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30 Cars Expected for Sepang 12H

Photo: Sepang 12H

Photo: Sepang 12H

A grid of 30 cars are expected for December’s Sepang 12 Hours, the SRO Motorsports Group has revealed. (En Français)

The around-the-clock Malaysian enduro, which has been taken over by the Stephane Ratel-led organization this year, will feature a variety of GT3, GT4 and touring car machinery.

“Right now we have a good 20 cars confirmed,” event promoter Benjamin Franassovici told Endurance-Info. “And we have a good 30 cars in our plans.

“All major [GT3] brands will be represented except for Nissan. We’ll also have local teams in Touring.”

The event, traditionally run in late August, has been moved to Dec. 11-13 to allow European teams to make the trip to Asia, which could also include an entry in the FIA GT World Cup in Macau, three weeks earlier.

“The cars will leave Europe in early November,” Franassovici said. “There will also be Asian teams represented from Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand.”

While a preliminary entry list has not yet been released, Bentley has previously confirmed a two-car factory M-Sport effort, while it’s understood Belgian Audi Club Team WRT is also planning to bring at least one new Audi R8 LMS to Malaysia.

Franassovici expressed their long-term goal for the event, which will be a part of the Intercontinental GT Challenge next year and the Asia-Pacific GT3 Endurance Championship, which Ratel has targeted to launch in 2017.

“The idea is to group several good races in the Asia Pacific region and even more if logistically possible,” Franassovici said.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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