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Increased Endurance Effort for SPS Automotive Performance

SPS increases Endurance Cup involvement to two cars; single AMG entry for Sprint…

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German outfit SPS Automotive Performance will expand to a two-car Endurance Cup effort in Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS this year.

After making its series debut last season with a single Pro-Am car, the team will run a pair of Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evos full-time in 2021.

SPS had already announced plans to run a Silver Cup machine this year but has also declared the continuation of its Pro-Am operation.

Miklas Born, who was the team’s first confirmed Silver driver, will be joined by Yannick Mettler and Jordan Love.

Swiss racer Mettler is a multiple Nürburgring 24 class winner, while Love clinched the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia title in 2019 before graduating to Supercup last year.

SPS Automotive Performance’s Pro-Am car will compete in Sprint Cup as well as the five-round Endurance Cup season.

After teaming up in last season’s Sprint series, 2016 GTWC Europe overall champion Dominik Baumann and Bronze driver Valentin Pierburg will once again work together.

Florian Scholze, who drove for SPS in the first two rounds of Endurance Cup last year, will join the pair for the long-distance events.

“We are delighted to be starting in the GT World Challenge Europe again,” said team principal Stephan Sohn.

“After our first full season, it goes without saying that we are ultimately looking to do better than last year. The opposition will be very strong again. However, I think we have a balanced team and can challenge for victory in both classes.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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