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17 Entries for Macau

FIA GT World Cup in Macau to feature 17 entries from four manufacturers…

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A total of 17 cars from four manufacturers are set to take part in this year’s FIA GT World Cup, with the entry list for the Nov. 14-17 event at Macau’s Guia Circuit having been released by the FIA on Thursday.

The event features two additional cars compared to last year’s event, although with one fewer manufacturer, with Nissan not represented.

Audi, BMW, Porsche and Mercedes-AMG all return with factory or works-supported entries, which have all been announced in recent weeks.

An additional Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo, however, has been added for Team WRT’s Charles Weerts, who will be one of four Silver-rated drivers in the field.

Weerts joins the previously confirmed Kelvin van der Linde, Dries Vanthoor, Christopher Haase and Weian Chen with Audis, while there will also be five Mercedes-AMG GT3s on the grid in the hands of Edoardo Mortara, Maro Engel, Raffaele Marciello, Alessio Picariello and Adderly Fong.

Porsche will have four entries, to be driven by Laurens Vanthoor, Earl Bamber, Kevin Estre and Alexandre Imperatori, while defending champions BMW will have a pair of M6 GT3s with Joel Eriksson and defending champion Augusto Farfus, who returns with Team Schnitzer.

The target of additional entries, with the new-for-2019 allowance of Silver drivers to the field, does not appear to have fully materialized, with two of the four Silver entries driving for factory-backed efforts.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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