European based Kiwi Chris van der Drift will join former team Bhaitech for the remaining three rounds of the Blancpain Sprint Series, starting this weekend at the Slovakiaring in Slovakia.
Vander Drift originally joined the team in 2012 when asked to develop their McLaren MP4 12-c which was entered in the last few races of the Italian GT Championship.
“We went on and secured a pole position in our second weekend,” commented van der Drift. “In 2013 I stayed on with the team in an all “pro” line up with Luiz Razia and competed in the International GT Open where we took Bhaitech’s maiden victory and I managed to take three pole positions and many podium places with my team mate.”
This season he teamed up with Boutsen Ginion to compete in the Blancpain Endurance series in the Pro-Am category (also in a McLaren GT3).
“We have one round left of the Endurance Series championship which will be at the Nurburgring on the 20th/21st September and I am currently on my way there for a test we have scheduled on the 19th August to get my team mates up to speed.”
“it’s great to be adding three more races to the bill and then of course we have the very popular World Challenge at Baku in November which I am also really looking forward too!”
The Blancpain Sprint Series format is two races per weekend of 60mins each with only two drivers per ca. Van der Drift will team up with former Toyota Racing Series driver Sten Pentus from Estonia (World Series race winner).
“The Slovakiaring is a circuit I’ve never actually been too so it will be interesting but nothing like a challenge I haven’t faced before.”