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GT News Notebook: Brabham, Alpine, GMG & More

Brabham BT62 For 2021 GT Cup

Paul Bailey and Ross Wylie are to share Bailey’s Brabham BT62 for a full season in the GTO class of the UK GT Cup with the car prepared by SB Race Engineering.

This will be the first full season of racing for a BT62 in any race Series after the car made its racing debut in the Britcar season finale in 2019.

Alpine GT4 for NLS

Waldow Performance will bring an Alpine A110 GT4 to the 2021 NLS, the first team to use the French sports car on the Nordschleife with the team also fielding a Megane III R.S. as well as a Megane IV R.S. in the VT2 class for a partial season.

The GT4 will be driven by the Max Lamesch, Andreas Patzelt and Janis Waldow in the NLS. Steve Jans also supports the driver trio at selected events.

“We are looking forward to our premiere season with the Alpine A110 GT4 and have made it our task to test and optimize the long-distance suitability of this sports car. We are excited to see what we can achieve in the first season with this vehicle and the experienced driver pairing ”, said Axel Waldow, Team Principal of Waldow Performance.

GMG Racing Announce 2021 Programmes

GMG Racing have announced their current programmes for the 2021 season.

Team owner James Sofronas will race in select GT America events with his Audi R8 LMS Ultra as well as the GT World Challenge America.

Returning teammates Jason Bell and Andrew Davis will switch from Porsche to Aston Martin in the GT4 America Sprint X series. Bell, who took second place in the global Porsche Cup points standings, will also be racing the Aston Martin, solo, in the all-new GT America sprint-style series.

Another two teammates returning to the GMG fold this season are Elias Sabo and Andy Lee piloting the Audi R8 LMS GT4 EVO in GT4 America SprintX, with Sabo also tackling the GT America solo series in a second GT4 EVO from Audi.

Marcus Haselgrove Joins GMG As Team Manager

Ex SRO America Vice President of Competition and Operations Marcus Haselgrove has been appointed as Team Manager of GMG Racing.

“I am tremendously excited to join GMG as their Team Manager. During my tenure with AUDI, we worked closely with GMG, and that relationship was instrumental in introducing homologated GT3 cars into Pirelli World Challenge (Now SRO). Their organization captured the 1st American GT3 win, 1st American GT4 championship, with continued success across multiple manufacturers and GMG has a world class portfolio of Race Technicians, Engineers and logistics staff within their racing program.”

W&D BMW For GT4 European Series

San Marino-based W&D Racing Team is set to re-enter the GT4 European Series with a BMW M4 GT4 after opting to sit out the 2021 international season in the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic.

After a 2020 season spent in the Italian GT Sprint – where Paolo Meloni scored a win and six podiums in the GT4 Am standings to finish third in the standings.

Meloni will rejoin 2018 and 2019 team-mate Max Tresoldi.