Double Macau F3 winner Rosenqvist set for Ferrari GT World Cup drive
|By Gary Watkins||Tuesday, October 10th 2017, 09:00 GMT|
Two-time Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix winner Felix Rosenqvist is set to return to the Chinese venue next month in an attempt to win the FIA GT World Cup.
The Formula E and Japanese Super Formula frontrunner, who took back-to-back F3 wins at Macau in 2014 and '15, is understood to be on a World Cup entry in a Ferrari 488 GT3 entered by '16 Le Mans 24 Hours GTE Am winners Scuderia Corsa.
Scuderia Corsa would not comment on the plans, but a link-up with the outfit makes sense because Rosenqvist is managed by ex-Formula 1 driver Stefan Johansson, who is also sporting director of the Los Angeles-based team.
Rosenqvist would be attempting to become only the second driver after Edoardo Mortara to win both the F3 GP and the Macau GT Cup, which was given FIA world status for 2015.
Mortara followed up on his 2009-10 Macau F3 double with a hat-trick of victories in the GT fixture over the following three years.
The entry for the FIA GT World Cup is understood to include cars from six manufacturers, including race regulars Audi, Mercedes, BMW and Porsche, as well as Ferrari.
Benjamin Franassovici, who is the Stephane Ratel Organisation's entry co-ordinator for the event, wouldn't divulge details of the entry ahead of its official release on October 24, but expressed himself content with the quantity and quality of cars.
"We are definitely happy, because there are some important cars from around the world," he told Autosport.
"You will see when the entry list comes out that there is an exceptionally high level of driver."
Mercedes, winner of the Macau GT fixture in 2014-15, is expected to field four cars.
As well as two cars run by HWA, which has developed Merc's GT3 machinery since 2010, the Chinese GruppeM Racing squad is understood to have been given factory status for the pair of Mercedes-AMG GT3s it runs in the Blancpain GT Series Asia.
The revived team, which took GT2 honours for Porsche in the 2005 FIA GT Championship, has already been loaned factory drivers such as Raffaele Marciello and Maximillian Buhk for its Blancpain campaign in Asia.
DTM driver Mortara, who switched from Audi to Mercedes in 2016, is expected to be on the entry in one of the fleet of Mercs.
Antonio Felix da Costa, the third two-time winner of the F3 GP, appears likely to be part of BMW's line-up.