Cycling legend Chris Hoy and reigning WEC GTE-Am co-champion Egidio Perfetti feature on the 15-car entry list for this weekend’s Porsche single-make GT2 races at Spa.
The event, which is supporting the Total 24 Hours of Spa, technically marks the first competitive outing for the new GT2 category organized by SRO Motorsports Group.
A total of 13 Porsche 911 GT2 Clubsports will debut alongside three Porsche 935 entries in two 30-minute races on Friday and Saturday.
Six-time Olympic gold medallist Hoy will drive the No. 6 Porsche AG-entered 911 GT2 Clubsport, while Perfetti will drive the No. 8 Mentos Racing 935.
American racer James Sofronas, who confirmed his entry to Sportscar365 last month, is slated to drive the new 700-horsepower 911 GT2 Clubsport challenger.
Experienced U.S.-based GT4 competitor Jason Bell is confirmed to represent Spirit Race Team Uwe Alzen Automotive, while last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans GTE-Am winner Christian Ried is also in the field, both in Clubsports.
The two other Porsche 935s, which like the Clubsport machines are based on the Porsche 911 GT2 RS road model, will be driven by Mark Ineichen and Steffen Goerig.
Porsche factory GT motorsport director Pascal Zurlinden recently told Sportscar365 that 935 entries were always planned for Spa, but no formal announcement was made until the manufacturer was certain how many cars would be on the grid.
“The Spa 24-hour race is the perfect stage for the race debut of these spectacular GT2 models,” commented Porsche Motorsport vice president Fritz Enzinger.
“Both vehicles can be fielded at Clubsport level and at selected motorsport events. We’re currently involved in fruitful discussions for the coming year.”
The first multi-manufacturer GT2 race, incorporated into the Blancpain GT Sports Club grid, is expected to take place at Circuit de Catalunya in September.
Porsche and Audi are the only manufacturers to have rolled out GT2 models, while several other constructors are known to be evaluating potential programs.