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- Updated: March 2, 2017
Twenty-five cars have already been confirmed for the GT4 European Series Northern Cup, with entry applications set to close in two weeks’ time.
The grid is expected to reach 25 cars, made up of 13 teams and eight manufacturers, for six rounds starting at Misano on April 1-2.
Reigning GT4 Series champions PROsport Performance will be back with Porsche entries, while several news teams including RN Vision STS, Sean Walkinshaw Racing and Bullitt Racing have already confirmed their entries.
The field will also feature an array of familiar names to the series, including the likes of Allied Racing, Ekris Motorsport, Scuderia Villorba, Sofia Car Motorsport, Las Moras Racing, Equipe Verschuur, Academy Motorsport and Sellite Racing Team.
Eight of the 25 cars on the grid will be KTM X-Bow GT4s, run as part of the Reiter Young Stars program, which returns for its second season.
In addition to the Reiter initiative, SRO Motorsports Group and Pirelli have announced the launch of the Pirelli Junior Cup.
The program will support young drivers between the ages of 16 and 26, and the highest-placed entrant will receive one set of Pirelli tires for use at the next race weekend, while the overall winner at the end of the season will receive the Pirelli Junior Cup trophy.
GT4 Series Northern Cup entrants will also have the opportunity to compete for the overall GT4 European Series title by racing in the Southern Cup rounds at Pau, Barcelona and Paul Ricard.
Full-season Southern Cup teams will have a similar opportunity by adding the Northern Cup rounds at Brands Hatch, Zandvoort and Nürburgring to their six-round French and Spanish schedule.
It has also been confirmed that five of the six Northern Cup rounds will be streamed live on the series’ YouTube channel this season.
The races at Misano, Nürburgring and Slovakia will be 60 minutes in length, while the season-opener at Misano will be held at night, adding a further challenge for drivers.
“The GT4 concept is really doing well in Europe,” commented series manager Max Braams. “An excellent example is the introduction of the Southern Cup and we see ever-growing interest in GT4 overall.
“This year, several teams and drivers have decided to join the GT4 category, having raced at a higher, more expensive level before.
“I am looking forward to what promises to be a very exciting season with a fantastic grid and several new and strong teams.”