More than two-dozen cars are set to take part in next month’s Sepang 12 Hours, including a large and diverse field of GT3 machinery.
The SRO Motorsports Group-run event, scheduled for Dec. 10-13, will feature a number of top Blancpain GT teams and drivers, as a precursor to the newly launched Intercontinental GT Challenge, which will debut in 2016.
ENTRY LIST: Sepang 12 Hours
Twenty six cars are provisionally listed, including 14 GT3 cars, representing six different brands, as well as a number of Cup-based machinery and touring cars.
It includes a two-car factory effort from Bentley Team M-Sport, with drivers Steven Kane, Guy Smith, Vincent Abril, Maxime Soulet, Maxi Buhk and Andy Soucek.
Belgium Audi Club Team WRT will enterer a pair of new Audi R8 LMS cars as well, with Laurens Vanthoor expected to race alongside Stephane Ortelli, with Enzo Ide, Christopher Mies and Christopher Haase in the other car.
Phoenix Racing also has two Audis entered, one for Nicki Mayr-Melnho, Nicki Thiim and Markus Winkelhock and a Hong Kong Phoenix Asia-backed car as well.
Local entries include efforts from both Clearwater Racing (Ferrari 458 Italia) and FF Rcing Team by ACM (McLaren 650S GT3), featuring star drivers such as Gianmaria Bruni, James Calado and Matt Griffin in the Ferrari.
There are seven GTC class cars entered, including Audi, Porsche ad Lamborghini Cup cars, as well as a small selection of Touring class cars for the around-the-clock enduro.
“We are extremely happy to see that our co-operation with the Sepang International Circuit on the Sepang 12 Hours project is bearing fruit,” said Stephane Ratel.
“This is an important event for us, since we want to create high profile GT3 events in the Asia-Pacific region.
“This year the Sepang 12 Hours will still be run as a stand-alone event, but next year it will play an important part in the success of the Intercontinental GT Challenge.
The event will feature live TV in both Asia and Europe, with flag-to-flag coverage on MotorsTV, as well as live streaming online.