GR Racing makes it 37 entries for 6 Hours of Spa

GR Racing will join the GTE-Am class to finalise 37 entries for the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in May, Round 2 of the 2022 WEC.

The second venue on the Season 10 schedule will have one more entry than the 1000 Miles of Sebring opener.

Round 2 on May 7 will precede June’s running of the 90th 24 Hours of Le Mans.

GR Racing will join the GTE-Am category amongst four other Porsche 911 RSR-19 cars.

Bronze-rated Michael Wainwright will team up with Riccardo Pera, and Benjamin Barker.

Last year, Wainwright and Barker partnered with Tom Gamble to retire from last year’s race a crash on the formation lap.

All other team entries are identical from Sebring, with the exception of a few driver changes.

In GTE-Am, Ferrari will be represented across their five entries: (two cars) AF Corse, #85 Iron Dames, #60 Iron Lynx, and #71 Spirit of Race.

All of these crews will have the familiar driver crews, with the #85 being run by the sole all-female line-up of Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting and Sarah Bovy.

Porsche and Aston Martin are also represented with their crop of privateer teams.

In GTE-Pro, Porsche have the upper hand on the Manufacturers’ Championship after finishing 1-3 at Sebring.

It will be Corvette Racing’s second attendance at Spa-Francorchamps after debuting the C8.R last year in the hands of Antonio Garcia and Oliver Gavin.

They return from a 2nd-placed finish on home soil, and will target another podium finish before the American outfit bring their double line-up of GTEs to Le Mans.

AF Corse look to redeem a challenging Sebring after being unable to compete with their class rivals.

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In LMP2, 15 entries will take part for the class-victory.

United Autosports, who won last year with their #22 Oreca 07, will bring their sister #23 along too.

Paul di Resta filled in for Alex Lynn at the opener due to his IMSA 12 Hours of Sebring commitments, but he will return in the #23 which secured their first WEC win.

After testing positive for COVID-19, Alex Brundle was forced to miss the opener for Inter Europol Competition and was instead replaced by their ELMS driver Fabio Scherer, who won his first WEC race last year with UA.

Brundle will return to the #34 after the team suffered during Sebring with electrical reliability issues during the race, and despite an ECU replacement, were forced to retire.

In Hypercar, the same full-time entries will compete for the overall win once again.

Championship-leaders Alpine Elf Team will face competition from a double-Toyota line-up of GR010 Hybrids, and Glickenhaus’ SCG 007 LMH.

It will be the first time Ryo Hirakawa drives for Toyota at Spa, although he previously raced at the ELMS 4 Hours of Spa with Thiriet by TDS Racing and G-Drive Racing.

Glickenhaus were unable to compete last year – when it was the season-opener – due to their ongoing homologation process.

Instead, Pipo Derani will compete after Ryan Briscoe’s outing at Sebring.

The team make their first appearance at the Belgian circuit in two months time.