ARN Racing has become the first team to commit to racing in the re-branded 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia series (formerly Blancpain GT Series Asia) next year, announcing that it will race a new Porsche 911 GT3 R in the budding Asian series.
The Japanese squad has run a Ferrari 488 GT3 for the past two seasons, initially on a race-by-race basis before committing full-time in 2018, but has taken the opportunity to upgrade following the Porsche’s launch earlier this year.
Its driver line-up has also changed following the team’s switch to Porsche from Ferrari. 23-year-old Carrera Cup Japan graduate and 2017/18 Porsche Junior Yuta Kamimura will contest the first four rounds alongside team owner and amateur driver Hiroaki Nagai, who competed with ARN at five of 2018’s six events.
His brother and fellow bronze-graded driver Hideki Nagai is then scheduled to partner Kamimura in Korea due to the clashing Super GT date before Hiroaki returns for Shanghai’s finale.
Hiroaki Nagai, ARN team owner and driver: “For our second full-season in Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia ARN Racing is switching to the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 R. Along with my new co-driver, the young and ambitious Yuta Kamimura, the team is looking forward to challenging and competing against skilled and experienced drivers around Asia.”
Sepang hosts the opening round of 2019’s Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia campaign on April 6/7.
This news comes shortly after SRO announced a date change for the finale in Shanghai, which has been moved to avoid a clash with the F1 Singapore Grand Prix. The weekend has been moved back by one week to September 27/28.