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ADAC GT Masters News Notebook: Phoenix Rise Again, MRS Switch To BMW & Ferrari Returns

Two cars apiece planned for Phoenix and MRS

Phoenix Rise Again!

After a one-year break from the ADAC GT Masters, Phoenix Racing return to the ADAC GT Masters after a year’s sabbatical with a two car Audi R8 LMS entry in 2018.

Thus far only 21 year old Colobian driver Oscar Tunjo is confirmed, he arrives at this campaign via GP3 and Formula Renault 3.5. In 2017, and a title winning run in the Special Tourenwagen Trophy with ten victories in 14 races.

“I am delighted to be going into this new season with such a talented youngster as Oscar,” said Ernst Moser on announcing the arrival of the first ever Colombian in the ADAC GT Masters.

“Oscar has already won numerous races in his formula career, and we now have the shared goal of securing further victories in a highly competitive GT Championship.”

“I am very pleased to be teaming up with Phoenix Racing and Audi,” said Tunjo. “I just can’t wait to be competing for victories with them.”

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MRS GT Switch from Nissan to BMW

A three year programme with the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 comes to an end as MRS GT switch to the BMW M6 GT3 for 2018.

The team will have a pair of BMWs for their 2018 ADAC GT Masters campaign with driver selection due to be finalised after a test programme with the BMW in southern Spain during February.

Karsten Molitor: “Over the last few months, we have held discussions with various manufacturers, and we came to the conclusion that BMW offered us the best basis for being able to compete with the top teams in the ADAC GT Masters again.

“During our many years working with McLaren and Nissan, we have acquired a certain familiarity with handling turbo vehicles, and we hope that we can use this expertise to our advantage. The BMW M6 GT3 is a highly advanced GT3 car and has all the factors for success. We are very much looking forward to the new challenge, and we are sure that this is a winning combination that will take us back to the top.”

HB Racing to bring Ferrari back to GT Masters

HB Racing is set to compete in the 2018 ADAC GT Masters season with a Ferrari 488 GT3. The team, which has switched from racing with a Lamborghini Huracan, will have its new programme supported by Ferrari stalwart Rinaldi Racing.

The team from the Austrian Neumarkt’s effort will see Ferrari back in the ADAC GT Masters series for the first time since 2012, when Farnbacher ESET Racing campaigned a 458 GT3.

“Following the season finale, we carefully analyzed our two debut years in the ADAC GT Masters, especially the past season which was marked by many incidents and reliability problems that we as a team had no influence on,” explained Dietmar Hirsch and Andreas Fuchs of HB Racing.

“That’s why we decided to make a fresh start with another manufacturer and we’ve been very well received by Ferrari and Michelotto right from the start and have been able to quickly put together a promising package.”

“Michele Rinaldi and his team have been on the Ferrari 488 GT3 almost three years since their launch and will support us in the coming season, which greatly facilitates the transition,” said Team Principal Dietmar Hirsch, explaining the background to the team’s cooperation from the Rhineland-Palatinate Mendig.

“The last contract talks for the first car are currently underway, so we will be able to announce the names of our drivers shortly,” explains team manager Andreas Fuchs. “But there will be two experienced full pros, as much as I can tell today, with a potential second car in the works, as well as a commitment to the Blancpain Endurance Cup.”