This weekend (13-14 April) Italy’s historic Autodromo Nazionale di Monza will be hosted the first round of the Blancpain GT Series and therefore the first race of the season for Leonid Machitski.

Leonid will be part of the #77 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO crew of Adrian Amstutz and Miguel Ramos in their quest to defend the Blancpain Am Cup Championship titles they won last year.

A packed grid representing 10 different manufacturers will tackle a three-hour race at the Italian venue, where 49 cars will compete for outright and class honours. It promises to be a thrilling weekend of racing in Italy.

Its 5.793km (3.600-mile) layout consists of long straights broken up by chicanes, with Curve di Lesmo and Curva Parabolica situated at either end to form a loop. Indeed, Blancpain GT Series drivers can expect to reach 285kmh (177mph) at the ‘Temple of Speed’.

The Monza weekend will begin on Friday 12 April with 90-minute private testing sessions at 10.00 and 13.50. The first full-field run takes place on Saturday morning, with a 90-minute free practice getting underway at 11.35. Pre-qualifying will be staged at 17.20, followed on Sunday morning at 09.45 by the deciding qualifying session. The race will begin at its traditional time of 15.00 on Sunday afternoon, culminating at 18.00.

Leonid Machitski: “We have done a very good job during testing at Paul Ricard and completed a lot of laps. We have done our homework at the tests which is the most important thing. In my opinion, Monza is one of the greatest and iconic circuits in Europe with lots of history. In general, it’s not a difficult track because it doesn’t have a lot of corners but more long-straights. Most of the corners are slow and the real turns start from Lesmo. The real difficulty each car faces at this track are the brakes. There can be a lot of accidents in Turn 1 because it’s a very slow corner. However, there are a lot of cars running at high speeds, when you get closer to Turn 1 you can carry speeds of approximately 270 km/h and then you have to slow the car down to 50 km/h and this is difficult for the brakes. To sum it up: we prepared well and now let’s go to Monza!”

Event Timetable: https://www.blancpain-gt-series.com/