The Blancpain GT Series runs over 10 events with 5 endurance cup and 5 sprint cup races.
The objective of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, five events centred around the Total 24 Hours of Spa, is to take GT3 cars into endurance racing formats of three hours with two mandatory pit stops.
The Blancpain GT Series is mainly reserved for GT3 cars, applying the principles of Balance of Performance and a driver categorisation system successfully developed by SRO Motorsports Group.
The Series comprises the title of Blancpain GT Series Winner for Drivers and one title of Blancpain GT Series Winner for Teams, which will be awarded overall as well as in the Pro-Am and Am categories.
It also includes Cups : the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Overall, Pro-Am and Am Cup for Teams and Drivers, the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Overall, Pro-Am and Am Cups for Teams and Drivers, and the Blancpain GT Series Silver Cup for Drivers.
Hutchison sampled the Audi R8 he will race next year during a test outing with Phoenix at Portimao in Portugal last week, a run which went particularly well and gave the teenager plenty of confidence ahead of a more extensive pre-season testing programme in the New Year.
Phoenix Racing, which is based at the Nurburgring in Germany and was formed in 1999, is one of the most successful teams in GT3 competition and has wide-ranging experience in championships such as the DTM ‘German touring cars’, FIA GT Championship and VLN Endurance Series.
The squad, headed by Team Director Ernst Moser, is a past championship winner in DTM, the FIA GT3 European Championship and has also tasted significant success in the Nurburgring 24 Hours and also the Spa 24 Hours.
Hutchison will round out his busy 2017 season with two more Endurance races - this time with the HTP Mercedes-AMG squad.
He will be competing in the 24 Hours Circuit of the Americas Event, before ending the season with the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Raceway in December - again with HTP Mercedes-AMG