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19 For Misano

Selleslagh AMG GT4s boost entry

The GT4 European Series will bring an improved 19 car entry to the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli for the second weekend of the 2020 season.

The field at Misano is bolstered by the arrival of two additional Selleslagh Racing Team Mercedes-AMG GT4s. The Belgian team will run one additional car for Belgian drivers Johan Vannerum and Jean-Luc Behets, with Dutchman Bob Herber set to race the second extra Selleslagh Racing Team Mercedes-AMG.

The only other change compared to the season-opening round at Imola, is Hasan Tansu joining Ibrahim Okyay in the #13 Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport BMW M4 GT4.

After winning the first two races of the season, Gabriele Piana and Bas Schouten head to Misano as the Silver Cup leaders with 50 points.

AGS Events drivers Valentin Hasse-Clot and Theo Nouet are currently 20 points behind Piana and Schouten in second place and after a second-place finish at Imola, Stephane Lemeret and Gael Castelli will aim to give CMR its first victory with the new Toyota GR Supra GT4 and close the gap to the current championship leaders.

In the Pro-Am class, Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport’s Yagiz Gedik and Cem Bolukbasi head to Misano level on points with Allied-Racing’s Jan Kasperlik and Bastian Buus. Both crews scored a class win and fourth-place finish at Imola and have 37 points apiece. 2017 race winners Jörg Viebahn and Nicolaj Møller-Madsen are just four points behind and the pair hope to repeat that success this weekend.

Centri Porsche Ticino drivers Ivan Jacoma and Joel Camathias aim for a return to the podium, after being taken out of contention in the second race at Imola. Wim Spinoy, who finished third in the final race at Imola, will race with Kay van Berlo again at Misano, aiming for more points.

With the addition of the two Selleslagh Racing Team Mercedes-AMG GT4 entries, the number of cars competing in the Am class grows to seven and Johan Vannerum and Jean-Luc Behets will definitely be contenders for the race win. The Selleslagh pair won five races in 2019, including the first race at Misano.

Other contenders are AGS Events’ Nicolas Gomar and Gilles Vannelet, who lead the championship with 43 points after a near-perfect start of the season, while Paolo Meloni and Stefano Valli, racing even closer to their San Marino home this weekend, are six points behind. Ibrahim Okyay will also be ready to fight for the podium positions, together with new teammate Hasan Tansu.

Giuseppe Ghezzi, Salvatore Riolo, Dario Cerati and Maurizio Fratti were all on the podium once at Imola and the Autorlando Sport drivers hope to return to the podium at Misano.

The GT4 European Series round at Misano will begin with a one-hour free practice session at 12.00 on Friday, followed by a second practice session at 16.30 that afternoon.

The two qualifying sessions get underway at 10.30 on Saturday, with the first race scheduled to start at 16.30 on Saturday.

The teams will be back in action in the second race of the weekend, set to start at 9.45 on Sunday morning.

Both races will be shown live on the GT4 European Series Facebook page and SRO Motorsport Group’s GT World YouTube channel.