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GPX Planning Expanded Program for 2020

GPX set to expand into sprint program, allowing Porsche to enter global GT World Challenge…

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GPX Racing could expand to a full-season GT World Challenge Europe program next year, adding a Porsche 911 GT3 R to the sprint series for the first time.

The Emirati team, which won the Total 24 Hours of Spa in July, has campaigned a single Porsche in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup this year, running in the Silver Cup for all races except Spa. 

It’s now set to add the five Sprint weekends to its existing Endurance Cup races in 2020, competing in the full season of what will be known as GT World Challenge Europe.

If this happens, it would be the first Porsche entered in the European sprint races, opening up the German manufacturer for eligibility in the global GT World Challenge.

Currently, Mercedes-AMG and Ferrari are the only manufacturers represented in the European, North American and Asian sprint championships. Porsche has entries in GT World Challenge America and Asia, but not Europe.

GPX is expected to enter its same regular crew of Stuart Hall, Benjamin Goethe and Jordan Grogor, who have driven the car at all rounds except Spa this year.

Hall and Grogor are the most likely pairing for the two-driver sprint races, meanwhile.

Adding a second Porsche, which would run in the Pro Cup for outright wins, is under consideration.

The team will finish its European season in the Blancpain GT finale at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya later this month, before focusing on the Gulf 12 Hours and Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai in its native UAE.

Laurent Mercier contributed to this report

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

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