GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Sprint Cup resumes this weekend with an increased grid of 24 cars confirmed for the two-race meeting at Magny-Cours.
Sky-Tempesta Racing has introduced a second Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 for FIA World Endurance Championship driver Giancarlo Fisichella and the team’s Endurance Cup competitor Jonathan Hui, bolstering the car count for the second round of the season.
The pairing will compete in the Pro-Am class, along with the other Sky-Tempesta duo of Chris Froggatt and Eddie Cheever III.
As was the case at Misano, where Sprint Cup held a triple-header round, the Pro class consists of 10 entries while Silver Cup has eight cars listed.
The addition of the AF Corse-run No. 92 Sky-Tempesta Ferrari would have ensured a six-car Pro-Am grid, but SPS Automotive Performance has moved its No. 44 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo to GT Sports Club with Bronze-rated Manuel Lauck coming in to replace Tom Onslow-Cole.
Most of the teams are heading to Magny-Cours straight from the Nürburgring where the second round of the Endurance Cup season was held last weekend.
Raffaele Marciello and Timur Boguslavskiy, who finished second in the six-hour Nürburgring race with Felipe Fraga, will drive the No. 88 AKKA-ASP Mercedes-AMG.
Fellow Endurance Cup overall podium finishers Maro Engel and Luca Stolz will represent Haupt Racing Team, while Sprint Cup points leaders Dries Vanthoor and Charles Weerts lead Team WRT’s involvement with a trio of Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evos.
Sainteloc Racing’s Arthur Rougier and Christopher Haase arrive second in the championship, 13 points behind Vanthor and Weerts who won twice at Misano.
Engel and Stolz are third having taken a second and two fourth places on the Adriatic coast, while Misano Race 2 winners Marciello and Boguslavskiy are fourth in the table.
The Pro entry also includes two-car efforts for Lamborghini squad Emil Frey Racing, Bentley customer CMR and Audi team Attempto Racing.
Sprint Cup official track action gets underway on Friday with an 80-minute Free Practice session at 2:35 p.m. local time (8:35 a.m. EST).