Scottish Racer Hutchison Adds GT World Challenge 'Sprint Cup' Bid To 2020 Schedule

Finlay Hutchison to dovetail ELMS campaign with GT World Challenge assault with Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG
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March 5, 2020

Scottish Racer Hutchison Adds GT World Challenge 'Sprint Cup' Bid To 2020 Schedule

Finlay Hutchison to dovetail ELMS campaign with GT World Challenge assault with Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG

Finlay Hutchison, one of the UK’s most promising young endurance racers, will add a front-running ‘Silver Cup’ bid in the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup to his 2020 plans it is confirmed this evening, Thursday, 5th March, after signing a deal with crack squad Black Falcon.

The 20-year-old, who earlier today announced a campaign in the European Le Mans Series with Ferrari squad JMW Motorsport, will now dovetail those commitments with the five-round ‘Sprint Cup’ where he will race one of Black Falcon’s Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars.

His deal with Black Falcon marks Hutchison’s second season in the ‘Sprint Cup’ rounds of GT World Challenge Europe, having contested the full Blancpain GT Series – as it was known then – last year at the wheel of an Audi R8.

For his second season in the championship, Hutchison will join a yet-to-be-confirmed team-mate in the No.5 Mercedes-AMG GT3 having previously gained experience with the German marque during January’s Hankook Dubai 24 Hours where he was an outstanding second in the GT3-AM class.

Looking ahead to his return to GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup, the Dundee racer said: “It’s going to be another busy year of racing and I’m really excited to have signed with Black Falcon for the Sprint Cup in GT World Challenge. I’ve obviously got experience of the series from last year and the team is second-to-none, and highly respected.

“I’ve had a few tests in the car and, obviously, had a great result at the Dubai 24 Hours in January on my first race outing in a Mercedes so I really am looking forward to the season. Hopefully we can put together a really strong challenge in the Silver Cup, that’s the target.”

Backed by Hutchison Technologies, Evoson and In-Home Displays in GT World Challenge Europe, as well as in the European Le Mans Series this year, Hutchison goes into his second season of Sprint Cup action with high hopes.

Last year marked his first full campaign at GT3 level, where he combined action in the ‘Sprint’ series with participation in the five-round sister Endurance Cup. In the latter, Hutchison achieved a maiden podium finish at Paul Ricard in France to add to a string of race victories at GT4 level the year prior.

Black Falcon, of course, is one of the most highly respected and successful teams in global GT competition with victories in some of the world’s most prestigious endurance races, including the Nurburgring 24 Hours, Dubai 24 Hours and the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi.

Round one of the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup season will take place on British soil over the weekend 2nd/3rd May at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent. The series will conclude in October at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.

2020 GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup Calendar

Rd1 – Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit, UK – 2nd/3rd May

Rd2 – Zandvoort, The Netherlands – 27th/28th June

Rd3 – Misano, Italy – 4th/5th July

Rd4 – Hungaroring, Hungary – 26th/27th September

Rd5 – Barcelona, Spain – 10th/11th October

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