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Audi to Field 24H Spa Lineup at Paul Ricard 1000km

Audi to field 24H Spa lineup at Paul Ricard 1000km this weekend…

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Audi will field its ten-car Total 24 Hours of Spa lineup at this weekend’s Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup round at Paul Ricard, which includes several new additions to the team.

Fifty-nine cars will take to the southern French circuit for the Paul Ricard 1000km on Saturday, with many other changes made to the entry list since the last round at Silverstone.

ENTRY LIST: Paul Ricard 1000km

With six cars, Team WRT has the largest contingent of Audi R8 LMS entries, while ISR and Sainteloc Racing have two each.

Corvette Racing regular Antonio Garcia joins Nico Mueller and Rene Rast in the No. 1 Audi Sport-backed WRT car, while Connor de Philippi, Christopher Mies and Frederic Vervisch will pilot the No. 2 factory entry.

Full-season No. 2 car drivers Benoit Treluyer, Nathanael Berthon and Stephane Richelmi move to the No. 6 Audi, meanwhile, while Hugo de Sadeleer joins the Audi fold elsewhere in WRT’s lineup.

Sainteloc Racing’s factory-supported entry will be driven by Markus Winkelhock and Christopher Haase, alongside a to-be-confirmed third driver.

Jamie Green, Frank Stippler and Kelvin van der Linde will pilot the remaining Audi Sport entry, run by ISR, while Filipe Albuquerque replaces Stippler in the sister ISR car.

Elsewhere on the grid, Black Falcon will bring a fourth Mercedes-AMG GT3, although neither of the Team Zakspeed Mercedes are on the provisional entry list, after a controversial race for both cars at Silverstone with a number of incidents.

Another notable change for the Mercedes runners is that Renger van der Zande will join Daniel Juncadella and Felix Serralles in the No. 88 AKKA ASP car, subbing in for Tristan Vautier.

Strakka Racing team owner Nick Leventis is set to make his racing return this weekend, following a heavy crash for the Brit at Monza two months ago.

Craig Fleming replaces Alvaro Parente in the same No. 42 McLaren 650S GT3, meanwhile, with the Portuguese driver competing in the Pirelli World Challenge at Road America this weekend.

Cars will take to Paul Ricard on Friday morning for Free Practice, with the race running from 6 p.m. to midnight local time on Saturday evening.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.


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