PREVIEW: 2018 Total 24 Hours of Spa – Am Cup Class

by Jean-Paul Hackett
Herberth Motorsport, JŸrgen HŠring (D), Edward-Lewis Brauner (D), Wolfgang Triller (D), Monza 2018

11 cars will compete in the Am Cup category at this year’s Total 24 Hours of Spa. Each will run a four-driver crew, taking advantage of the opportunity to add a Silver-graded competitor for the biggest race of the season.

The Garage 59 trio of Alexander West, Chris Harris and Chris Goodwin have scored two Am Cup victories this term. To secure the biggest win of all, they will be joined at the 24 Hours by Andrew Watson, who moves across from the British squad’s Pro entry.

AKKA ASP Team has adopted a similar tactic with Nicolas Jamin. The French ace has competed in various classes for the AKKA squad this season, even scoring an outright pole position at Misano, and represents an impressive teammate for the race-winning crew of Eric Debard, Philippe Giauque and Fabien Barthez.

These two squads may be the pre-race favourites, but Spa cares little for reputations, and several of their competitors will also have designs on the winners’ trophy.

The #26 Sainteloc Racing Audi R8 LMS is an intriguing addition to the field, having switched to the Am Cup class for Spa with a line-up that includes young guns Nyls Stievenart and Simon Gachet.

Barwell Motorsports adds Finnish rising star Patrick Kujala to its crew of Leo Matchiski, Adrian Amstutz and Richard Abra. The British outfit will be one of four squads fielding a Lamborghini Huracan GT3, with Target Racing, Antonelli Motorsport and Attempto Racing also putting their faith in the Italian machine.

Fellow Italian brand Ferrari will be represented by two Am Cup squads; Rinaldi Racing will field its #488 machine, while Blancpain GT Series Asia entrant T2 Motorsport will also be present in the Belgian Ardennes.

Finally, Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup regular Walkenhorst Motorsport will fly the flag for BMW, while fellow German outfit Herberth Motorsport will do likewise for Porsche.

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