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Teams Gearing Up for Paul Ricard Pre-Season Test

11 manufacturers confirmed for this week’s collective Blancpain GT Series test at Paul Ricard…

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The entry list has been released for this week’s two-day Blancpain GT Series test at Circuit Paul Ricard on March 13-14.

Eleven manufacturers will be represented in the 47-car cohort, which includes entries competing in Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, Blancpain GT Sports Club and the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe sprint format.

Lamborghini is the best-represented manufacturer with nine examples of the Italian marque’s new Huracan GT3 Evo listed to take part, including Orange 1 FFF Racing Team’s trio of factory-backed cars.

Nine Mercedes-AMG GT3s are set to turn laps, along with six Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evos entered in pairs by WRT, Phoenix Racing and Sainteloc Racing.

Four new Aston Martin Vantage GT3s are taking part, while the Evo version of the Honda NSX GT3 will also feature ahead of its series debut this year.

There will also be a factory-entered McLaren 720S GT3 among the runners, although the British constructor has downplayed its intentions to contest either of the Blancpain GT Europe series.

The test will also mark the public debut of Panis-Barthez Competition as the official team running the European Lexus RC F GT3 program, after the French LMP2 squad took it over from Emil Frey Racing in the off-season.

A full entry list for the Endurance Cup and World Challenge Europe will be released during the test.

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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