In 2017, the SMP Racing will take part in the Blancpain GT Series.
13 March at the circuit Paul Ricard started the pre-season tests, and SMP Racing crew consisting of Viktor Shaitar, David Rigon, Miguel Molina has already completed an initial program. The racers compete in the Ferrari 488 GT3 in the GT Pro class.
“You can say that returning to the Blancpain in 2017, we returned to our roots, – said Boris Rotenberg, founder and Director of SMP Racing. In 2013 it all began for us in this series, and also Ferrari. During the existence of the program the level of our athletes is seriously increased, so, Victor Shaitar had already won Le Mans, ELMS and Le Mans GT3 Cup, all the titles he won it in a Ferrari. Looking forward to the start of the season Blancpain and the first results of the crew at number 72, the pilots going strong.”
“SMP Racing team took the decision to play in the GT Pro class, and I think the Blancpain series is the best choice – said Viktor Shaitar. – Currently this is the strongest GT championship in Europe, and perhaps worldwide, and I’m glad to be in it for the Russian team.
Judging by the number of participants, number of cars, the names of the pilots, it will be a tough season. I am pleased to be in the same crew with David Rigon and Miguel Molina. Of course, waiting for the first race, but before that I have got to get in shape because the break was long, and on these tests I was just practicing getting used to the car, remember. So work according to plan.”
“The dream of every pilot to go racing a Ferrari in a strong team and with quick team-mates, Victor and David – shared Miguel Molina. – I am very happy to join the SMP Racing program, which is actively developing Russian Motorsport, and we with our international team will do everything to results pleased the fans around the world. Looking forward to the start of the first race at Monza!”.
“I’m glad to be part of SMP Racing crew, – summed up David Rigon. – This is not the first joint season for Russians and Ferrari, so we have long been familiar with each other, and I am sure can work well together with my partners. And Miguel and Victor – very strong drivers, together we make a great competition to our rivals in the Blancpain in a key championship in the category GT3. Ferrari 488 GT3 quick and reliable car that I won the race “Gulf 12 hours” last year and she definitely goes the SMP Racing livery”.
13-14 March – Paul Ricard (France) – tests
22-23 April – Monza (Italy)
May 13th and 14th – Silverstone (Velikobritaniya)
23-24 June – Paul Ricard (France)
4 July – Spa (Belgium) – tests
27-30 July – “24 hours of Spa” (Belgium)
30 September – 1 October – Barcelona (Spain)
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