Danish outfit High Class Racing is set to contest the inaugural Fanatec GT2 European Series season with the new Audi R8 LMS GT2.
Most recently known for its exploits with prototypes, Nikolaj Johansen‘s squad will now expand into GT competition with the 470 kW (640 horsepower) Ingolstadt machine, which ranks as the most powerful in Audi’s customer racing programme. The driver lineup for the 2021 Fanatec GT2 European Series season will be announced in due course.
Nikolaj Johansen, Team Manager: “We are adding to High Class Racing's growth in sportscar racing, which is a continuously evolving market, and we are excited to engage with SRO Motorsports Group, who have proven themselves as a dominant factor in the GT world, both regionally and globally.
“We've had the Fanatec GT2 European Series on our radar, as we needed a racing series which could bridge the gap between our academy and our prototype programs. GT2 offers highly competitive racing on major circuits around Europe so it is a great match for us, and I am sure that it'll offer a lot of fun too.”
Forming part of the revitalised GT Sports Club concept, the Fanatec GT2 European Series is a new championship that features a pair of 50-minute sprint races for either single or two-driver entries. The category will launch this season with a five-round calendar, providing a competitive outlet for the high-power models already produced by Porsche, Audi, KTM and Lamborghini.
The maiden race will form part of the support package for the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS season opener at Monza on 15-17 April. The Fanatec GT2 European Series will then stage events at Hockenheim, Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps and Circuit Paul Ricard in what promises to be an exciting debut season for the new category.