Expanded 47-Car Field For Paul Ricard

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An expanded field of 47 cars are set for the second round of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup season at Paul Ricard next weekend.

Released by SRO Motorsports Group on Friday, the entry list for the six-hour Paul Ricard 1000km sees the addition of four cars as well as a number of driver changes since last month’s season-opener at Monza.

Among the additions include a Pro class McLaren 720S GT3 entered by JP Motorsport featuring Christian Klien, Patryk Krupinski and Karol Bascz. 

The Polish outfit previously announced a partial-season DTM program for the ex-Formula 1 driver Klien.

As confirmed on Thursday, Iron Lynx will field a third Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 for the series’ first-ever all-female driver lineup of Katherine Legge, Doriane Pin and Sarah Bovy, joining the Italian squad’s two Pro class factory-backed entries.

AF Corse has added a Pro-Am entry for Duncan Cameron and Matt Griffin, while Car Collection will make its first GTWC Europe start of the season with an Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo for Milan Dontje, Patrick Kolb and Sion Reicher in the Silver Cup.

David Perel and Nicolas Varone have been added to Rinaldi Racing’s Silver class entry, with Patrick Kujala not slated to drive at Paul Ricard, while Fabian Schiller replaces Callum Macleod in the No. 69 Ram Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo in Pro-Am.

Nick Moss has been added as a third driver in the No. 70 incepton racing McLaren after Ollie Millroy and Brendan Iribe took part as a two-driver lineup in the three-hour Monza season-opener.

Barwell Motorsport will welcome back Leo Matchinski to its No. 77 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo, replacing Adrian Amstutz, while Jonathan Hui takes the seat occupied at Monza by Stefan Gorig in the No. 93 Sky Tempesta Racing Ferrari, also in Pro-Am. 

The No. 99 Attempto Racing Audi, meanwhile, will see Max Hofer at the wheel instead of Tommaso Mosca in the Silver Cup entry.

After a rain-affected season-opener, the No. 54 Dinamic Motorsport trio of Christian Engelhart, Matteo Cairoli and Klaus Bachler head in as championship leaders in their Porsche 911 GT3 R.

The event at Paul Ricard, the 10th year as part of the Endurance Cup schedule, will be played out over a two-day schedule beginning with a 60-minute Bronze test on Friday morning. Free Practice gets underway at 3 p.m. local time followed by pre-qualifying in the evening.

Qualifying is on tap for 10:45 a.m. on Sat. May 29 with the six-hour race scheduled to take the green at 6 p.m. and run until midnight.

The event will also feature Round Two of the Fanatec Esports GT Pro Series. The 60-minute Assetto Corsa Competizione race forms part of a packed Saturday, with qualifying set for 1:05 p.m. and the race following at 1:35 p.m. The action will take place on-site at the Fanatec Esports Arena.

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