Triple Eight BMW eyes expansion into Blancpain Sprint Series
|By Gary Watkins||Friday, May 30th 2014, 12:48 GMT|
The Triple Eight BMW squad is eyeing up an expansion into Blancpain Sprint Series next season.
The British team, now in its second year of sportscars in the British GT Championship, is evaluating racing in the BSS rather than in the sister Blancpain Endurance Series in which it made its international GT debut at Silverstone last weekend with one of its BMW Z4s.
Team boss Ian Harrison told AUTOSPORT: "The BSS is something we are interested in. We would want to go with two pros and the budgets are British GT-plus, which makes it achieveable.
Harrison added that the BES, in which it made as short-lived appearance last weekend with Ryan Ratcliffe, Derek Johnston and Lee Mowle, was "not in the plan at the moment" for Triple Eight next year.
Series boss Stephane Ratel said that Triple Eight was just the kind of team he was hoping to attract to a championship known as the FIA GT Series last year.
"Blancpain Sprint is a professional series aimed at professional teams, making a team such as Triple Eight the perfect candidates," he said.
"They would be a great addition to the series in 2015."
Triple Eight will also take part in the Nurburgring 1000Km BES round in September with a driver line-up that has yet to be announced and the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi in December.
"We are definitely going to do Abu Dhabi, though we don't know with which drivers yet," said Harrison.
"We are also seriously looking at the Bathurst 12 Hours next year as well."