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SPS to Run SunEnergy1 Mercedes-AMG at Gulf 12H

SPS to run two cars including SunEnergy1 Racing entry at IGTC season-ending Gulf 12H…

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SPS Automotive Performance will operate SunEnergy1 Racing’s Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo at the Gulf 12 Hours as part of a two-car operation for the German squad.

In addition to the SunEnergy1 car, SPS will also field a Mercedes-AMG under its own name for the Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli season finale on Dec. 11.

Kenny Habul, Philip Ellis and Martin Konrad have been confirmed as the SunEnergy1 lineup while Valentin Pierburg, Dominik Baumann and Martin Berry form the SPS crew.

Both Mercedes-AMGs are listed in the Pro-Am class.

SunEnergy1 Racing secured the Intercontinental GT Pro-Am Challenge title at the Indianapolis 8 Hour in October but will round out the full season at Yas Marina.

Team owner Habul previously enlisted SPS support for the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa. SunEnergy1 took the overall victory at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour with Triple Eight Race Engineering and contested Indianapolis with assistance from Akkodis ASP.

SPS Automotive Performance is set for its second appearance at Yas Marina this year after competing in the Asian Le Mans Series double-header back in February.

“We are pleased to have another highlight like the IGTC finale to look forward to after a very good season,” said SPS team principal Stephan Sohn.

“This is our second time here this year, which could give us an advantage.

“It will definitely be an exciting race. If the team performs well, we can certainly put ourselves in contention for the class win.”

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

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