18 countries want to win the inaugural FIA GT Nations Cup

November 29, 2018
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Marijan Malcevic

  • FIA GT Nations Cup

The inaugural FIA GT Nations Cup will take place at Bahrain International Circuit on November 30 and December 1. Eighteen countries will have their representatives in GT3-spec cars driven by 36 Silver and Bronze-rated drivers.

The event organizers and promoters are the Bahrain Motorsport Federation (BMF) and the Stephane Ratel Organisation (SRO), in conjuction with FIA.
Over two days, drivers will have two practice sessions, two qualifying sessions, two qualifying races of sixty minutes each, and a third and final race of sixty minutes to determine the overall winners. Prizes will be awarded to the top three crews in the final race, with the winning crew also receiving an additional Nations Cup Trophy.

Competing crews will use cars from seven different manufacturers, supported by teams that do not need to be a team of the same nationality. Some of them will run multiple cars, so AF Corse will have three Ferrari 488 GT3s (Italy, Japan, UK), Rinaldi Racing will run two Ferraris (Germany, Russia) and Herberth Motorsport will operate two Porsches (China, Australia).

2018 FIA GT Nations Cup entry list

CountryOperating teamCarNumberDrivers
Belgium Belgian Audi Club Team WRTAudi R8 LMS8Mike den Tandt, Charles Weerts
ItalyAF CorseFerrari 488 GT311Matteo Cressoni, Piergiuseppe Perazzini
JapanAF CorseFerrari 488 GT312Tamotsu Kondo, Ken Seto
UKAF CorseFerrari 488 GT314Chris Buncombe, Chris Froggatt
MexicoSquadra Corse Garage ItaliaFerrari 488 GT315Martin Fuentes, Ricardo Perez de Lara
DenmarkFormula RacingFerrari 488 GT316Johnny Lauren, Nicklas Nielsen
BelarusAT RacingFerrari 488 GT317Alexander Talkanitsa Jr., Alexander Talkanitsa Sr.
ArgentinaHB RacingLamborghini Huracan GT318Jose Manuel Balbiani, Ezequiel Perez Companc
MalaysiaAxle MotorsportAudi R8 LMS19Mitchell Cheah, Zen Low
Hong KongKCMGNissan GT-R Nismo GT320Alex Au, Andy Yan
TurkeyRAM RacingMercedes-AMG GT334Ayhancan Guven, Salih Yoluc
ThailandKessel Racing TP12Ferrari 488 GT339Piti Bhirombhakdi, Pasin Lathouras
FranceAkka ASPMercedes-AMG GT389Jean-Luc Beaubelique, Jim Pla
Sweden Garage 59McLaren 650S GT3188Victor Bouveng, Alexander West
GermanyRinaldi RacingFerrari 488 GT3333Nico Bastian, Alexander Mattschull
RussiaRinaldi RacingFerrari 488 GT3993Denis Bulatov, Rinat Salikhov
ChinaHerberth MotorsportPorsche 911 GT3 R910Chao Li, Yeo Le
AustraliaHerberth MotorsportPorsche 911 GT3 R911Brenton Grove, Stephen Grove

GT4 International Cup as a support event

The FIA GT Nations Cup is a part of the Bapco Bahrain GT Festival. The part of the Festival would also be the inaugural GT4 International Cup. Twenty-one crews from ten countries announced a participation in eleven different GT4-spec cars.

The cars are Audi R8 LMS, Ekris M4 and BMW M4, McLaren 570S, KTM X-Bow, Alpine A110, Mercedes-AMG, Porsche Cayman, Aston Martin Vantage, Maserati Grand Turismo MC and Ginetta G55.

Photos: Blancpain GT Series,

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