Reigning Super Taikyu champions ARN Racing has confirmed full-time entry to the Blancpain GT Series Asia this season following BMW Team Studie’s announcement earlier in the year (2018). The Japanese squad will run a Ferrari 488 GT3.
The team previously entered both home rounds at Suzuka and Fuji in 2017 and is now expanding that commitment to all 12 of this year’s races as part of a program that also includes the inaugural Suzuka 10 Hours.
Team director Hiroaki Nagai, who won the Super Taikyu title last season with Kota Sasaki, is the only driver confirmed so far.
“This season we decided to challenge for the Blancpain GT Series Asia title,” said Nagai. “After winning the ST-X championship in Super Taikyu last year we thought it was time for our team to aim higher.
“We raced at Suzuka and Fuji last year and found ourselves to be much more competitive than we expected, so the whole team is looking forward to a successful season. Nevertheless, this is still the team’s first entry into an international series and we know there will be a lot of adjustments necessary, but we are enthusiastic for our new adventure.”
Ferrari joins Audi, Lamborghini, Nissan and Porsche on the list of GT3 manufacturers so far confirmed for Blancpain GT Series Asia this season.
The championship’s opening round of the year takes place at Sepang in Malaysia on April 14 and 15.