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Test Day - Blancpain GT Series - Circuit Paul Ricard - France

13th - 14th March 2017

Event report Raymond Bonnello, photos Fréderic Lemaire

The weather conditions were excellent for the traditional Blancpain tests day on the Paul Ricard circuit.

11 brands with 13 different models represented by 31 teams and 47 crews were the opposing forces in attendance mid March in the south of France.

Aston Martin (Vantage V12 GT3), Audi (R8 LMS), Bentley (Continental GT3), BMW (F13 M6 GT3), Jaguar (Emil Frey G3), Ferrari (458 Italia GT3 & 488 GT3), Lamborghini (Gallardo R-EX & Huracan GT3), McLaren (650 S GT3), Mercedes-AMG GT3, Nissan (GT-R Nismo GT3) and Porsche (911 GT3 R).

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Monday, March 13th

The first day of the Official Test Days of the 2017 Blancpain GT Series saw plenty of action at the Circuit Paul Ricard.

The best time of the morning session was realized by Keilwitz/Salikhov (Ferrari 488 GT3 #333 - Rinaldi Racing) in 1:56.961 followed by Buhk/Baumann (Mercedes-AMG GT3 #84 - AMG - Team HTP Motorsport) with a gap of 0.162.

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The afternoon tests were dominated by the Audi Salaquarda/Schmid/Stippler (Audi R8 LMS #75 - ISR) in 1:56.789 followed by Kelders/Hasse/Guilvert (Audi R8 LMS #26 - Sainteloc Racing) and Beaubelique/Gounon (Mercedes-AMG GT3 #87 - AKKA ASP) first of the PAM.

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Tuesday, March 14th

The second day of the Official Test Days saw lap times improving all day long.

In the morning session Crestani/Yacaman ( Lamborghini Huracan GT3 #27 - Orange 1 Team Lazarus) putting them into the second absolute time of the tests days.

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In 1:56.558 Perfetti/Fontana/Badey (Mercedes-AMG GT3 #89 - AKKA ASP) in front of the sister car of Beaubelique/Gounon (Mercedes-AMG GT3 #87 - AKKA ASP) and an other Mercedes-AMG GT3 #84 of Buhk/Baumann clocked the quickest time of two days.

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(Based on Blancpain Press release)

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