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Grasser Returns to Endurance Cup After One Season Away

Grasser Racing Team back in GTWC Europe Endurance Cup alongside DTM program…

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Lamborghini outfit Grasser Racing Team will return to Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup this year after one season out.

The Austrian squad has announced plans to field a pair of Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2s in the five-round season which includes the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa.

The program of long-distance races will run alongside Grasser’s continuing DTM effort.

Grasser’s No. 85 Lamborghini for the SRO-run Endurance Cup will be driven by the Silver Cup crew of Clemens Schmid, Glenn van Berlo and reigning International GT Open champion Benjamin Hites.

The lineup in the sister No. 58 car is yet to be confirmed, although Grasser is testing Sam Neary, Ricky Capo and Gerhard Tweraser at this week’s official test in France.

All three of those drivers are Silver-rated by the FIA, while team principal Gottfried Grasser confirmed to Sportscar365 that the No. 58 will also be entered into Silver Cup.

Lamborghini’s focus in the Pro class of the Endurance Cup is set to be carried by K-PAX Racing and Iron Lynx, which announced its driver lineup earlier on Monday.

“The return to the GT World Challenge Europe is a fantastic opportunity for us to compete in another top-class GT3 series alongside the DTM,” said Grasser.

“The two championships complement each other perfectly for the team with the sprint and endurance formats respectively and offer us a challenging program.

“The new Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2 is a strong package that, combined with our line-up, should be competitive in every respect.

“Clemens brings together speed with experience and we are proud to work with him again this year. In addition, with Benjamin and Glenn we have two hungry young talents on board from whom we expect a lot.

“After the final decision on the second driver pairing is made, we’re confident that we’ll have a strong trio in the sister car as well.”

Grasser, which won the GTWC Europe Endurance Cup overall drivers’ title in 2017, elected not to continue in the series last year as it focused on making its DTM debut.

After running four Lamborghinis in the German series last year, Grasser has been joined by former Porsche squad SSR Performance in the Italian manufacturer’s ranks.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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