25 cars from 13 teams and eight marques are entered for the opening round of the GT4 European Series Northern Cup’s opening round at Misano.
The big news is that reigning GT4 European Series champions PROsport Performance has confirmed it will be back and will carry the number 1 on one of its Porsches.
The series is also set for an influx of new teams this season, with RN Vision STS (Porsche Cayman), Sean Walkinshaw Racing (Nissan 370Z) and Bullitt Racing (McLaren 570S) already confirming their entries. More familiar names like Allied Racing, Ekris Motorsport, Scuderia Villorba, Sofia Car Motorsport, Las Moras Racing and Equipe Verschuur will also be back this season, while Academy Motorsport and Sellite Racing Team will return following their series debut in 2016.
After a very successful debut in 2016, the Reiter Young Stars cup returns this season. Reiter Engineering will again run eight KTM X-Bow GT4 cars for young, talented drivers hoping to follow in the footsteps of 2016 winners Caitlin Wood and Marko Helistekangas and make the step up to GT3 next year.
“The GT4 concept is really doing well in Europe,” said Max Braams, GT4 European Series Northern Cup series manager. “An excellent example is the introduction of the Southern Cup and we see ever-growing interest in GT4 overall.
“This year, several teams and drivers have decided to join the GT4 category, having raced at a higher, more expensive level before. I am looking forward to what promises to be a very exciting season with a fantastic grid and several new and strong teams.”
Teams competing in the Northern Cup can also race for the overall GT4 European Series title when they also enter the GT4 European Series Southern Cup rounds at Pau, Barcelona and Paul Ricard. Participants in the Southern Cup will also have to race at Brands Hatch, Zandvoort and the Nürburgring to fight for the overall title.
Also new for this season is that five of the six Northern Cup rounds will be shown live on the GT4 European Series YouTube channel and the races at Misano, Nürburgring and Slovakia will be 60 minutes in length. The opening round at Misano will be held at night.