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24H Spa Driver Lineup Update

Teams, drivers announce plans for Total 24H Spa…

Photo: Vincent Wouters

Photo: Vincent Wouters

With only a month to go until the Total 24 Hours of Spa and the official test day scheduled to take place tomorrow, several teams and drivers have announced their plans for biggest GT3 race in the world.

***Olivier Pla will join Nissan GT Academy Team RJN at Spa after being drafted in to bolster the team’s efforts for the Belgian classic. The Pro-Am entered GT-R GT3 will be raced by Ricardo Sanchez, Gaetan Paletou, Florian Strauss and Olivier Pla.

***Gianmaria Bruni will lead the lineup on one of AF Corse’s many Ferrari 458 Italias at Spa. The two-time FIA WEC champion will be joined by fellow countryman Alessandro Pier Guidi, up-and-coming Thai racer Pasin Lathouras and local driver Stéphane Lémeret, who already has several podium finishes under his belt at Spa.

***Nico Verdonck and Adam Christodoulou will share a Black Falcon Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 in the Ardennes, doubling the team’s effort in the Pro Cup. Christodoulou was one of the early front-runners in the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring in May, while Verdonck did a full Blancpain Endurance campaign on a HTP Motorsport Mercedes last year. The third driver will be announced later.

***TDS Racing has called in the help of Mathias Beche to complete the lineup on its Pro-Am Cup entered BMW Z4 GT3. The former ELMS LMP2 champion will join season regulars Henry Hassid, Eric Dermont and Franck Perera.

***Around 50 cars are expected for the official Test Day tomorrow, with an entry list to follow later today. Teams and drivers will get eight hours of track time to prepare themselves for the race, conditions are expected to be dry.

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


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