33 GT3 cars from eight manufacturers will compete in GT World Challenge Asia this year. The season starts in just over a week in Malaysia.

By Steven Walton

Championship organisers, SRO Motorsports Group Asia, revealed the full entry list this week, saying there were more than it could comfortably accommodate during a full season.

The eight manufacturers represented on the grid are Porsche, Mercedes, Ferrari, Audi, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, BMW and Nissan.

Porsche is the most popular brand with 11 cars, followed by seven from Mercedes. Only one car each from BMW and Nissan will be on the grid.

There are 23 different teams and cars are split across four classes. There are 14 entries in Pro-Am, five in Silver, 10 in Silver-Am, and four in Am.

GT World Challenge Asia is not open to GT4 cars this year.

Instead, GT4s will race in the Japan Cup, a separate championship that will be held alongside GT World Challenge Asia when it races in Japan.

GT World Challenge Asia commences on April 19-21 at Sepang in Malaysia. The series then heads to Buriram in Thailand and three tracks in Japan before the season ends in Shanghai, China in September.

SRO Motorsports Group Asia general manager Benjamin Franassovici said this year’s high demand was due to increased interest from domestic Chinese and Japanese teams and an influx of new Silver-Am pairings.

“It’s very encouraging and underlines the health of GT racing across Asia as well as the popularity of our customer platform,” he said.

“2024 promises to be our biggest year yet.”

Some driver line-ups already revealed

This week’s entry list did not confirm driver pairings for the season, though some teams and drivers have already announced their plans.

Reigning GT World Challenge Asia champion Anthony Liu has switched manufacturers and teams for 2024.

Liu says goodbye to Mercedes and Craft-Bamboo Racing and will now drive a Porsche for Absolute Racing in the Pro-Am class. Liu will share driving duties with Porsche factory driver Alessio Picariello.

Absolute Racing has also announced Akash Nandy and James Yu Kuai will share an Audi in the Silver class, Markus Winkelhock will drive an Audi in Pro-Am with a rotating teammate, and Eshan Pieris and Tanart Sathienthirakul will share a Porsche in the Silver class.

Newly-founded GT team Phantom Global Racing has confirmed line-ups for their two Pro-Am Porsche entries. Sun Jing Zu and Joel Eriksson will share one car and Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak and Bastian Buus will share the other.

Climax Racing has also confirmed drivers for their three Mercedes entries.

Wayne Wang Zhongwei will drive in the Pro-Am class and for the first four races he will share his Mercedes with factory driver Jules Gounon. After that, Gounon will be replaced by Mercedes junior driver Ralf Aron.

Climax Racing’s other two cars are entered in the Silver-Am class. Jaylyn Robotham and Min Heng will drive one and Liu Hangcheng and Li Lichao will drive the other.

Harmony Racing has also announced that Alex Liang Jiatong and Luo Kailuo will share a Ferrari 296 GT3 in the Silver class.

Full entry list

  • #1 – Absolute Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 R (992) – Pro-Am
  • #3 – Elegant Racing Team – Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo – Silver-Am
  • #4 – Origine Motorsport – Porsche 911 GT3 R (992) – Pro-Am
  • #6 – VSR – Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo2 – Pro-Am
  • #8 – EBM – Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 Evo – Am
  • #13 – Phantom Global Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 R (992) – Pro-Am
  • #14 – GTO Racing TEAM – Porsche 911 GT3 R (992) – Silver-Am
  • #18 – Porsche Center Okazaki – Porsche 911 GT3 R (992) – Pro-Am
  • #19 – The Spirit of FFF Racing – Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II – Am
  • #22 – Climax Racing – Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo – Pro-Am
  • #25 – Porsche Center Okazaki – Porsche 911 GT3 R (992) – Silver-Am
  • #30 – Craft-Bamboo Racing – Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo – Pro-Am
  • #36 – Phantom Global Racing – Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II – Silver
  • #40 – Audi Sport Asia Team Absolute – Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II – Pro-Am
  • #41 – Audi Sport Asia Team Absolute – Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II – Silver
  • #44 – Vollgas Motorsports – Porsche 911 GT3 R (992) – Silver-Am
  • #51 – AMAC Motorsport – Porsche 911 GT3 R (991.2) – Am
  • #52 – Climax Racing – Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo – Silver-Am
  • #60 – LMcorsa – Ferrari 296 GT3 – Silver
  • #63 – VSR – Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo2 – Pro-Am
  • #66 – Climax Racing – Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo – Silver-Am
  • #75 – Garage 75 – Ferrari 296 GT3 – Am
  • #77 – Harmony Racing – Ferrari 296 GT3 – Silver
  • #87 – Origine Motorsport – Porsche 911 GT3 R (992) – Silver-Am
  • #88 – Craft-Bamboo Racing – Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo – Pro-Am
  • #89 – Team KRC – BMW M4 GT3 – Pro-Am
  • #93 – Phantom Global Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 R (992) – Pro-Am
  • #296 – Absolute Corse – Ferrari 296 GT3 – Silver-Am
  • #500 – Team 5ZIGEN – Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 – Silver-Am
  • #563 – ANR with VSR – Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo2 – Silver-Am
  • #777 – D’station Racing – Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 Evo – Pro-Am
  • #888 – Triple Eight JMR – Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo – Pro-Am
  • #911 – Absolute Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 R (992) – Silver

Header photo credit: Mercedes-AMG

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