Black Falcon will look to defend their 2018 teams’ and drivers’ titles in the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup with an expanded attack this season.
The German outfit clinched the teams’ and drivers’ titles in the Endurance Cup the last term with Maro Engel, Luca Stolz and Yelmer Buurman at the wheel of the #4 AMG GT3. The sister #6 Mercedes-AMG also came close to sealing the Silver Cup championship but suffered technical problems during the season-ending race.
Both cars will return for 2019 with five of the six drivers who competed for Black Falcon last year remaining on board.
The #4 will undertake an expanded Pro class programme in 2019. As well as defending the Endurance Cup title, the crew will contend for Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe (Sprint) honours.
Engel and Stolz will compete at all 10 rounds this season, with Buurman joining for the five Endurance events.
The #6 Silver Cup machine will again tackle Endurance events, with Hubert Haupt and Abdulaziz Al Faisal both returning for another crack at the class title. They will be joined by Black Falcon newcomer Patrick Assenheimer. The 26-year-old German returns to the Endurance Cup after a year’s absence, having previously driven for the HTP squad in 2017.
Sainteloc Racing has also announced that it will once again field two full-time cars this term, with Audi factory drivers Markus Winkelhock and Christopher Haase set to spearhead the effort.
Lamborghini outfits Grasser Racing and FFF Racing have also firmed up plans to contest the full season in the Pro class. They join defending champions AKKA ASP Team, Belgian Audi Club Team WRT, R-Motorsport and Attempto Racing, all of which will chase the overall title in 2019.