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News & Notes Roundup: 3.16

The latest news and notes from the world of sports car racing…

Photo: Car Collection Motorsport

Photo: Car Collection Motorsport

***Horst Felbermayr has teamed up with Car Collection Motorsport for 2016, which will result in the return of the well-known blue and yellow design on a race car. After a sabbatical from racing in 2015, Felbermayr will race an Audi R8 LMS this season in the 24H Series, VLN and Nürburgring 24 Hours. The Felbermayr Audi will debut at the 12H Zandvoort in early May.

***The second Blancpain GT Sports Club season will kick off at Misano World Circuit next month, as an official support to the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup. 20 cars have been entered so far by 11 teams. Entries include a Corvette C6.R GTE and three Ferrari 458 GTEs, but also a brand new Ferrari 488 GT3.

***Ombra Racing has signed defending Italian GT champion Stefano Gattuso and 2016 Lamborghini Squadra Corse GT3 Junior Program driver Alex Frassineti to race its new Lamborghini Huracán GT3 in this year’s Italian championship.

***Drive Technology Italia will run a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 in the Italian GT Championship this season, with technical support from JRM. Team manager Marco Panzavuota confirmed no decision has yet been made on the lineup. The team could also take part in selected rounds of the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup.

***Wochenspiegel Team Manthey is set to race in International GT Open this year, marking the return of Manthey Racing. Manthey left the championship after taking second place in the 2012 championship. Selleslagh Racing Team will rejoin with one of its Corvettes and the organizers expect 20+ cars for the opening round at Estoril on April 23-24.

***Patrick Assenheimer and Dominik Schwager will race a Callaway Competition Corvette C7 GT3-R in the ADAC GT Masters this season. For Assenheimer it is his third consecutive season with Callaway, while Schwager will drive a Corvette for the first time since 2008. In 2008 Schwager drove six races in a Corvette, winning three of them.

***Mike Rockenfeller and Timo Scheider will join Marc Basseng and Connor de Phillippi in the Land-Motorsport Audi R8 LMS for the Nürburgring 24 Hours on May 28-29. Rockenfeller, Scheider and Basseng are all former winners of the event. De Phillippi finished second in class on his debut last year.

***At the annual British GT Championship Media Day series organizers SRO announced a 33-strong grid for this season. A grand total of 15 GT3 and 17 GT4 full-season entries have been confirmed, with another GT4 joining later in the season.

***The additional GT4 car will be driven by English baker and celebrity chef Paul Hollywood. Hollywood made his championship debut with Beechdean AMR last year and will return to the team later this season, driving an Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 in the final three rounds.

***McLaren announced the all-new McLaren 570S GT4 on Tuesday, which will be entered in the British GT championship. Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse will run one car in the series, alongside its McLaren 650S GT3. Following a season-long development program it will be made available for customers in 2017. The car is priced at 159,900 pounds ($226,500)

Marcel ten Caat (@marceltencaat) is a contributor to Sportscar365 and other publications including


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