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Weekly Racing Roundup (2.14.22)

News including ID Racing’s GT3 plans, RealTime’s return and other program updates…

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News & Notes

***Newly established team ID Racing has entered ADAC GT Masters with a single Porsche 911 GT3 R. The organization is run by Iris Dorr who previously co-managed the MRS GT-Racing squad with Karsten Molitor for several years. Some of the crew members have been brought over from MRS.

“The whole team is very confident and excited about the season ahead in the ADAC GT Masters,” Dorr said. “There is great strength in depth in this series, but our team already has a lot of experience and works very well together.”

***RealTime Racing is returning to Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS after two years away. Michael Cooper and Erin Vogel are confirmed to drive the team’s Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 in the Pro-Am category, after sharing a DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo last term. 

***Sky will continue to broadcast live Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS races in the UK this year, as well as increasing its reach to the Italian and German markets. GTWC Europe will be shown on CBS Sports Network in North America and globally on the GT World YouTube channel. Full details here.

***Experienced Lamborghini team JLOC is continuing with the Italian manufacturer for its two-car GT300 program in the Super GT series. JLOC will run unchanged driver pairings, with Kosuke Matsuura and Natsu Sakaguchi returning to the No. 87 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo and Takashi Kogure and Yuya Motojima continuing in the No. 88.

***Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe front-runner Glenn van Berlo will drive for Oregon Team in International GT Open. Van Berlo has been named as Kevin Gilardoni’s co-driver in the No. 19 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo, with Leonardo Pulcini’s driving partner in the sister No. 63 car still to be confirmed.

***Van Berlo’s older brother Kay has been announced as a member of United Autosports’ driving crew for its European Le Mans Series program with a pair of Ligier JS P320 Nissans. The Porsche Carrera Cup North America presented by The Cayman Islands runner-up won the LMP3 class race at the Rolex 24 at Daytona last month driving for Riley Motorsports. He will race in ELMS alongside Jim McGuire and Andrew Bentley.

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***Gulf 12 Hours class winner Greystone GT has announced plans to join the GT4 European Series with a pair of McLaren 570S GT4s. Its foray will start with a three-race program for the Pro-Am pairing of Alain Valente and Richard Distl covering Paul Ricard, Misano and Barcelona.

***Allied-Racing plans to go for the Silver Cup and Pro-Am titles in the GT4 European Series, as part of the team’s multi-category program with Porsche machinery. The GT4 Silver lineup consists of Alexander Hartvig and Moritz Wiskirchen, while Vincent Andronaco and team CEO Jan Kasperlik form the Pro-Am duo.

***Allied intends to run the new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport in GT4 Europe and ADAC GT4 Germany, where it is aiming to launch a four-car assault. It will also appear in GTWC Europe and ADAC GT Masters with its Porsche 911 GT3 R, as well as three different national Porsche Carrera Cup series.

***Other recent GT4 European updates include the series’ first-ever all-Russian crew of Andrey Solukovtsev and Mikhail Loboda in a W&S Motorsport Porsche, and the French duo of Pierre-Louis Chovet and Stephan Guerin at Alpine squad Arkadia Racing.

***Street-Art Racing has committed to the GT Cup Open class of GT Open with a single Aston Martin Vantage GT4 to be driven by Jahid Fazal-Karim and Julien Darras.

***Rutronik Racing will run a steer-by-wire GT3 Audi in the German GTC Race series, with 17-year-old Finn Zulauf driving and being supported by Markus Winkelhock. The car utilizes Schaeffler Paravan’s Space Drive technology. “It is important for us to involve young drivers in the Space Drive development process,” said Klaus Graf, board member at Schaeffler Paravan and a former American Le Mans Series champion.

On this weekend: Asian Le Mans Series (Yas Marina)

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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