Global Motorsports Group (GMG) has confirmed an entry in the upcoming Michelin IMSA SportsCar Encore. Drivers Jason Bell and James Sofronas will compete in the GT4 category, continuing their 2018 campaign with the Audi R8 LMS GT4.
“We’re thrilled to return to IMSA and take part in this landmark event,” said Sofronas. “This race will usher in a new era for IMSA with their new tire partnership, and with the rise of GT4 racing around the country it’s a great opportunity for us to look at our options. Sebring is one of the greatest circuits any driver can compete at, and we’re arriving focused on getting the maximum. I’m especially eager to run with Jason Bell, who will add yet another classic to a great season. Jason has been impressive all year, and most recently at Laguna Seca he was as remarkable as ever, fighting to the front every time he was in the car.”
With GT4 machinery being eligible for the IMSA-sanctioned Michelin Pilot Challenge in 2018, the Encore presents a unique opportunity for teams to get an early insight in to the season.
“I’m excited to return with GMG, and hopefully close the season on a high,” said Bell. “We had a great run together at the most recent race at Laguna Seca, and with a little different fortune we would have been prime contender. Headed to the Encore, I’m confident we can continue our momentum, and of course what better place to finish your season than at Sebring. I’m really appreciative of the whole crew at GMG to make this ambition a reality.”
Practice begins on Friday, November 9, with the four-hour endurance race taking place on Sunday, November 11.