SRO Motorsports Group crowns the 2020 European Champions at Circuit Paul Ricard
- Annual prize-giving organized upstream of the 1000 km of the Circuit Paul Ricard
- Silverware distributed for Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS and GT4 European Series
- Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli and the stars of the Total 24 Hours of Spa also celebrated
SRO Motorsports Group rewarded the star artists of the 2020 season last night at an awards ceremony held at the Circuit Paul Ricard.
Traditionally held at the end of the year, the annual awards have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the restrictions continuing until 2021, it was decided to wait for an appropriate time and place to distribute the silverware for a number of categories, including Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS and the European GT4 Series.
With the two competitors on the Circuit Paul Ricard this weekend, the French circuit was an ideal opportunity. The venue was particularly fitting, as each series concluded its 2020 campaign on the track last November. Thus, many of those who received their silverware on Thursday evening did so at the scene of their triumph. The ceremony followed similar awards ceremonies for SRO America, the FFSA French GT Championship and the Intelligent Money British GT Championship.
Among those celebrated at the awards were the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli champions. BMW drivers from Walkenhorst Motorsport, Nicky Catsburg and Augusto Farfus, were awarded for their championship triumph, which was won spectacularly at Kyalami. Porsche claimed the constructors’ crown for a second consecutive season, retaining the distinctive porcelain trophy.
The German brand was also represented as the winner of the Total 24 Hours of Spa thanks to ROWE Racing, while the category winners of last year’s Belgian endurance classic also reaped their awards. Each winning competitor had already received a limited edition watch from Rebellion Timepieces to mark their achievement.
Team WRT (Audi) was crowned in the overall Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS standings, while Timur Boguslavskiy (AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG) was awarded for his driver title. The WRT team and its young duo of Dries Vanthoor and Charles Weerts won the prizes in the Sprint Cup, while AF Corse (Ferrari) and Alessandro Pier Guidi triumphed in the Endurance Cup.
Among the other titles celebrated, Chris Froggatt and Eddie Cheever III took home the combined Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS Pro-Am crown, while the teams title went to Sky Tempesta Racing (Ferrari). Madpanda Motorsport (Mercedes-AMG) won Silver Cup honors, while Ezequiel Perez Companc was crowned Drivers’ Champion. Each class also recognized its best Endurance Cup and Sprint Cup players, while all title-winning riders received a limited edition watch made by Rebellion Timepieces.
European Championship points counted towards the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS Manufacturers World Title, won for the second time in a row by Mercedes-AMG. Karim Ojjeh received the Philippe Charriol Trophy, which is awarded in the spirit of the gentleman driver who died in 2019. The mechanics were also rewarded, the Team WRT duo Alexandre Riquier and Gil Botelho collecting their prize for the Pit Stop Challenge.
The GT4 European Series celebrated the top three in its Pro-Am, Silver Cup and Am Cup driver rankings. The first was won by Allied-Racing (Porsche) duo Jan Kasperlik and Bastian Buus, while the second was won by representatives of the French team AGS Events, which also won the GT4 European Series teams crown. Valentin Hasse-Clot and Théo Nouet won the Silver Cup, while Nicolas Gomar and Gilles Vannelet took the honors. Each driver who won the championship had already received a Certina watch at the end of the 2020 campaign.
Competitors from both European series will be on track this weekend in search of points for their 2021 title assaults. Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS will tackle its traditional six-hour competition at 6:00 p.m. CEST on Saturday, while the GT4 European Series will organize two one-hour races on Sunday.
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