SRO reveals season entry rosters; Endurance Field expands to 52 cars – Sportscar365

SRO reveals season entry rosters;  Endurance Field expands to 52 cars – Sportscar365

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SRO Motorsports Group has revealed the entry lists for the full season of the 2022 Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe season powered by AWS with 52 cars on the circuit Endurance Cup grid and 25 in. Sprint Cup.

The Endurance Cup field, which has been enriched by a dozen cars since last year, has 15 entries in the Pro category while 11 cars are provisionally in the premier category for the Sprint Cup.

A total of 22 cars are registered for the Full GTWC Europewhich combines the points of the Endurance and Sprint championships.

Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche will be represented by GTWC Europe customer teams this year.

Endurance Cup grid numbers have increased since 2021, thanks in part to several new and returning teams committing to the series, including Beechdean AMR, Vincenzo Sospiri Racing, JP Motorsport, Tresor by Car Collection and Leipert Motorsport .

Notable withdrawals include the Lamborghini FFF Racing Team, which is taking a sabbatical from GT3 competition this year and the Porsche GPX Racing team which is focusing on the Pirelli-powered Intercontinental GT Challenge.

Also missing from the entry list is BMW Walkenhorst Motorsport, but the German manufacturer’s new M4 GT3 product will appear on the 2022 grid thanks to two-time TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa winner ROWE Racing.

Changes among the continuing teams that have participated in the 2021 season include Garage 59’s move from Aston Martin to McLaren, Sky-Tempesta Racing moving from Ferrari to Mercedes-AMG and Boutsen Ginion moving from BMW to Audi.

There are six confirmed entries into the new Gold Cup class, although several teams have yet to be assigned to one of the four classes in Endurance.

A large field of 19 cars will compete in the Silver Cup, while only two cars are confirmed in Pro-Am for the moment.

The Sprint Cup, which consists of five rounds with two races of 60 minutes each, has a slightly smaller full season grid compared to last year when 29 entries were entered.

The 11 Pro entries are complemented by 10 cars in Silver Cup and three in Pro-Am, with the class designation of the Mercedes-AMG Sky-Tempesta currently TBA.

It should be noted that AKKA-ASP is set to field two Pro-class Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evos in the short-format series, while reigning sprint champions Team WRT arrives with a stable increased by five cars which will also feature in the Endurance Cup.

The opening round of the Endurance Cup season takes place at Imola from April 1-3, while the Sprint Cup season kicks off at Brands Hatch from April 30-May 1.

“I am very pleased to present such competitive and diverse entry rosters for the 2022 Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe season powered by AWS,” commented SRO Founder and CEO Stephane Ratel.

“We are delighted to have confirmed 25 strong cars for the Sprint Cup, while the Endurance Cup is back to its best with over 50 full season cars and many strong line-ups.

“With several crews yet to be confirmed, we are awaiting final figures competing in each class, but I think we can already say that the Gold Cup has been a very successful addition to Endurance, while the Silver Cup line-up has improved. is further enlarged.

“I am proud that this series continues to attract such strong and consistent rosters, despite the challenges of the past two years.

“Now, with these exciting entry lists and the arrival of Valentino Rossi, we look forward to welcoming [the] public at all our events in 2022. The sight of over 50 cars taking the start at Imola next month is something to really look forward to.

Daniel Lloyd

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.