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Weekly Racing Roundup (1.22.18)

Several entries for Blancpain GT Series Asia and Michelin Le Mans Cup announced…

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News & Notes

***Twenty entry fees for the Blancpain GT Series Asia have already been received, according to series director Benjamin Franassovici in a statement released on Friday, with a total of 25 expected before the end of the month. AMAC Motorsport and Craft-Bamboo Racing were the only two publicly-announced entrants until two more programs were revealed in recent days.

***FFF Racing Team by ACM announced on Monday that it will run two Lamborghini Huracan GT3s in the series with a currently unconfirmed lineup. It will, however, enter one car in the Silver Cup and one in the Pro-Am category.

***BMW Team Studie has become the series’ first full-season Japanese entry having confirmed a pair of BMW M4 GT4s with drivers to be announced at a later date. The team has ten years of experience in the GT300 ranks of the Super GT series and has had backing from BMW Japan since 2014.

***Two official Blancpain GT Series Asia test events have also been confirmed, with the first at Sepang ahead of the season-opener. Six sessions of 55 minutes each will take place on Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 12, while the first round of the season will be held that weekend. Six hours of testing will also be held on Thursday, June 28 at Suzuka ahead of the third round of the season.

***Larbre Competition will enter two Ligier JS P3 Nissans in the Michelin Le Mans Cup in addition to its Ligier JS P217 Gibson for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The French outfit is yet to reveal its driver lineup for the LMP3 entry and will be organizing test sessions for prospective drivers at the Val de Vienne circuit near Poitiers, France.

***Andy Meyrick will return to the Michelin Le Mans Cup with Motorsport98, again racing a Ligier JS P3 Nissan with team owner Eric de Doncker. The pairing won the final race of the season at Portimao last year. Meyrick was also recently confirmed in a return to Bullitt Racing for the GT4 European Series.

***FCP Euro is set to enter two Volkswagen Golf GTI TCRs in Pirelli World Challenge after sponsoring the Rooster Hall Racing BMW M235iR in the TC category last year. FCP Euro marketing and brand director Michael Hurczyn and director of motorsport Nate Vincent will pilot the two cars.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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