Foster Confirms Intercontinental GT Start at Suzuka 10 Hour with HubAuto Corsa
HubAuto Corsa has announced it's driver line-up for this year’s inaugural Suzuka 10 Hours (August 24-26) as part of its two-car assault on Asia’s leg of the Intercontinental GT Challenge.
Davide Rigon, Miguel Molina and Matt Griffin form a potent partnership aboard the Taiwanese team’s all-Pro 488 GT3, while HubAuto Corsa has also confirmed that Morris Chen, Nick Foster and Leo Ye Hongli will drive a second, Pro/Am Ferrari.
HubAuto Corsa’s full-season programme sees its two Ferraris usually competing in Blancpain GT Series Asia, which stages rounds five and six of its 2018 campaign at Suzuka on June 30/July 1. The team, as well as some of its rivals, will gain valuable mileage at the iconic figure-of-eight circuit ahead of its 10 Hours appearance less than two months later when Pirelli will once again be the sole tyre supplier.
The team’s ProAm entry unites three-quarters of HubAuto Corsa’s Blancpain GT Series Asia driver roster. Foster and Hongli currently lie third in the championship’s GT3 Drivers’ standings after four races, while team owner Chen usually partners Australian Supercars star Tim Slade.
An entry list featuring more than 35 cars and representing 12 manufacturers is now confirmed for August’s 47th Summer Endurance Race.
ABOUT THE SUZUKA 10 HOURS
The Suzuka 10 Hours, which becomes Asia’s sole leg of the Intercontinental GT Challenge this season, is being jointly administered by SRO Motorsports Group, Super GT organisers GT Association, and Suzuka’s management company Mobilityland Corporation.
Uniquely, the race offers FIA GT3 cars from all over the world an opportunity to compete equally against Japanese teams running similar machinery and the JAF GT-spec chassis only found in Super GT’s GT300 category.
August’s 47th Summer Endurance Race builds on the legacy of Suzuka’s previous 1000-kilometre event. Although best known previously as Super GT’s blue riband round, the race has also featured on the FIA GT Championship, BPR Series, World Sportscar Championship and All-Japan Sports Prototype Championship schedules since its establishment in 1966.
Pirelli has been chosen as the event’s official tyre supplier while prize money totalling 100-million Yen has also been confirmed.