A total of 15 cars and five GT3 manufacturers are set to take part in next month’s FIA GT World Cup in Macau, with the entry list for the Nov. 15-18 event at the Guia Circuit having been released on Thursday.
While featuring the return of Audi, BMW, Mercedes-AMG, Porsche and the addition of Nissan, it marks a decrease from the 20-car, seven manufacturer entry in last year’s accident-filled event.
Reigning champion Edoardo Mortara has been confirmed alongside inaugural winner Maro Engel in the three-car GruppeM Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 effort, which also sees newly crowned Blancpain GT Series champion Raffaele Marciello also in the lineup.
2016 champion Laurens Vanthoor, meanwhile, is set to return in a Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R with Earl Bamber as his teammate.
Audi will have three supported entries on the grid, with Robin Frijns and Dries Vanthoor, who is set for his Macau debut, set to pilot WRT Speedstar-entered Audi R8 LMS cars and Christopher Haase placed with Audi Sport Team Rutronik.
BMW, meanwhile, will be represented by a single Schnitzer-entered BMW M6 GT3 for Augusto Farfus.
KCMG’s previously announced three-car Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 effort, meanwhile, will be spearheaded by Oliver Jarvis, who makes his return to Macau for the first time since winning the Formula 3 event in 2007.
The Briton will be joined by Alexandre Imperatori and Tsugio Matsuda in the Hong Kong-based team’s effort.
There will be additional local talent on the grid with Adderly Fong set to drive a Zun Motorsport Crew-entered Audi and Darryl O’Young at the wheel of a Craft Bamboo Racing Porsche, in a two-car operation that will mark Porsche Young Professional Mathieu Jaminet’s Macau debut.
As in recent years, the event will be run over a 12-lap qualifying race and 18-lap main race to determine the FIA GT World Champion.