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Nürburgring Friday Notebook

Vincent Wouters’ Friday notebook from the Nürburgring…

Photo: Vincent Wouters

Photo: Vincent Wouters

***Belgian Audi Club Team WRT has further altered its lineup for the Nürburgring 1000. The change involves both Pro Cup Audis, with Christopher Mies making the switch to the No. 1 WRT Audi in an effort to help Laurens Vanthoor secure the title this weekend. As a consequence Marc Basseng moves to the No. 3 car, where he joins fellow Nürburgring Nordschleife specialist Frank Stippler and James Nash.

***Two teams didn’t show up at the Nürburgring; the Chinese Brothers Racing Team Audi R8 LMS ultra and the Pro GT by Alméras Porsche 911 GT3-R of Eric Dermont and Franck Perera, meaning that no Porsche will take part in the meeting.

***Following its debut with a McLaren MP4-12C GT3 run by MRS in the Spa 24, GT Russian Team has switched to Mercedes for season finale. The deal only came together very late. The SLS AMG GT3 comes from Seyffarth Motorsport, which is also giving some technical assistance to the Russian mechanics.

***GT Russian Team is working on entries in the Gulf 12 Hour in Abu Dhabi and the Creventic organized Dubai 24 hours, but will also head to the Baku World Challenge and possibly the Zolder round of the Blancpain Sprint Series. The team is planning on expending to two cars in 2015, with the intention to return to one of the SRO series next season.

***The No. 1000 Audi Race Experience car that is making a guest appearance in the series this weekend has been bumped up from the Pro-Am Cup to the Pro Cup, bringing the total number of entries in the top class to 14. The car features an all Swiss lineup, consisting of Nico Müller, Rahel Frey and alpine ski racer Didier Cuche, who posted the slowest time in this evening’s Bronze Test (+4.279s).

***MP Motorsport will put its two Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 up for sale after the season. The team fields a car for Mark Poole, Richard Abra and Joe Osborne in the Blancpain Endurance Series, with Barwell Motorsport running the operation.

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

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