The GTWCE initially formed in 2011, under the name of the Blancpain Endurance series.
Formerly a five-round Endurance racing series, the introduction of Sprint races in 2014 extended the championship, becoming an overall title to recognise the most consistent performers across both disciplines while also retaining individual Endurance and Sprint titles.
In 2016, the series names were adjusted to the Endurance Cup and Sprint Cup. Today, the overall championship consists of 10-rounds split evenly between both cups, with the Total Energies 24 Hours of Spa as the hero event.
With the Sprint Cup consisting of shorter one-hour races, they tend to be high-speed challenges designed to test drivers’ reactions and skill, while also requiring good strategy through the pitstop phase.
Endurance races are more a test of patience and durability. Teams consist of multiple drivers and cover long distances, with driver changes taking part in slotted pit-windows.
The 24H of Spa is the blue-ribband event of the Endurance Cup. The event celebrates its centenary in 2024 and is one of the grandest GT races around and attracts many of the finest sports car racers around the globe for the day-long race around one of the most legendary circuits around.