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I.S.R. RACING CONFIRMS ITS PARTICIPATION TO THE BLANCPAIN GT SERIES 2017 WITH CECCON, SALAQUARDA, SCHMID AND STIPPLER
17.03.2017 Monza - Kevin Ceccon, Filip Salaquarda, Clemens Schmid and Frank Stippler are the I.S.R. racing's drivers contesting season 2017. The Czech outfit confirmed its presence in the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup and Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.

Following the performance growth shown last year, I.S.R. racing is about to start its third full season in the most exciting and competitive GT series in the world. The team has unveiled the drivers line up for the forthcoming season this afternoon in Monza during a test session held on the " Italian Speed Temple ", theatre of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup opener next April 22nd.

Two cars will take part in the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup. The first Audi R8 LMS will see Filip Salaquarda (CZ) and Clemens Schmid (AUT) sharing the wheel of n.75. Salaquarda, class 1984, has a remarkable experience on GT cars, 253 starts and fourteen podiums. He has been competing in several single seater series, but his career is now bond to Blancpain GT Series, in which he competed for the past six seasons.

Alongside him, the Austrian Clemens Schmid will make his debut with I.S.R. racing. Class 1990, Schmid has acquired a good experience in the Porsche GT3 Cup Middle East where, after a second and a third place obtained respectively in 2014 and 2015, he took a well deserved win last year repeating the triumph of 2013. Despite his young age, he has a podium at the 2015 24 Hours of Dubai under his belt. Schmid will make his debut on the Audi R8 LMS.

The other driver pairing on n.74 will be composed by Audi factory driver Frank Stippler (GER) and Kevin Ceccon (ITA). Stippler, class 1975, secured several wins with the House of the Four Rings. He won the 24 Hours of Nürburgring twice in 2011 and 2012 and the VLN Endurance Championship in 2016 and 2014. Stippler was second in the FIA GT Series 2013. The German has been competing in Blancpain GT Series since 2011 and has a third place in the 2015 Endurance Cup as best result.

Kevin Ceccon, class 1993, is the other new driver at I.S.R. racing. After a successful career on karts, he competed in several single seater categories as GP2 and GP3 Series. The victory of Auto GP in 2011 earned him a F1 test with Scuderia Toro Rosso in the context of the young drivers programme. This season at I.S.R. racing is going to mark his absolute debut in a GT championship, after some participations in the International GT Open 2013 and in the European Le Mans Series 2016 LMP2.

I.S.R. racing will also take part in the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup with one car driven by Filip Salaquarda, Clemens Schmid and Frank Stippler.

Igor Salaquarda (I.S.R. racing, Team Principal):
"We are well motivated ahead of our third season in Blancpain GT Series. We know the championship quite well now and we get to the start ready to do good things. We have strong drivers and the Audi R8 LMS is a fantastic car on all the tracks. I believe we will have to interpret every single round at our best if we want to be among the protagonists of the season".

I.S.R. racing will get back on track next April 1st at the Misano World Circuit for the opener of the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup 2017.