Blancpain GT Series Asia representatives Craft-Bamboo Racing, GruppeM Racing, FFF Racing Team, FIST - Team AAI and HubAuto Racing will all compete at the FIA GT World Cup in Macau next month (November 16-19).
The 20-strong entry is the most competitive ever assembled for Macau after the FIA stipulated only professional drivers and manufacturer-backed teams could take part. Five Blancpain GT Series Asia outfits are named on the official entry list, which was announced earlier today, as well as former race winner Darryl O’Young.
O’Young, who claimed Craft-Bamboo and Porsche’s first ever victory together at Shanghai earlier this season en route to eighth in the Blancpain GT Series Asia standings, returns to the same street race he won in 2008. He is also a two-time Porsche Carrera Cup winner at the Guia venue, competed there in the WTCC from 2010 to 2013, and will be making his 14th consecutive appearance this November.
“Macau is my home race and I’m extremely motivated for the event,” said O’Young. “The Macau FIA GT World Cup has had fierce competition over the past few years and it’s critical to put together a perfect weekend to have a chance at victory. Craft-Bamboo Racing has come a long way over the past year with the Porsche 911 GT3 R and I feel very comfortable heading into this year’s race. We will give it everything come November.”
Craft-Bamboo’s second driver, Laurens Vanthoor, makes his debut with the team in Macau 12 months after winning the race despite his car infamously finishing upside down! The Belgian has since become a Porsche factory driver and now regularly competes in both its 911 RSR GTE and 911 GT3 R models, the latter of which he’ll pilot in Macau.
Elsewhere, Blancpain GT Series Asia Teams’ champions GruppeM Racing have been selected as a factory partner to help spearhead Mercedes-AMG’s assault. The outfit, which also claimed this year’s Drivers’ title with Hunter Abbott, welcome back Raffaele Marciello who was drafted in as Abbott’s co-driver at Sepang, while works ace Maro Engel is bidding to claim his third Macau GT Cup victory.
Blancpain GT Series Asia’s representation continues with FFF Racing Team by ACM who field the event’s only Lamborghini. Mirko Bortolotti, winner of the Blancpain GT Series’ European equivalent earlier this year, drives its Huracan GT3.
FIST - Team AAI are also running two M6 GT3s on behalf of BMW Motorsport. The Taiwanese squad entered several championship events this year and will now field former DTM champion Marco Wittman and Australian Supercars front-runner Chaz Mostert.
Another ‘local’ team, HubAuto Racing, comprise Blancpain GT Series Asia’s final representative at Macau after the Porsche-backed squad announced it would be fielding cars for two-time Le Mans winner Romain Dumas and Japanese driver Hiroki Yoshimoto, who finished fifth in Macau’s F3 Grand Prix back in 2002.
FIA GT WORLD CUP ENTRY LIST: MACAU
Audi Sport Team WRT - Audi R8 LMS
Robin Frijns, Nico Muller
Aust Motorsport - Audi R8 LMS
BMW Team Schnitzer - BMW M6 GT3
Craft-Bamboo Racing - Porsche 911 GT3 R
Laurens Vanthoor, Darryl O'Young
FIST - Team AAI - BMW M6 GT3
Marco Wittmann, Chaz Mostert
FFF Racing Team by ACM - Lamborghini Huracan GT3
HCB-Rutronik Racing - Audi R8 LMS
Lucas di Grassi, Fabian Plentz
Honda Motor - Honda NSX GT3
Renger Van der Zande
HubAuto Racing - Porsche 911 GT3-R
Hiroki Yoshimoto, Romain Dumas
Mercedes-AMG Team Driving Academy - Mercedes-AMG GT3
Edoardo Mortara, Daniel Juncadella
Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing - Mercedes-AMG GT3
Raffaele Marciello, Maro Engel
Rowe Racing B- MW M6 GT3
Scuderia Corsa - Ferrari 488 GT3