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22 Cars on Final FIA Motorsport Games GT Cup Entry List

22 nations represented in GT3 event at FIA Motorsport Games…

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Twenty-two GT3 cars will take part in the GT Cup category at next month’s FIA Motorsport Games in Italy, where teams will compete for national honors, representing their home country.

The entry list for the GT Cup field was released on Wednesday, with a number of late additions in the last couple of weeks.

It marks an increase over the GT3 field for the FIA Motorsport Games’ predecessor in Bahrain last year, with teams from four continents and with seven different manufacturers making up the field.

Each entry consists of two drivers, one Silver and one Bronze-rated, flying their country’s flag. The team running the car can be from any country as only the drivers have to be from the entry’s nation.

GT Cup will be one of several categories competing at Vallelunga on Nov. 1-3.

The entry list includes entries from: Australia, Belarus, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the UK and the U.S.

A number of high-profile teams will be running cars, including Herberth Motorsport, Optimum Racing, Earl Bamber Motorsport, AF Corse, AKKA ASP, Attempto Racing, TF Sport and Orange 1 FFF Racing Team.

Notable Silver-rated drivers include Christina Nielsen, Spencer Pumpelly, Jim Pla, Nico Verdonck and Patric Niederhauser, while the list of Bronze drivers includes Salih Yoluc and Flick Haigh.

The U.S. will be represented by an AF Corse-run Ferrari 488 GT3 for Pumpelly and Robert Ferriol, with the UK entry also an AF Ferrari, shared by Haigh and Chris Froggatt.

Recently-crowned Blancpain GT Sports Club champion Jens Reno Moller will team up with Christina Nielsen in Moller’s Honda NSX GT3 Evo, representing Denmark.

Another Honda is entered for Hong Kong and driven by Marchy Lee and KCMG team principal Paul Ip.

Jim Pla and Jean-Luc Beaubelique will fly the French flag in an AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG GT3, while a late entry has been filed for Belgium.

Attempto Racing will run an Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo for Belgians Louis Machiels and Nico Verdonck in a surprise addition after initial plans for WRT to run a car for Charles Weerts and Mike den Tandt fell through when the latter was reclassified to Silver.

Last year’s FIA GT Nations Cup winners Salih Yoluc and Ayhancan Guven will return to defend their title in the new-look event but the Turkish pair have switched to a TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 after sharing a Ram Racing Mercedes in Bahrain.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is Sportscar365's European Editor and also Managing Editor for e-racing365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

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