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Bahrain Rookie Test Entry List Released

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The initial entry list for next weekend’s Bahrain Rookie Test has been released, currently featuring 12 cars and a handful of team-selected drivers that set to take part in the Nov. 19 test at the Sakhir circuit.

ENTRY LIST: Bahrain Rookie Test

Indian BOSS GP Championship driver Mahaveer Raghunathan will test with G-Drive Racing, with Konstantin Tereshchenko from Russia set to turn laps in TDS Racing’s Oreca 07 Gibson and Formula Renault 2.0 NEC driver Gabriel Aubry confirmed in Signatech Alpine’s LMP2 entry.

The No. 71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE, meanwhile, will have Japanese driver Ishikawa Motoaki alongside Olivier Beretta, with Porsche’s four full-season drivers currently listed in the pair of mid-engined 911 RSRs in GTE-Pro.

Jackie Chan DC Racing and CEFC Manor TRS Racing also has entries listed, but with to-be-announced drivers.

As previously announced, Thomas Laurent will turn laps in a Toyota TS050 Hybrid, having been selected by the FIA World Endurance Championship, with the World Series Formula V8 3.5 champion to test with Porsche in LMP1.

The runner-up in the open-wheel championship, which closes out it season in Bahrain alongside the WEC, will be placed in the LMP2 championship-winning car, and third place finisher in the WEC GTE-Pro champion entry.

Fernando Alonso, who has been tipped to test with Toyota, is not listed on the initial entry list.

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  1. Kyle

    November 8, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Four young hotshoes in the GTE Porsches…haven’t heard much of them, best of luck to them.

  2. David Chaste

    November 8, 2017 at 11:56 am

    One look at that TDS car seemingly in attack mode just gave me nightmares of Matthieu Vaxiviere punting the Risi car at LeMans. Hopefully he doesn’t get a rookie test in a P1 Porsche or Toyota.

    A 7 minutes stop and go penalty for a crash that took out a class contender. French team French car, French drivers…French benefits.

    Before anyone says something I got strong French ties as well, but I love my American racing too.

    Risi in IMSA is almost a necessity so IMSA fans need risi to be doing good and at least win 1 or 2 races a year to keep Dear Gisseppe’s Ferrari backing in place.

    • Dan

      November 8, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      Why did you bring up a guy that isn’t on the entry list and has nothing to do with the article except being affiliated with the team testing then?

      As for the “I have French ties”, that’s like the guy who starts of a conversation “I’m not racist, but..”

      • David Chaste

        November 8, 2017 at 3:49 pm

        He drove for the team during the whole season except for one race. So yes the car does remind me of his lemans snafu.

        Had it not been an all french effort there would have been a much heftier penalty. If you watch lemans with an impartial eye you will notice an effort that has a significantly french component will have a bit more discretion when issues arise.

        Even Oreca would have wanted this team to win instead of Rebellion or DC racing.

        Risi could have challenged for the win at lemans and even for the IMSA championship.

      • David Chaste

        November 8, 2017 at 3:58 pm

        The entry list means nothing. The almighty dollar can change that in a heartbeat and Francois Perrodo (Matthieu’s boss) will never run out of it.

        • Dan

          November 19, 2017 at 10:38 am

          Yeah, you are under some very strong delusions if you think perrodo is going to pay alot of money, were talking millions to get him a P1 test just for fun.

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