Squadra Corsa and TR3 Racing are set to continue their partnership in the renamed Blancpain GT World Challenge America championship, fielding a pair of Ferrari 488 GT3 entries in the series which opens March 1-3 at Austin’s Circuit of The Americas.
Squadra Corsa will return with Caesar Bacarella and Martin Fuentes for the full season in the No. 7 Hublot Ferrari 488 GT3. For the season-opening Blancpain GT America round at Austin, TR3 Racing will have Wei Lu and Jeff Segal sharing the No. 31 TR3 Racing Ferrari 488 GT3.
Bacarella and Fuentes combined to win nine of 10 races on the way to capturing the 2018 World Challenge Sprint X Am championship. Fuentes also claimed the World Challenge GTA title, winning four of the seven rounds that he contested.
“It was an incredible season last year and I’m thrilled to be returning to race for Squadra Corsa,” said Bacarella. “Martin is a great co-driver and the team is very strong. Racing the Ferrari 488 is incredible, and I am looking forward to defending our championship from last year and competing in this new format with the longer races.”
The Segal-Lu pairing finished second in last season’s Sprint X Pro-Am standings, just four points shy of the title. The pair swept the season-ending Grand Prix of Utah, closing their rookie year with three victories, five runner-up finishes and nine podiums in 10 races.
The duo are confirmed for the COTA season opener with TR3 Racing as they look to win in Texas once again.
“I’m really looking forward to being back at TR3 Racing in the Ferrari and racing alongside Wei at COTA,” said Segal. “We’ve got really good memories from there last year — it was kind of our coming-out party. We were rookies and Wei did a great job to put it on pole. We had two really strong races, including the win in the second race. Now we’ve both got a whole season together under our belts and after winning both races to end the season last year we are going from strength to strength to be opening the season at COTA.”
The Blancpain GT America series features two 90-minute races per weekend and a two-driver format and full service pit stops. The COTA event opens with promoter’s testing on the 3.4-mile circuit on Thursday. Friday includes one-hour practice periods at 11:40 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. (all times CT). Qualifying begins at 10:20 a.m. on Saturday, followed by Race 1 at 3:40 p.m. The weekend wraps up with Race 2 at 2 p.m. on Sunday.