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67 Entries for 24H Spa

Entry list for 100th anniversary CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa released…

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A total of 67 cars are set for next month’s centenary edition of the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa.

The entry list, released on the opening day of the pre-event Prologue test for the Intercontinental GT Challenge and Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup round, features nine GT3 manufacturers across five classes, including 24 cars fighting for Pro honors.

It is led by a 14-car entry from Mercedes-AMG, while Porsche is represented with 12 cars. BMW will defend last year’s overall victory with a seven-car fleet, while there is new machinery from Aston Martin and Ford.

Italian brands Ferrari and Lamborghini, along with McLaren and Audi, complete the lineup, comprised entirely of GT3 machinery.

Ford is represented by a single Mustang GT3 for the car’s event debut, entered by Proton Competition and driven by Dennis Olsen, Frederic Vervisch and Christopher Mies.

Most of the lineups in the Pro class were announced previously or form part of the full-season Endurance Cup grid.

Notably, IGTC regulars GruppeM Racing have enlisted Frederik Vesti to pilot the No. 130 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo alongside Daniel Juncadella and Ralf Aron.

The Danish former single-seater racer is in the midst of his first season in sports car racing and is also competing in the European Le Mans Series with Cool Racing.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship stalwart Jan Heylen, meanwhile, has joined the lineup for the No. 28 HAAS RT Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II to team up with Dennis Lind and Simon Gachet.

The Antiguan-flagged, Belgian-based squad has also entered the No. 38 car in Bronze Cup with Olivier Bertels as the first confirmed driver.

Elsewhere in Bronze Cup, Calan Williams has been added to the lineup for the No. 30 OQ by Oman Racing BMW M4 GT3 to join full-season drivers Ahmad Al Harthy, Sam de Haan and Jens Klingmann.

Connor De Phillippi, meanwhile, replaces Jake Dennis aboard the No. 991 Century Motorsport BMW M4 GT3. Dennis is unable to race at Spa due to a clash with the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship round at Portland.

No drivers have yet been named for the sister No. 990 car, although team principal Nathan Freke told Sportscar365 on Tuesday that the team is making “good progress” after it was left scrambling to find a replacement lineup at late notice.

GetSpeed Performance is set to have a presence in three out of five classes at the Belgian endurance classic, with its Pro entry joined by a car each in Silver and Gold Cup.

The Adam Osieka-led stable fields the No. 3 Mercedes-AMG for Anthony Bartone, James Kell, Yannick Mettler and Aaron Walker.

The Gold Cup-entered No. 777 car, meanwhile, will run under the Al Manar Racing by GetSpeed banner with Al Faisal Al Zubair, Dominik Baumann, Mikael Grenier and Philip Ellis sharing driving duties.

Martin Konrad joins the Pro-Am-entered No. 888 Triple Eight JMR entry alongside Alexander Sims, Prince Jefri Ibrahim and Jordan Love.

Reigning Pro-Am winners SunEnergy1 Racing are notably absent from the event, with Kenny Habul skipping the third round on the IGTC calendar after finishing on the podium at the Repco Bathurst 12 Hour earlier this year.

However, reigning Rolex 24 at Daytona GTD class winner Indy Dontje is on the grid at Spa, driving the No. 16 Uno Racing Team with Landgraf Mercedes-AMG.

The Iron Dames have named three out of four drivers for the No. 83 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2 as Michelle Gatting is joined by Sarah Bovy and Rahel Frey.

Porsche stalwarts Herberth Motorsport are set to have a three-car presence at the event. Its previously announced joint Pro entry with SSR Performance is joined by a second tie-up with German squad Lionspeed GP.

The No. 80 Porsche will be driven by Antares Au, Alessio Picariello, Martin Rump and Alexander Fach.

A third car, entered under its own banner, has Ralf Bohn, Robert Renauer and newly minted FIA World Endurance Championship class winner Morris Schuring listed alongside a yet-to-be-confirmed fourth driver.

Davey Euwema is Sportscar365's European Editor. Based in The Netherlands, Euwema covers the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS, among other series.

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