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GT World Challenge Europe Testdays - Circuit Paul Ricard - France

7th - 8th March 2022

Event report and photos by Raymond Bonnello

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Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS officially launched its 2022 campaign at Circuit Paul Ricard (7/8 March) with two days of testing laying the foundations for the year ahead.

A total of nine brands were represented at the test days, with all of the teams competing in the Sprint Cup and Endurance Cup on-site at the French venue.

Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes, Porsche.

14 hours of track time were available, with the two-day schedule running from 09:00-13:00 and again from 14:00-17:00.

The weather conditions were ideal, although cool in the morning, Monday and Tuesday.

The test represents an important learning experience for all contenders, from the most accomplished veterans on the grid to 16-year-old newcomer Lorenzo Patrese (son of ex Formula 1 driver Riccardo Patrese) , who is preparing for his maiden season of GT racing with the Audi R8 LMS GT3 of Team Tresor by Car Collection.

For my part, I was only present on Monday, which allowed me to be on site for the presentation of the nine-time (125cc, 250cc, 500cc and 6 time in Moto GP) motorcycle world champion Valentino Rossi’s #46 Audi R8 LMS GT3 team WRT.

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It’s with this presentation that I will begin my intervention.

Now let's see the entry list of these two days brand by brand.

Aston Martin

Beechdean AMR was the only Aston Martin representative to have made the trip to the south of France.

Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3

Beechdean AMR

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Audi

In addition to #46 seen above, the other Audi R8 LMS GT3s to have walked the asphalt at Paul Ricard were eight in number.

Audi R8 LMS GT3

Attempto Racing

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Boutsen Racing

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Sainteloc Racing

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Tresor by Car Collection

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WRT

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Bentley

Another British brand, came to tease the lap times, in the colors of the French team CMR.

Only one car took to the track, but a second model was seen in the team pit.

Bentley Continental GT3

CMR

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BMW

Another came with a single car, BMW from the German team Rowe Racing.

BMW M4 GT3

Rowe Racing

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Ferrari

The Maranello brand was present with four cars followed by three teams.

Ferrari 488 GT3

AF Corse

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Iron Dames

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Iron Lynx

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Lamborghini

With ten cars on the tarmac at Paul Ricard, the Italians of Lamborghini were among the best represented.

Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo

AGS Events

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Barwell Motorsport

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Emil Frey Racing

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GSM

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Leipert Motorsport

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Vincenzo Sospiri Racing

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McLaren

The Woking brand also presents four cars entered by three teams.

McLaren 720S GT3

Inception Racing

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Jota Sport

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JP Motorsport

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Mercedes

Ten Mercedes-AMG GT3s met in the south of France for these pre-season tests.

Mercedes-AMG GT3

AKKA ASP Team

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GetSpeed Performance

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Haupt Racing Team

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Madpanda Motorsport

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SKY - Tempesta Racing

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The team asked us not to reveal the colors of the car before March 25.That date has now been reached, so here is SKY Tempesta Racing's Mercedes-AMG GT3 with this decoration planned for the coming season.

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Winward Racing

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Porsche

Only three flat-six made their melody heard in the Var.

Porsche 911 GT3-R (991.II)

Allied Racing

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Dinamic Motorsport

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We only have a few more weeks to wait to witness the start of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS.

Based on Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS press report

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