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European GT Racing News Notebook: TFT, Ring Racing, Rutronik & Rinaldi

TFT Racing Target Spa 24 Hours And Michelin Le Mans Cup

After a joint Michelin Le Mans Cup and GT Open campaign in 2020, TFT Racing are targeting a two-car
return to the ACO’s entry Series in 2021 with a pair of Porsche 911 GT3R, the Series includes the double-header Road to Le Mans races in support of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The first will see the return of Niki Leutwiler to the Series, again supported by a Pro driver with TFT working to fill the second car.

The team is also targeting a first participation in the 24H of Spa with additional campaigns in the GT Rebellion Series or GT World Challenge also possible.

Ring Racing For DTM Trophy And NLS

The Ring Racing team will field a pair of Toyota GR Supra in the sprint-format DTM Trophy.

On the Nürburgring Nordschleife the team will continue their programme with Novel Racing and Toyo Tires with the SP8 class Lexus RC F and a Toyota GR Supra GT4 in SP10 in the NLS and the Nürburgring 24-hour race.

Rutronik Racing NLS Programme

Rutronik Racing have announced their driver squad for a 2021 Nürburgring campaign which includes the first three NLS rounds, the 24h qualifying Race and the Nürburgring 24h with a new Porsche 911 GT3R in the lead SP9 class.

Julien Andlauer and Romain Dumas headline the effort with Tobias Mueller and Tristan Viidas.

Hites Switches To Ferrari With Rinaldi

Chilean racer Benjamin Hites will switch to Ferrari machinery for his second season in Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS.

The 21-year-old made his series debut last season with AKKA ASP in a Mercedes-AMG in the Silver Cup class scoring a maiden win in the Sprint event at Barcelona-Catalunya with two more podiums to follow in the season.

Hites also impressed at the Total 24 Hours of Spa where the #89 Mercedes-AMG was the only Silver Cup car to qualify for Super Pole.

This season he will once again run a full Sprint and Endurance campaign, moving to Michele Rinaldi’s established Ferrari outfit.