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Blancpain Silver Cup top-three finish is Walkinshaw’s goal

29th September 2016

One of Europe’s most popular race tracks, the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain, is the venue for the final event of the Blancpain Sprint Cup season – and the full Blancpain GT Series as a whole – this weekend where Sean Walkinshaw is aiming to wrap up 2016 on a high.

Buoyed by a season-best second place in the Silver Cup class during round four of the Sprint Cup at the Hungaroring in Budapest last month, the rapid NISMO Athlete and Nissan GT Academy Team RJN team-mate Ricardo Sánchez are targeting a top three end-of-year placing in the Silver Cup standings.

Climbing into fourth place in the championship on the category’s first-ever appearance in Hungary, the duo head into the fifth and final race meeting of the Sprint Cup campaign just six points shy of the top three and only 13 points outside the runner-up spot.

Just over a week ago, Sean (above) concluded the sister Endurance Cup at Germany’s Nürburgring with a very strong race run in the #22 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 and with that level of performance still fresh in the mind there is a strong feeling of positivity in the team.

Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya is another new venue for the Blancpain competitors and, as such, there are a number of unknowns. The 2.9-mile track features a mix of technical corners and high-speed straights, meaning a fine balance needs to be struck in terms of set-up.

“We don’t know how the Nissan will go in Barcelona but we’re determined to end the Sprint Cup as strongly as we can,” Sean said. “It’s been a challenging year overall, the Sprint Cup has been tougher for us than the Endurance Cup races, but we’re going to Spain in a positive frame of mind.

“The main thing we’re focused on is the Silver Cup battle. We’re only six points behind third place and that’s the target. Hopefully we’ll be able to deliver one of our best performances of the season, I’ll definitely be giving 100% as always.”