Stuart Leonard is the 2017 Blancpain Sprint Series Champion, Europe’s most competitive GT championship.
Leonard came to GT racing through a different route to his peers with their lengthy apprenticeships in karting and formula race cars. A life-long motorsport fan, Leonard turned his dreams of getting behind the wheel into reality relatively late in life whilst working towards a degree in International Financial Management. It was only in 2012 that Leonard first cut his teeth in circuit racing. However, he soon demonstrated his potential by claiming second in points for the top Caterham R300 (now 420R) championship; this outstanding result being achieved in just his second year of competitive motorsport.
From those humble beginnings, it wasn’t long before Leonard expanded his horizons and headed to the world-renowned Nürburgring Nordschleife to contest the VLN Endurance Series. The ‘Green Hell’ is well-renowned as the best proving ground of them all and it wasn’t long before Leonard was ready to face the Blancpain Endurance Cup, initially racing in the Pro-Am class in an Aston Martin Vantage GT3. After a toe-in-the-water campaign in 2014, Leonard took his first win on home soil at Silverstone in 2015, then achieved numerous Silver Cup victories in 2016.
However, his biggest career successes have come in long-distance races with the Belgian Audi Club WRT squad, driving the R8 LMS GT3. Leonard won outright on his first appearance with the four rings at the 2015 Sepang 12 Hour, then followed with his 2016 victory at the Dubai 24 Hour; significantly the first-ever Audi victory at this event.
These victories alongside winning the 2017 Blancpain Sprint Series Championship make Leonard the most successful British Audi driver in GT3 competition to-date.