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Additional IGTC Outings Under Consideration for R-Motorsport

Additional IGTC races under consideration for R-Motorsport, as well as Blancpain GT plans…

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R-Motorsport could add additional Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli races to its schedule this year as it finalizes its programs with the new Aston Martin Vantage GT3.

The Anglo-Swiss team, run by Jota Sport/Arden, has yet to confirm its GT3 plans for the remainder of the year beyond a return to the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.

It ran a pair of previous-gen Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3s in last weekend’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, with the No. 62 car of Jake Dennis, Matthieu Vaxiviere and Marvin Kirchhoefer scoring a runner-up finish.

“A commitment for the other Intercontinental GT Challenge rounds is under evaluation,” team principal and owner Florian Kamelger told Endurance-Info.

“We will unveil our plans shortly. At the moment, a presence in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup is confirmed.”

Jota Sport team principal Sam Hignett indicated to Sportscar365 that the team won’t compete in the full five-race IGTC season, with the team likely to skip next month’s California 8 Hours at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca due to the start of the European season.

However, it’s believed that entries for the Suzuka 10 Hours and season-ending Kyalami 9 Hours are in the works.

It would be in addition to the Total 24 Hours of Spa, where the team could enter up to three Aston Martins.

An expansion to Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe, meanwhile, has also not been ruled out, according to Kamelger.

Its driver lineup for the rest of the year is expected to include Dennis, Vaxiviere, Kirchhoefer, Maxime Martin and Matt Parry.

The team’s expanded GT3 program comes alongside its new DTM entry, which is expected to involve as many as four Aston Martin-branded cars.

Laurent Mercier and John Dagys contributed to this report.

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

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