The Yas Marina Circuit paddock in Abu Dhabi was busy today with teams opening the containers to receive their race cars and set up their pit boxes ahead of this weekend’s Gulf 12 Hours.
In the end 25 cars have made the trip to the Middle East, with 24 cars currently listed with a full driver lineup. The second MRS GT-Racing Porsche 991 GT3 Cup is at the circuit, but had no drivers listed yet and remains a question mark.
AF Corse will run all four entered cars, with Steve Wyatt, Michele Rugolo and Davide Rigon joining the team in one of the three Ferrari 458 GT3s Amato Ferrari’s team has entered in the Pro-Am class.
David Akhobadze will join Adrien De Leener and Cedric Sbirrazzuoli in the AF Corse’s Gentlemen class entry.
At GTRussian, team regular drivers Marko Asmer and Alexey Vasilyev will share the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 with UAE’s Karim Al Azhari. The car, arriving in Abu Dhabi still wearing the Blancpain Sprint Series livery from Baku, will be run by the Fortec GT squad this weekend.
The sixth and final driver in the new McLaren 650S GT3 will be Gilles Vannelet. The experienced French driver will join Peter Kox and Nico Pronk in the No. 60 car.
Jorge Lorenzo and Liam Talbot will share their Kessel Racing Ferrari with Marco Zanuttini and Jacques Duyver. The Swiss team will not race its Ferrari 458 Challenge cars this weekend.
Stuart Hall, Roald Goethe and Frederic Fatien will race No. 69 Gulf Racing Lamborghini Gallardo, the only Lamborghini on the grid this weekend.
Mohammed Jawa and Jordan Grogor complete the Dragon Racing Ferrari lineup, the team running just one car instead of the previously announced two-car effort.
All four Wolf GB08s have confirmed lineups. Ivan Bellarosa, Guglielmo Belotti and Ricardo Teixeira will race the No. 45 Avelon Formula car, while Simon Stoller, Gianluca Pizzuti and Fabio Emanuela are entered in the No. 46 car.
In the Porsche Cup class, Rob Thomson and Yusif Bassil will join Belgian Nicolas Vandierendonck, while Ralf Bohn, Siegfried Venema and Ilya Melnikov have been confirmed forthe No. 33 MRS GT-Racing Porsche.
An 80-minute night practice session kicks off on-track activities on Thursday, with two additional practice sessions scheduled for Friday, prior to qualifying in the afternoon.
The Gulf 12 Hours, split into two six-hour segments, begins on Saturday at 8:49 a.m. local.