o Competitors and teams will be expected to display excellent sportsmanship and treat fellow competitors, officials and all involved in the series in a respectful manner.
SRO/Blancpain
o Actively involved in the promotion of the series.
o There will be NO Fast Repairs

Teams
o Teams must have a minimum of 2 members/drivers and can have a maximum of 4 members/drivers. Each race week any or all of the drivers can race but there must be a minimum of any 2 team members driving.
o Teams cannot drop, change, trade or add drivers from the end of the Season 4 Endurance Series all the way through the end of the 2016 Blancpain GT Series. That is a no driver/member movement period.

Cars/Manufacturers

o Teams cannot change car manufacturers during the 2016 Blancpain GT Series season. The official GT3 cars will be announced prior to the season but will very likely include all the current GT3 cars including the McLaren, BMW, Ford, RUF and but an additional car might be added.

Field Size

o Single Race with 40 cars depending on race venue
o Race grid will depend on qualifying

Season

o 6 week season. If a race is cancelled for whatever reason, it will not be replaced
o No drop weeks
o Races will be held Saturdays 10:00 AM EDT/14:00 GMT (will not conflict with other WC races)
o Races will be broadcast
o Live officials in each race
o The fair share rule will be on for all races
o Most races will be around 3 hours long but 1 or 2 races may be up to 6 hours in duration
o Points and scoring. Will use standard iRacing scoring or adapt a customized scoring system.
o WC incident system will be in place or some other type of review. Driver penalties could impact the whole team just as it applies
to this series
o Race director will only communicate with impacted team drivers about incidents, race rules and any series related competition questions.

Schedule

o Rd #1 – 16 April 2016
o Rd #2 – 14 May 2016
o Rd #3 – 11 June 2016
o Rd #4 – 23 July 2016
o Rd #5 – 20 August 2016
o Rd #6 – 3 September 2016

Championships ($13,000 in cash and up to $28,750 in cash and prizes)
o Team Championship
o Driver’s Championship
o Manufacturer Championship (McLaren, BMW, RUF, Ford, etc)

Team Championship – $13,000 in cash

o First Place: $6,000 dollars to be split and paid equally to ALL team members(Example: If 4 team members each will receive $1,500)
o Second Place: $4,000 dollars to be split and paid equally to all team members
o Third Place: $2, 000 dollars to be split and paid equally to all team members
o Fourth Place: $1,000 dollars to be split and paid equally to all team members

Driver Championship – $5,750 in iRacing Game Credit

o First Place: $2,000 iRacing Game Credit
o Second Place: $1,500 iRacing Game Credit
o Third Place: $1,000 iRacing Game Credit
o Fourth Place: $750 iRacing Game Credit
o Fifth Place: $500 iRacing Game Credit

Manufacturer Championship – Up to $10,000 in iRacing game Credit (assuming 5 cars and 4 per team)

o $500 of iRacing Game credit for each member of winning team for each manufacturer
o You do not have to actually drive to be awarded prize, just part of the team

Miscellaneous

o Servers: Both the Qualifying Endurance Series and the 2016 BlancPain Series will be on U.S Servers only.
o Spotters and Crew Chief: Will be allowed but will not be tracked or considered part of the team for prizes etc.

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