Marciello, Gounon defend GTWCE Endurance crown with ASP Mercedes - Motor Informed

Marciello, Gounon defend GTWCE Endurance crown with ASP Mercedes

Marciello and Gounon claimed the Endurance Cup crown final yr along with fellow AMG manufacturing unit driver Daniel Juncadella after following podiums at Imola and Paul Ricard by winning the Spa 24 Hours, whereas Marciello additionally earned the general GTWCE crown after ending second within the Dash Cup with Boguslavskiy.

The Russian 22-year-old has pushed for the group since 2019, when he received the Endurance Cup silver division, and scored two outright podiums in 2020 when paired with Marciello and DTM race-winner Felipe Fraga.

Boguslavskiy sat out the Endurance Cup final yr as he claimed three Dash Cup wins, beating his tally of two from 2020 when he additionally completed runner-up alongside Marciello.

The pair will once more group as much as contest the Dash Cup, which encompasses a record-breaking 40-car grid.
Gounon and Marciello have already been confirmed for British GT programmes with 2 Seas Motorsport and RAM Racing respectively, whereas Gounon may also contest the complete IMSA SportsCar Championship GTD Professional season – which has three clashes with GTWCE Dash – alongside Juncadella for WeatherTech Racing.

ASP will enter a second automobile within the Endurance Cup Professional division anchored by 2021 DTM champion Maximilian Gotz, who switches from the Getspeed squad with which he completed second in final yr’s Spa 24 Hours.

Gotz, who completed second on his first look with the group subbing for Gounon alongside Jim Pla in final yr’s Magny-Cours Dash Cup spherical, shall be joined by Thomas Drouet and Lorenzo Ferrari after being omitted of AMG’s 2023 DTM roster.

He has been linked with a drive with Glickenhaus within the World Endurance Championship.

#88 AKKA ASP Team Mercedes-AMG GT3: Raffaele Marciello, Jules Gounon, Daniel Juncadella

#88 AKKA ASP Group Mercedes-AMG GT3: Raffaele Marciello, Jules Gounon, Daniel Juncadella

Photograph by: SRO

The grid for each the Endurance and Dash parts of GTWCE has been taking form in latest weeks, with Lamborghini outfit Vincenzo Sospiri Racing fielding a full manufacturing unit lineup for the primary time within the Dash Cup.

Jordan Pepper and Franck Perera headline its three-car Dash lineup, however Pepper will hyperlink up with new Lamborghini companion group Iron Lynx (following its change from Ferrari) in Endurance alongside two-time champion Andrea Caldarelli and 2017 winner Mirko Bortolotti.

Audi has introduced that manufacturing unit drivers Mattia Drudi and Dennis Marschall will group up with DTM race-winner Ricardo Feller on the Tresor Orange 1 squad within the Endurance Cup, with Drudi and Feller contesting the Dash Cup.

Simon Gachet, Christopher Mies and Patric Niederhauser will group up at Sainteloc for the Endurance Cup in addition to partnering Endurance Cup silver crew Paul Evrard, Gregoire Demoustier and Erwan Bastard in Dash.

Porsche squad Dinamic GT Huber Racing has additionally introduced a Professional entry within the Endurance Cup for 2020 Nurburgring winners Christian Engelhart and Sven Muller together with Asian Le Mans Sequence champion Ayhancan Guven.

Manthey Racing EMA DTM team-mates Thomas Preining and Dennis Olsen will in the meantime share a Rutronik Racing Porsche with 2022 Carrera Cup Germany winner Laurin Henrich.

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