BMW WRT among 32 GT3 cars on tentative Dubai entry – Sportscar365

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A pair of Team WRT BMW M4 GT3s are among the 32 GT3 cars entered for the Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai in January, according to the provisional entry list.

After winning the race earlier this year with Audi, the decorated Belgian team is set to embark on the defense of its Dubai crown under its new GT racing association with BMW, which has no yet been officially announced.

The WRT cars on the provisional registration are shown as numbers 7 and 46, the latter designation being familiar as the number used by motorcycle racing champion Valentino Rossi, who drove a WRT-prepared Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II across Europe this year.

Rossi told Sportscar365 during the season finale of the AWS-powered Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe that he wanted to compete in winter endurance racing before returning to the championship next season.

Other GTWC Europe regulars on the Dubai entry list include Audi customers Sainteloc Junior Team, Attempto Racing and Car Collection Motorsport, as well as Mercedes-AMG Akkodis-ASP, Haupt Racing Team and GetSpeed ​​Performance.

Defending Nürburgring 24 winner Phoenix Racing is expected to field a single Audi, while Kenny Habul’s SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes-AMG program will be present with technical support from SPS Automotive Performance.

After participating in the event in 2021, Inception Racing returns to the 24 Hours of Dubai with its McLaren 720S GT3 prepared by Optimum Motorsport. British team 7TSIX also plan to represent McLaren with a pair of starters.

Half a dozen Porsche 911 GT3 Rs are split between five different teams, with Herberth Motorsport contributing the two-car stable.

Spanish E2P Racing is listed with a new 992 generation Porsche, while other entries for the German automaker’s customers are for the outgoing 991.2 model.

The Lamborghini Barwell Motorsport and Leipert Motorsport teams are also confirmed with French team Visiom, which is the only competitor with a 2020 Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo.

Additionally, there is an Audi registered under the “Haas RT” banner, although little is known about the entry that shares its name with a prominent American racing stable.

The GT3 field, which will be divided into different driver categories, represents just over half of the total of 90 cars entered for the 18th edition of the annual Dubai Enduro.

A field of 21 cars is provisionally fixed to compete in the 992 category for the Porsche 911 GT3 Cups.

There are also nine GT4 cars from teams representing four manufacturers, as well as five entries in TCR and six cars in TCX.

Dubai will form the middle leg of a new “Middle East Trophy” organized by 24H series promoter Creventic, which has combined its 2022-23 winter races in Kuwait, Dubai and Abu Dhabi into a mini -championship.

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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