The size of the grid keeps on growing in the Michelin Le Mans Cup. 21 cars will be racing at the Red Bull Ring, a new record if you discount the expanded grids for the Road To Le Mans rounds which featured an abundance of guest entries attracted by the allure of La Sarthe.
In the GT3 category, there will be a total of six cars – one more than during the opening round at Monza – as Swiss team Spirit of Race will be entering a Ferrai F458 Italia GT3. The team raced the car at Le Mans last June, with the lineup of Christoph Ulrich and Maurizio Mediani who will also travel with the team to Austria.
There will also be a few changes in the LMP3 category. The 15 cars will include Ligiers #4 and #12 respectively entered by French team Cool Racing by GPC and local Austrian team SVC Sport Management.
The #4 will be driven by a Swiss driver line-up including Alexandre Coigny and Iradj Alexander, while the wheel of the #12 will be shared by Italian drivers Marcello Marateotto and Marco Cencetti. Both cars ran during the Road To Le Mans but not at Monza.
Of the other LMP3 driver line-ups, one will change, with Brazilian driver Jonatan Jorge replacing Gerry Kraut in the #9 Duqueine Engineering Ligier JSP3.
Dutch team Kox Racing meanwhile, will not be attending the Austrian round.
“We are not attending the RBR round, as my co-driver has other commitments,” said Peter Kox “It was clear from the beginning of the season that we couldn’t do this round, but we will compete in the rest of the Championship.”
And Keo Racing is again absent from the Michelin Le Mans grid after competing at Monza, but missing the Road To Le Mans round. Keo Racing has explained to DSC, that it is unlikely that we will see the Danish team return to the Michelin Le Mans Cup this season.
The Red Bull Ring Michelin Le Mans Cup round will take place on Saturday, July 22nd.