The Blancpain Endurance Series round in Le Castellet on June 20th-21st also sees the premiere of SRO Motorsports Group’s newest concept, the Ultracar Sports Club. With the presence of at least 16 of the most exclusive automobiles on the planet, the first meeting of the Ultracar Sports Club can already be called a success.
Ultracars are a special breed of cars. Their DNA means that their natural habitat is the race track, but past experience proved their running costs are not compatible with the budget of a race team. But somewhere in between professional motorsport competition and valet parking at a five-star hotel, Stephane Ratel and his SRO team thought that track time within prestigious race events would give the owners of these prestigious cars the ideal environment to fully enjoy these magnificent machines.
They were right. Already four manufacturers have given their support to the first meeting of the Ultracar Sports Club. McLaren will give the P1 GTR its first public track appearance, with test driver Chris Goodwin at the wheel. Lamborghini brings one Veneno Coupe and one Veneno Roadster, a car of which only nine units have been produced. Then there is Bugatti, with official driver Pierre-Henri Raphanel at the wheel of Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse / World Record. Aston Martin will also be part of this very exclusive line-up, bringing a One-77 to Le Castellet.
Beside the manufacturers’ essential contribution to the event, a number of private owners have entered a couple of LaFerrari, an highly exclusive Pagani Zonda R, a Porsche 918, an Apollo Gumpert and six McLaren P1 are also confirmed, bringing the total number of Ultracars to sixteen to date and likely to grow. These magnificent machines will obviously not only be on display for the admiring fans, but will also have time reserved for them on track on both Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June.
Stephane Ratel (CEO and Founder of SRO Motorsports Group): “This is a dream come true. I feel very passionate about the Ultracar Sports Club, because I believe that these beautiful and exclusive machines belong on a race track. I am very happy to see that the manufacturers of this breed of hypercars share my point of view and will bring some of the most iconic examples to Le Castellet.”
Saturday, June 20th 11:20 - 11:50 Ultracar Sports Club on track 12:20 - 12:50 Ultracar Manufacturers Laps 15:35 - 16:05 Ultracar Sports Club on track
Sunday, June 21st 09:50 - 10:20 Ultracar Sports Club on track 14:05 – 14:35 Ultracar Sports Club on track