Changes afoot at this weekend's second round of the GT4 European Series from Paul Ricard

Tuesday, May 30, 2023


Again supporting the larger GT World Challenge Series Endurance Cup at their collective second round of the season around the Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France this weekend will be the GT4 European Series, listing another healthy fifty-six car grid for their efforts.

Having competed last time out around the temple of Speed of Monza, this weekend’s double header will again feature another speed circuit with eleven Aston Martin Racing powered crews again competing across the three available classes but with some notable changes between them from that of last time.

Monza’s pair of opening races was a chaotic as this grid sizes would suggest with glimpses of possibilities being shown from within Mirage Racing’s three entries but with the only silverware success coming from the #72 GPA Racing Am pairing of Kevin Jimenez and Florent Grizaud who secures a brace of P3 finishes in class for their efforts.

Fourteen Aston Martin’s entered that opening round and from this week’s entry list, its confirms the omission of the #27 Newbridge AMR of Alex Denning and Matt Topham following their race 1 sustained damage that put them out of the event as well as the loss of #68 AGS Events Racing car Romano Ricca and Julien Lambert for an unknown reason.

Another entry has however been duplicated again but this time with another team as brother/sister combo Andreas and Jessica Bachmann return to the series with the Racing One team having raced at Monza as a supposed ‘one-off’ pre-season entry with the Prosport Racing team that they now compete with within the ADAC GT4 Germany Series.

That has now been confirmed as a dual 2023 programme for both Andreas and Jessica Bachmann, using Racing One AMR with the European Series and PROsport Racing within the German one.

The Mirage Racing entry for Rory Van Der Steur and Emil Heyerdahl is also missing but we know that the American is already on racing duty this weekend with the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Series around the new street circuit of Detroit.

The final change has occurred within the #48 GPA Racing crew where Bailey Voisin is now being listed as being paired with British GT R-Racing AMR Vantage GT4 racer Josh Miller. The reason for the swap from the listed Kajus Siksnelis is again unclear.

That still leaves nine crews still unaffected by change and that includes the #5 Mirage of Ruben Del Sarte/Jamie Day; the #7 Mirage Racing of Louis Meric/Romain Carton; #18 Team Spirit Racing of Lorenz Stegmann and Marcus Lungstrass; #24 JSB Competition of father son combo Florian/Julien Briche; #26 and #74 Racing Spirit of Leman cars of Akhil Rabindra/Rodrique Gillion and Victor Weyrich/ Konstantin Lachenaur respectively; #72 GPA Racing of Jimenez/Grizaud as well as the #89 and #98 AGS Event Racing cars of Mike Parisy/Nicolas Gomas and Timothe Buret and Vincent Bouteiller.

Each one-hour race is again viewable via the series social media channels starting at 14:55hrs local on Saturday and at 11:35hrs local on Sunday.

Photo credits – Teams / Series
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