Macau FIA GT World Cup attracts 17 cars
An entry list for next month's FIA GT World Cup at Macau has been issued, featuring 17 cars and four manufacturers.
Mercedes, Audi, Porsche and BMW have entered 11 factory drivers between them for the race on the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix undercard on November 16/17, with the total entry rising by two from last year's tally of 15.
Edoardo Mortara and Maro Engel will again represent Mercedes, Augusto Farfus will defend his World Cup crown with BMW and Porsche driver Laurens Vanthoor will make his fifth appearance in the Macau GT event.
Mortara returns to the Macau Guia street circuit for a 12th consecutive season in a bid to add to his tally of four wins in the GT Cup and two in the F3 Grand Prix. The Italian will drive a Mercedes-AMG GT3 for the factory-backed Craft Bamboo squad.
Engel, winner of the event in 2014 and '15, will race for the GruppeM squad, with which he finished runner-up last year. The second car fielded by GruppeM, which also has factory backing, will be raced by Raffaele Marciello.
Audi, the most successful marque in the 11-year history of Macau's GT event, will be represented by three factory drivers racing R8 LMS GT3s.
Dries Vanthoor will drive for the Belgian WRT squad and Kelvin van der Linde for the German Rutronik team, which both have factory backing.
Christopher Haase will renew his relationship with the Phoenix Racing squad, with which he won the Nurburgring 24 Hours in 2012 and '14.
Farfus will be part of an expanded BMW factory attack on the first anniversary of the late Charly Lamm's final race as team manager of the Schnitzer squad. DTM driver Joel Eriksson will race a BMW M6 GT3 for Macau regular Team AAI.
Three factory drivers will line up in Porsche 911 GT3 Rs in the World Cup.
Rowe Racing, Porsche's representative in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup this season, will field two car for 2016 World Cup winner Laurens Vanthoor and Earl Bamber.
Chinese entrant Absolute Racing will also run two Porsches, one for Kevin Estre, who finished second in the World Cup in 2016. Alexandre Imperatori, who has two podiums in the event, will race Absolute's second entry.
Adderly Fong is among five silver-rated drivers who have been invited to take part in the event and will drive a Mercedes entered by the Chinese Zun Motorsport Crew team.
The grid for the event will be set by a 12-lap qualifying race on Saturday, November 16, and the 18-lap World Cup will take place the following day ahead of the F3 GP.
#28 Audi Sport Team Rutronik Audi R8 LMS: Christopher Haase
Photo by: Alexander Trienitz
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