***Laurens Vanthoor will join kfzteile24 APR Motorsport in the ADAC GT Masters. The Belgian driver, who will race for Belgian Audi Club Team WRT in the Blancpain GT Series, will share the wheel of one of the team’s Audi R8 LMS with Florian Stoll. Daniel Dobitsch and Edward Sandström will race together for the second consecutive season.
***Küs Team75 Bernhard has confirmed David Jahn will join Kevin Estre in the ADAC GT Masters this season. The team, owned by Timo Bernhard and managed by Klaus Graf, will enter a single Porsche 911 GT3 R for the German-French duo. In 2013 Jahn raced a Porsche in the series, before switching to Corvette in 2014.
***JRM Racing is working hard on additional race programs for this season. Two new programs are expected to be confirmed this month, although details on teams and series were not yet disclosed. Last year’s JRM development driver Sean Walkinshaw has been confirmed as a NISMO Athlete for 2016.
***The two new DIME Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3s have dropped off the entry list for this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge season-opener at Circuit of The Americas. The team was unsure if it would debut the cars this weekend as it was still awaiting on their delivery. Frankie Montecalvo is still listed in a DIME-entered Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 for the Texas round.
***Despite the withdrawal, there’s still 103 cars entered for the PWC round at COTA, across the seven classes, including 19 GT cars and eight GTA entries. Click Here for the updated entry list.
***Massive Motorsport’s Simon Møller will not race in this month’s Hankook 12H Italy-Mugello. Increasing business commitments meant Møller had no other option than step down as one of the drivers of the Aston Martin Vantage GT3. Fellow Dane Nicolai Sylvest, who raced for Rowe Racing in the Blancpain Endurance Series in 2015, will take over from Møller.
***Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus confirmed the lineups for its two SCG003Cs it will enter at Mugello. Manuel Lauck, Franck Mailleux and Felipe Fernándes Laser will share the wheel of the No. 701 entry, while Thomas Mutsch, Jeff Westphal and Andreas Simonsen will race the No. 702 in Tuscany.
***Another late addition to the 12H Italy-Mugello grid is a single HTP Motorsport Mercedes SLS AMG GT3. No drivers have been confirmed yet, although earlier this year team owner Wim de Pundert told Sportscar365 he intended to compete in a number of endurance races. With the Mercedes joining in Italy, 27 cars are entered in the A6 and SPX classes.
***Audi Team Hitotsuyama has confirmed it will enter an Audi R8 LMS for Tomonobu Fujii and Richard Lyons in the GT300 class of the Japanese Super GT series. The two drivers know each other well, having raced together for the past two seasons.
***DKR Engineering recently tested an ADESS-03 at Magny-Cours. The team, owned by Kendy Janclaes, has confirmed it is looking at options to enter the car in GT Tour or VdeV. DKR Engineering ran GT1 Corvettes until 2011, before switching to GT3. In 2013 the team ran a Lola B11/40 Judd in the European Le Mans Series.
***Frikadelli Racing confirmed it will enter VLN and the Nürburgring 24 Hours with the Porsche 911 GT3 R that made its debut at Daytona. Klaus Abbelen and Sabine Schmitz will race with Patrick Huisman again this season. In six of the ten VLN rounds and the 24 Hours they will be joined by Austria’s Norbert Siedler.
***Sahlen’s will sponsor two additional sports car events at Watkins Glen this year, with the New York-based meat company serving as title sponsor of the Sahlen’s Sports Car SpringFest at the Glen (American Endurance Racing) and Sahlen’s ChumpYard DOG at the Glen (ChumpCar) in addition to its ongoing support of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen IMSA weekend in June.
***Century Motorsport confirmed their second entry for the 2016 British GT Championship season. Aleksander Schjerpen will return to the series for the third year and will be joined by rookie Sean Byrne this season. The pair will race the team’s Ginetta G55 GT4 in an ever-growing championship.
***The Australian GT Championship will kick off this weekend with the Clipsal 500 weekend on the streets of Adelaide. On March 6-7 GT Open organizers GT Sport will host the annual Winter Test at Paul Ricard.
John Dagys contributed to this report