Spa 24 Hours tipped to be most open in Blancpain GT's history

More manufacturers than ever are going into this month's Spa 24 Hours with a chance of victory, according to Blancpain GT Series boss Stephane Ratel

Spa 24 Hours tipped to be most open in Blancpain GT's history

Ratel is predicting an "amazing level of competition" at the double-points Endurance Cup round of the BGTS on July 29/30 in which nine manufacturers are represented with factory-backed cars in the pro class.

"I don't think we have ever had so many manufacturers able to win the race," Ratel told Autosport.

"We have a big grid and a very competitive grid, so we are heading for an amazing event."

Ratel's comments follow Porsche's decision to field a factory 911 GT3-R at Spa run by LMP1 driver Timo Bernhard's Team 75 squad.

Ferrari has also joined the pro class of the Endurance Cup this year with the AF Corse-run Kaspersky Motorsport 488 GT3 raced by a line-up including works drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and James Calado.

In addition, Ferrari has placed factory drivers in a second AF car and SMP Racing's pro class entry.

"After last year's Spa, everyone asked me what I wanted and I said factory-supported cars from Porsche and Ferrari in the pro class," said Ratel.

"Now I have them and we are going to have a fantastic race."

The Bernhard-run Porsche driven by Laurens Vanthoor, Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen ended up quickest in Tuesday's official test.

Vanthoor posted a 2m19.451s in the afternoon session, which was less than a tenth quicker than the Kaspersky Ferrari.

Eleven cars were within a second in the afternoon and 13 in the morning session headed by the Barwell team's pro-am class Lamborghini Huracan shared by Richard Abra, Phil Keen, Miguel Ramos and Leo Matchitski.

A total of 66 cars have been entered for the Spa 24 Hours.

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