The GT4 South European Series will commence its inaugural season at Nogaro this coming weekend. The Race Ready-organized racing series in cooperation with SRO Motorsport Group heads to France to what promises to be a thrilling season in prospect.
The all-new championship gets its inaugural season at the Circuit Paul Armagnac underway with the well-known Coupe des Pâques event, which has been held every year from 1968 to present, and expects to achieve a cult classic status in the future.
The GT4 South European Series will enjoy a rich entry list for the season opener with four different brands represented, five different cars and teams and drivers from four different nationalities, which proves the series managed to attract a varied field.
Mercedes-AMG will take part in the series with a Veloso Motosport-run car driven by Miguel Cristóvão and Francisco Abreu, two Portuguese drivers who have extensive experience of domestic and international competition.
Alpine Competition will be present as Mirage Racing ensures two cars for Belgian pairing of Rémi Van Straaten / Axel Van Straaten and Frenchmen duo of Vincent Beltoise / Benoit Lison, two extremely competitive driver line-ups to fight for top honors.
Ginetta also comes in with two cars. Tockwith Motorsport will enter a Ginetta G50 in the GTC class – for those cars no longer homologated- for Marmaduke Hall and Edward Moore. The British GT manufacturer will also count on as ABM Grand Prix’s Ginetta G55 GT4 with Pierre-André Nicolas and Christophe Vernet sharing the driving duties.
Saintéloc Racing, one of the most prestigious teams on the European GT scene, will field three R8 LMS GT4 cars for Simon Gachet / Eric Debard, Olivier Esteves / Anthony Beltoise and Fabien Michal / Grégory Guilvert, who are candidates for the top step of the podium throughout the weekend.
These are excellent reasons to enjoy a thrilling weekend, in which the unpredictability is almost a constant feature of the two 60-minute races. Last but not least, the GT4 South European Series will join the field of the Championnat de France – GT4 France, whose entry list has exceeded forty cars, to make the event even more exciting.
Commenting about the first season event, Diogo Ferrão said: “It is never easy to start a new project from the scratch but I think we are ready to make a positive first step. Even when several of our teams won’t be able to attend the season opener at Nogaro as they are finalizing all the small details of their racing programmes. Anyway they have already confirmed their first appearance in the series at Jarama. We feel confident about how exciting this first round at Nogaro is going to be. Besides, we continue working to let the GT4 South European Series grow throughout the year.”
The series promoted by Race Ready in partnership with SRO Motorsports Group will kick off at Nogaro, in the Coupe de Pâques, at April 19th-22nd, and will visit four other circuits – at Circuito del Jarama, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Autódromo Internacional do Algarve and Circuito do Estoril. In addition, a “Special Cup” will be held at the Vila Real street circuit.
The GT4 South European Series’ races will be TV broadcasted by Porto Canal (Portugal) and Teledeporte (Spain) and, additionally, on its Youtube Channel for the rest of the world.