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24H Spa Driver Lineup Update, 6.24

Blancpain GT teams, drivers announce plans for Total 24H Spa…

Photo: Vincent Wouters

Photo: Vincent Wouters

***Audi Sport has slightly altered the lineups on both Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 cars. Christian Mamerow switches cars and joins Nicki Thiim and Christopher Mies in the No. 5 Audi. Meanwhile, André Lotterer teams up with his WEC teammate Marcel Fässler and Mike Rockenfeller in the No. 6 car. Christopher Haase is no longer part of Audi’s lineup at Spa, as he will be at the TUDOR Championship race at Lime Rock Park that weekend.

***WRT’s Pro-Am entered Audi R8 sees the regular full-season lineup Max Koebolt, Sacha Bottemane and Pieter Schothorst bolstered by the addition of James Nash, whose main focus is on the Blancpain Sprint Series this season.

***Even though Bentley Team HTP’s second Continental GT3 is listed in the Pro Cup, it is more likely the car will compete for Pro-Am Cup honors. German Fabian Hamprecht, Dutchman Max Van Splunteren and Belgian Louis Machiels all look set for a race deal in the No. 83 car. The latter took a Pro-Am Cup class win in the 2012 24 Hours of Spa and is a double champion in the competitive class.

***At Leonard AMR, Paul Wilson will sit this round of the championship out as his wife is due to give birth on the day of the race. Team owner Stuart Leonard and Michael Meadows will instead share their V12 Vantage with AMR works driver Stefan Muecke and Tom Onslow-Cole.

***While Black Falcon is still looking for a third driver to join Nico Verdonck and Adam Christodoulou in its second Pro Cup entered Mercedes SLS AMG GT3, Darryl O’Young has been confirmed as the fourth driver in the No. 18 Pro-Am Cup entered car. He will pair up with Maro Engel, American Sean Johnston and Oliver Morley.

***BMW factory driver Dirk Mueller has been loaned out the Triple Eight Racing, joining season regulars Joe Osborne, Lee Mowle and Ryan Ratcliffe.

***Despite the provisional entry list not listing him, DragonSpeed team principal Elton Julian has confirmed that Ryan Dalziel will join himself, Henrik Hedman and Anthony Lazzaro in the team’s Pro-Am Cup class Ferrari 458 Italia GT3.

Vincent Wouters (@VinceWouters) is a Belgium-based sports car racing reporter, providing coverage primarily of the Blancpain GT Series.

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