A Walk in the Park
International motorsport always has a certain ‘feel’, it’s difficult to describe exactly what it is but when you walk into the paddock of an international race meeting a certain air of quality comes across.
The teams rock up in big branded trucks, hospitality units are shipped in that tower above the race circuit providing the ideal viewing spot (with a spot of lunch) that money really can’t buy, and the cars just seem to be prepared in a highly professional manner.
It makes a change to experience this feeling walking through the gates at the UK’s best circuit, Brands Hatch for a weekend of international level motorsport. The Blancpain Sprint Series was once again making it’s visit to British shores. The Brands Hatch circuit is the perfect place for a GT3 battle – a properly old school circuit with camber, elevation, twists and turns combined with an incredibly fast back section which helps to create a challenging and engaging track for the drivers…which in turn makes it a superb track to spectate at with very much a ‘racetrack in the woods’ feel about it all.
The Blancpain Sprint Series unfortunately hasn’t taken off as well as you’d think it might, even though it’s sister series the Blancpain Endurance Series is blooming with sixty car grids out at Monza and Silverstone the BSS is still in the 15-20 car region. This isn’t a bad grid by any mean but when you consider what it could be it boggles the mind slightly.
It could potentially be the place to see young professional drivers pushing highly lucrative GT3 cars to the limit in a format which is perfect for TV. Two one hour races which are always closely fought with a variety of manufacturers. Not to mention some cracking liveries…
I really hope this series comes into fruition, it follows the format of my much beloved FIA GT1 World Championship which was one of my first true motorsport loves. If only this one could grow and gain a following like that series did…