Dinamic Motorsport’s Porsche 911 GT3 R will return to the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Sprint Cup grid this weekend following Adrien de Leener’s recovery from a back injury sustained in an accident at Misano earlier in the season.
De Leener and Christian Engelhart’s No. 54 Porsche is shown on the 27-car entry list for the 2021 Sprint Cup finale at Circuit Ricardo Tormo near Valencia.
The pairing missed the previous round at Brands Hatch due to de Leener’s recuperation from the fractured vertebrae he sustained in the incident on July 3.
The Belgian driver’s car landed heavily after jumping over a trackside curb during the early stages of the opening race at Misano.
“Three months since the incident I’ll be back with Christian and Dinamic,” de Leener wrote on social media.
“I can’t tell you the blood, sweat and tears that went into this, and hoping to see all the guys [I missed when] injured in this summer period back on the grid soon!”
JOTA is also on the Valencia entry list after withdrawing its McLaren 720S GT3 from the recent GTWC Europe Endurance Cup round at the Nürburgring.
The British squad traveled to Germany but ended up pulling out on the morning of the three-hour race due to Oliver Wilkinson feeling the effects of a knee injury that he picked up in a Race 1 accident at Brands.
Emil Frey Racing has brought in Arthur Rougier to replace the sidelined Jack Aitken in the No. 114 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo for the second consecutive Sprint event.
Elsewhere on the Valencia entry, Grasser Racing Team Endurance Cup regular Kikko Galbiati will make his Sprint series debut with Attempto Racing.
The Italian is named alongside compatriot Mattia Drudi in the No. 66 Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo that was co-piloted by Max Hofer and Drudi last time out at Brands Hatch.
There has also been a driver change at Sky-Tempesta Racing, where Eddie Cheever joins to reunite with his Pro-Am co-champion from last year, Chris Froggatt.
The Sky team’s AF Corse-supported No. 93 Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 will continue to race in Silver Cup, as it has done at all Sprint events in 2021 with Giorgio Roda driving.
Silver Cup, Pro-Am Titles to be Decided
Team WRT Audi drivers Dries Vanthoor and Charles Weerts clinched the GTWC Europe Sprint Cup overall title last time out at Brands Hatch, but the Silver Cup and Pro-Am drivers’ championships are still to be contested at the Valencia finale.
Emil Frey Racing’s Alex Fontana holds a 17.5-point Silver-class lead over his nearest rivals Frank Bird and Ryuchiro Tomita from WRT.
Two other crews are also in mathematical contention, with a maximum of 35 points at play over the weekend including 16.5 points for each race win and a point for each pole.
Toksport WRT’s Oscar Tunjo and Juuso Puhakka are 21.5 points behind Fontana, while CMR Bentley duo Pierre-Alexandre Jean and Ulysse de Pauw have a 30.5-point deficit to overturn.
Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini drivers Miguel Ramos and Henrique Chaves lead the Pro-Am class by 14 points following their double win at Brands Hatch.
Their nearest rivals are Alexander West and Jonny Adam in the No. 188 Garage 59 Aston Martin Vantage GT3.
All of the four Pro-Am crews have a mathematical shot at winning the title, with Valentin Pierburg/Dominik Baumann and Louis Machiels/Andrea Bertolini also arriving in contention.