After the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup featured a bolstered grid of one-off GT3 entries and LMP3s for the marquee Road To Le Mans race last month, the entry list for the third round of its inaugural season at the Red Bull Ring features 12 cars.
Included in the entry list are 11 of the 12 cars that started the season at Imola, including the #71 AF Corse Ferrari which was present but didn’t take part in the opener. The only change to those 11 is a driver change in the #55 FFF Racing Team Lamborghini (which didn’t race at Imola due to accident damage) which sees Moto GP veteran Marco Melandri step in for car owner Fu Songyang.
The one difference in terms of cars is that the BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari, which was confirmed to DSC as a partial season entry back at Round 1, is off the list, with the SMP Ferrari 488 of Aleksey Basov and Victor Shaitar opting to compete in another round after taking the win in the Road To Le Mans race.
Barwell Motorsport has expressed interest in the Le Mans Cup, after its MP Motorsport entry pulled out of the Blancpain Endurance Cup over concerns with the Pro-Am formula. The team will not field a car at Red Bull Ring, but has confirmed to DSC that Mark Poole and Richard Abra are due to take part in the final three rounds of the season at Spa, Paul Ricard and Estoril.
Going into the race in Austria expect the competition to be fierce between the championship-leading TF Sport Aston Martin of Salih Yoluc and Euan Hankey which has 66 points, and the second place FFF Racing McLaren of Hiroshi Hamaguchi and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs just one point back.