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SRO Reveals 72-Car Provisional Entry List for 24H Spa

SRO publishes record-equaling 72-car provisional entry list for 24H Spa…

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SRO Motorsports Group has published a provisional entry list for the 75th edition of the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa featuring 72 cars across five categories.

The all-GT3 field consists of the 56 cars that are signed up for the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup season, as well as additional entries including Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli participants.

A total of eight manufacturers are represented, with 19 entries currently listed in the headlining Pro class.

One of the notable entries from outside of the full-season GTWC Europe Endurance Cup cohort is a Pro-class Porsche 911 GT3 R for Manthey EMA.

Seven-time Nürburgring 24 winner Manthey is making its 24H Spa return five years after its last appearance in the Belgian endurance classic, competing in partnership with Australian team EMA Motorsport.

Manthey EMA ran the new Type-992 Porsche in the official GTWC Europe pre-season test at Paul Ricard earlier this month.

Another addition to the Pro class is the No. 999 entry from Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing, which is contesting the full IGTC season.

Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour winner SunEnergy1 Racing is also on the grid as part of its IGTC program and will compete in the Bronze Cup category at Spa.

Other Bronze entries include Inception Racing’s McLaren 720S GT3 Evo, Huber Motorsport’s Porsche, an additional AF Corse Ferrari 296 GT3 and an Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II run by Chinese outfit Uno Racing Team.

In Pro-Am, Riley Motorsports will run a Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo supported by the event’s new title sponsor CrowdStrike, while fellow American team GMG Racing will field a Porsche.

Grove Racing’s Earl Bamber Motorsport-run Porsche from the IGTC is also racing in Pro-Am, along with another Porsche for Hong Kong-based Modena Motorsports.

Leipert Motorsport and Vincenzo Sospiri Racing have each added a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2 to Pro-Am and Silver Cup respectively.

Additionally, Spanish squad Bullitt Racing is set to bring the only Aston Martin Vantage GT3 to the grid for what is expected to be a multi-race program in GTWC Europe.

Mercedes-AMG will be the best-represented manufacturer at Spa this year courtesy of a 16-car contingent that includes the defending winner Akkodis ASP.

The French team is running an additional Bronze-class Mercedes-AMG alongside its two Pro cars from Endurance Cup. Another GTWC Europe regular, Haupt Racing Team, has also added a third Mercedes-AMG to its Spa stable.

The 72-car entry list equals the record number of cars that signed up for the 2019 edition, however that event included one modified Volkswagen Beetle-inspired Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

“It is with great pride and humility that we present this exceptional entry list for the 75th edition of the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa,” said SRO founder and CEO Stephane Ratel.

“A 72-car field featuring eight brands reflects not only the legendary status of the event but the hard work that has been invested in its ongoing success.

“The appetite for the new Bronze Cup class has surpassed expectations, while all five categories look set to produce a very high level of competition.

“It is also gratifying to see so many teams traveling from around the world. The CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa is a race of international importance, and this is clearly demonstrated by the diversity of our entry list.

“We look forward to welcoming the teams and of course a full house of fans for a spectacular show this summer.”

The 24 Hours of Spa event takes place from June 29 to July 2.

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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