The VdeV Sports series is set to blast back into action in Barcelona this weekend with an impressive line-up of GT cars, Touring cars and prototypes while also welcoming the new LMP3 category machines.
For 2016, the GT/Touring Car Challenge series is opening itself to LMP3 prototypes to take on the likes of Ferrari GT2 and GT3 machines, run by current title holders AF Corse, as well as Audi R8 LMs and Mercedes SLS GT3.
The Ligier JS P3 model will be the main contender on the LMP3 front, fielded by teams Graff, Speed Factory, Inter Europol and Be Motorsport. Despite these cars being more powerful on paper V de V Sports' well-established regulations and long endurance races will see all entries within reach of victory.
AB Sport Auto's two Renault R.S.01 in the GT class and team Speedreams' Pescarolo 02 in the PFV class bolsters the ranks to over 25 cars in the class and found Eric van de Vyver is relishing the upcoming season.
“It's become our tradition to kick off the V de V Endurance Series' new season at Barcelona; a popular destination for our competitors, where a tough challenge awaits them. The warm welcome from the organisers and Spanish fans paired with the circuit´s mild, pleasant weather makes Montmeló the obvious choice to stage the first round of the year,” van de Vyver said.
“Another of V de V's traditions is its well-known, prosperous line-up, including five distinct categories that the V de V team continue to unite under one meeting: Proto Endurance Challenge, GT/Touring Car/LMP3 Endurance Challenge, Historic Endurance, CN Sprint and Formula Challenges. Together these platforms form a dynamic cocktail of endurance and sprint races, and the proof of the series' success lies with the 30-odd cars present on each grid. With the powerful emergence of the LMP3 category, I would go so far as saying the V de V Endurance Series itself is becoming more influential and powerful.
“After the dress rehearsal at Magny-Cours at the beginning of March, I believe all drivers, teams and organisers will be excited for the season to get underway. V de V Sports hence looks forward to welcoming you all on Catalan soil to a new racing season that promises once again to be competitive, exciting and unpredictable, all the while staged in an amiable environment.”
The GT series will be supplemented by six hours of Prototype endurance racing which will be headed by the Norma M20 FC and Ligier JS53 Evo 2, two models that continue to lead the way forward by being faster than an LMP3 car over one lap while also holding a higher corner speed than an LMP2 car.
The series will be supplemented by the Ligier model while British designers Gibson should also be present at the first round in Barcelona with its new GH-20 completed the category entry list at 25 cars.
Finally, the CN Sprint challenge will welcome 30 cars to Circuit de Catalunya ensuring a frantic grid and wheel to wheel action this weekend at the 2016 season opener.