Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup action accompanies the European Le Mans Series when Round 3 of the new-for-2016 GT3 series visits the Red Bull Ring in Austria on July 17.
12 cars will take to the grid, representing eight teams from six countries.
FFF Racing team By ACM will bring its #5 Lamborghini Huracán and #55 McLaren 650S. The #5 car sees the return of Andrea Calderelli who, for this round, is joined by Taiyou Lida from Japan. The #55 McLaren 650S will be driven by the regular driver pairing of Hiroshi Hamaguchi and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs.
AF Corse return with its pair of Ferrari F458 Italia GT3s. In the #14 car Pierre-Marie De Leener will be joined by Adrien De Leener, the driver pairing from ‘Road To le Mans’. The #71 car has the driver pairing from the first two rounds; that of Mads Rasmussen and Felipe Barreiros.
The 2016 European Le Mans Series returns to the Red Bull Ring, near Spielberg in Austria, for Round 3 on July 17, following a rain-dampened visit to Imola in May.
38 cars will take to the grid; 11 in the LMP2 class, 19 in LMP3 and eight in LMGTE.
G-Drive Racing is currently leading the Teams Classification in the LMP2 class with 43 points after the #38 Gibson 015S, driven by Simon Dolan, Harry Tincknell and Giedo van der Garde took the victory at Silverstone in the first round and second place at a weather-interrupted Imola. Following a frustrating 24 Hours of Le Mans for the #38 car, the Kent-based team will be keen to get back on to the podium this weekend to secure its lead in the championship.
TF Sport won Round Six of the 2016 British GT Champion at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps with its #11 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 driven by Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes. The victory was Mark Farmer’s first in British GT and the second for Jon Barnes in the championship in eight years.
Second across the line was the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 driven by Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris. Completing the podium positions at the finish was the #57 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 driven by Oliver Morley and Dani Juncadella. However a post-race penalty saw the #57 car handed a thirty-second penalty which elevated their Black Falcon team-mates of Miguel Toril and Abdulaziz Al Faisal in the #58 Mercedes-AMG GT3 to third.
Team Parker Racing with its #31 Bentley Continental GT3, driven by Seb Morris and Rick Parfitt Jnr, claimed its fourth pole position of the 2016 British GT Championship season at a rain-affected Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
The #79 Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse McLaren 650S GT3 driven by Alasdair McCaig and Rob Bell looked the likely contender for GT3 pole after McCaig put in a storming lap in the Am section of qualifying. However Morris, in the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3, put in a 2:18.782 in the Pro section of qualifying which, ultimately, earned the team pole position. Morris put in his time ahead of sharp rain shower in Sector 2 through which Bell in the #79 car had to take extra care, preventing the #79 car from challenging again for the top spot.
The 2016 British GT Championship moves to the picturesque Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps for Round 6 on July 9.
The British GT Championship shares a very busy weekend at the Belgium circuit with the 25 Hours VW Fun Cup, Lotus Cup Europe and BRDC British F3 all sharing the same bill. Indeed the sixth round of the British GT Championship again sees the British GT and GT4 European Series joining forces to produce a huge grid of top-class GT action.
Surrey, UK-based Barwell Motorsport has announced it will field a second Lamborghini Huracán for the 2016 Total 24 Hours of Spa. The car will be driven by Jon Minshaw, Phil Keen, Joe Osborne and Oliver Gavin.
The car was originally entered for Mark Poole and Richard Abra. Poole and Abra have, however, decided to focus the remainder of their season on the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup.
Joe Osborne and Oliver Gavin were originally slated to drive with Mark Poole and Richard Abra and will complete the driver line-up at Spa for Minshaw and Keen.