Welcome to 2017: as we present our best wishes to all our readers, we can anticipate that the forthcoming season, which will be the 12th edition of the International GT Open, will bring new blood and renewed excitement. Track action will resume in little more than one month, with the first testing session at Barcelona (17-18 February).
While we all still enjoy winter delights, it is a good time to give a look at some overall statistics. The 2016 season has been rich in new entries in the club of race winners, as no less than 17 drivers clinched their maiden GT Open win. The ranking is still led by double champion Andrea Montermini (19 wins), but Miguel Ramos is closing the gap. The Portuguese has now 16 successes and will certainly aim at increasing his toll in 2017.
BMW and Lamborghini also made their appearance among manufacturers having won races of the GT Open, a ranking that sees Ferrari keeping a strong lead (90 wins) ahead of Porsche (33).
Among Teams, AF Corse, although not having taken overall wins this year, is ahead of the pack with 23 successes, ahead of Autorlando Sport (16) and V8 Racing and IMSA Performance (11) to cite squads still in activity, in a ranking where Teo Martín Motorsport has made the biggest step forward, being now 8th with 8 wins.