Set to run as part of the Bapco Bahrain GT Festival (30 November-1 December), the season-ending event has drawn entrants from across the globe to conclude a hugely successful year of GT4 competition.
The provisional entry list features Pro-Am, Silver Cup and Am representation, with multiple race and title-winners among those signed up to compete. Driver pairings for the event include old and new partnerships, as well as a father-son duo and a husband and wife crew.
They will be among the protagonists seeking to capture the inaugural GT4 International Cup. Staged at the world-renowned Bahrain International Circuit, competitors will tackle two 60-minute qualifying races and a deciding 60-minute finale, which will take place under the lights at the Gulf venue.
The CMR squad will field two of its Alpine A110 GT4 machines in Bahrain. The French outfit has enjoyed domestic and international success this season, winning races in the GT4 European Series and Championnat de France FFSA GT – GT4 France. Drivers for the Alpines will be announced in the coming weeks.
Generation AMR SuperRacing will launch an all-British assault on the International Cup. The Banbury-based effort, which has campaigned GT4 machinery at home and abroad in recent years, will field James Holder and Matthew George in a Pro-Am effort.
A pair of championship-winning teams will run the Audi R8 LMS GT4 in Bahrain. Phoenix Racing enjoyed an excellent GT4 European Series campaign as Milan Dontje and Nicolaj Møller Madsen captured the drivers’ title with the German squad. The successful duo will reunite to bid for further glory in the Gulf, while Gosia Rdest will be joined by a final Phoenix driver in the sister machine.
Sainteloc Racing has confirmed that an all-French line-up will lead its two-car entry, with both aiming for Pro-Am honours. In the #41 R8 LMS GT4 Michael Blanchemain will pair up with Steven Palette, while the #42 machine will see Championnat de France FFSA GT – GT4 France champions Fabien Michal and Gregory Guilvert resume their successful partnership.
A quartet of BMW M4 GT4 entries will compete in Bahrain. Two will carry the colours of 3Y Technology, which competed extensively in France and Europe throughout 2018.
The third will see Daren E. Jorgensen and Brett Strom pair up for an assault on the Am class. This all-American effort will run under the RHC Jorgensen/Strom by MarcCars banner, with Jorgensen bringing recent GT4 experience from his outings in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS category.
Finally, BMW Team France by Ekris Motorsport will field its own EKRIS M4 GT4 in the Silver Cup category, with European regulars Julien Piguet and Ricardo van der Ende sharing driving duties.
Primus Racing will field its Ginetta G55 GT4 for Johan Rosen and Peter Larsen. The same combination of team, car and drivers made a one-off appearance in the GT4 European Series this term, tackling the event that ran as part of Spa Speedweek. The Scandinavian duo will compete for Am honours in Bahrain.
The Las Moras Racing squad will also be targeting Am class success with its McLaren 570S GT4. The car will be driven by husband and wife duo Luc and Liesette Braams, both familiar competitors in the GT4 European Series.
Another established European contender – and a fellow adherent to the McLaren 570S – is Academy Motorsport. GT4 European Series front-runner Finlay Hutchison will pair with fellow British racer Matt Nicoll-Jones to compete for Silver Cup honours.
The distinctive KTM X-Bow will take tackle the Bahrain International circuit thanks to Razoon – More Than Racing. The Austrian squad will run a Pro-Am effort for compatriots Constantin Scholl and Reinhard Kofler. Silver-graded Kofler closed the 2018 GT4 European Series with a pair of podium finishes to his name.
Scuderia Villorba Corse will take its Maserati GranTurismo MC GT4 to the Gulf venue. The Italian squad will field father-son duo Piotr and Antoni Chodzen, whose GT4 experience includes the European Series and Central European Cup.
A trio of squads will place their trust in the Mercedes-AMG GT4. European regular Bullitt Racing will field its established crew of Stephen Pattrick and Andy Meyrick, who will contend for Pro-Am honours. Just Racing will be targeting success in the Am category, with Mats Ek Tidstrand and Erik Behrens piloting the Swedish squad’s effort.
The final member of the Mercedes-AMG camp is accomplished French outfit AKKA ASP, which will field a Silver Cup entry for Tomas Drouet and a second to-be-confirmed driver. Jerome Policand’s squad enjoyed a race-winning Championnat de France FFSA GT – GT4 France season in 2018, while also taking multiple GT3 titles in the Blancpain GT Series.
The 21-car field is completed by a brace of Porsche Cayman GT4 CS MR entries. The Policaro/SportsCarBoutique squad will ensure that, like its neighbour to the south, Canada is represented at the GT4 International Cup.
On the driver front the experienced Andrew Danyliw, a veteran of the Blancpain GT Series and Pirelli World Challenge, will be joined by Ethan Simioni, who is contesting his first season in cars after graduating from karting at the end of 2017.
Finally, French outfit TFT SO24 will run a Porsche Caymen GT4 for Niki Leutwiler, continuing a successful partnership that saw the Swiss capture the GT4 European Series Am title in 2018. He will be joined by Jan Kasperlik, who also comes with extensive experience from the GT4 European Series.
Further driver announcements will be made in the coming weeks as teams reveal their full line-ups for the Bahrain event. Those already confirmed suggest that a hugely competitive set of races is in store as an all-star grid battles for the inaugural GT4 International Cup.
Preparations will begin on Friday (30 November) with free practice sessions at 09.00 and 12.10 local time, followed by qualifying at 17.10. This will set the grids for Saturday’s qualifying races, which take place at 10.00 and 14.45.
The all-important main race will get underway at 17.45 on Saturday evening, one hour after the sun has set on the Bahrain International Circuit.
Source. SRO Motorsports Group