Blancpain Racer Hutchison To Double-Up At Zandvoort With One-Off GT4 European Series Return

Dundee driver to contest four races in The Netherlands this weekend across GT4 and GT3
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July 10, 2019

Blancpain Racer Hutchison To Double-Up At Zandvoort With One-Off GT4 European Series Return

Dundee driver to contest four races in The Netherlands this weekend across GT4 and GT3

Front-running Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe racer Finlay Hutchison has confirmed he will double-up his track action at Zandvoort this coming weekend, 13th/14th July, by making a one-off return to the GT4 European Series alongside his commitments in the headline Blancpain category.

The 19-year-old, from Dundee in Scotland, is to partner Dutch driver Olivier Heart in one of V8 Racing’s Chevrolet Camaro cars in the GT4 European Series – a reunification for Hutchison with the team with which he starred in GT4 at the Hungaroring last year.

Of course, the Scot will also be continuing with his maiden GT3 season in the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe alongside Frederic Vervisch in the No.11 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO just two weeks since the duo achieved a best-yet result of fifth at Misano in Italy.

“It’s going to be a mega busy weekend at Zandvoort but I’m really looking forward to it”, said the Scotsman, “Four races in one weekend is a challenge, but we did it last year at Spa with two races in the GT4 European Series and two more in the British GT4 Championship so we know what to expect.

“It’s great to be partnering with Olivier and working with the V8 Racing guys again who we’ve got a long-standing relationship with. I really enjoyed racing the Chevrolet last year, it’s a great car to drive, and while it is obviously quite different to the Audi GT3 I’m confident I’ll be able to transition between the two without too much trouble.”

As well as his experience with V8 Racing in the GT4 European Series last year, Hutchison has also previously competed with the Dutch squad in the Dubai 24 Hours where they celebrated a class podium finish in the team’s Chevrolet Corvette GT3 during the 2018 staging of the race.

Last year’s aforementioned Hungaroring races in GT4 with V8 Racing came about after an engine fire during practice for Hutchison’s McLaren 570S left him without a drive. Offered the chance to partner Duncan Huisman in the latter’s Chevrolet Camaro, the pairing delivered an eye-opening performance with a weekend best of eighth place from the back of the huge 42-car grid.

In terms of previous experience at Zandvoort, the Hutchison Technologies, Evoson and In-Home Displays backed racer took a memorable victory in the standalone ‘Zandvoort 500’ in 2017 at the wheel of a Renaultsport R.S.01 – his second career endurance racing win – as team-mate to rally raid ace Bernhard ten Brinke.

Hutchison’s big Zandvoort weekend will begin with GT4 European Series testing at the Dutch track tomorrow, Thursday, 11th July, ahead of free practice sessions in both GT4 and Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe on Friday, 12th July.

Qualifying for GT4 will get underway at 07.30 (UK time) on Saturday, 13th July, immediately followed by Blancpain qualifying at 08.30 (UK time). The first GT4 race of the weekend will start at 11.50 (UK time) with the opening Blancpain encounter beginning at 13.35 (UK time). On Sunday, 14th July, GT4 race two will start at 10.25 (UK time) with the second Blancpain race set to begin at 13.15 (UK time).

Live online streaming of the GT4 action will be carried HERE with the Blancpain races streamed online HERE

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