Reigning Gulf 12 Hours champions AF Corse will return to the Middle East’s premier GT endurance race with a strong four-car entry for the 10 December race at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
AF Corse is one of the most successful entrants in the Gulf 12 Hours, with four overall wins to its name. This year, the Italian squad will compete with one ProAm line-up and three Am driver crews, including some eye-catching names.
Le Mans 24 Hours class winner Alessio Ravera is the only Platinum driver in the line-up and will lead the #25 crew in another Ferrari 296 GT3, alongside Alessandro Cozzi, Giorgio Sernagiotto and Marco Pulcini in an all-Italian Pro-Am entry.
French driver Lilou Wadoux, who recently tested a Ferrari 499P Hypercar and is a regular in the FIA World Endurance Championship, will race at Yas Marina Circuit in the #20 Ferrari 296 GT3 car alongside Italian Christian Colombo, Indian driver David Tjiptobiantoro and Stéphane Lemeret, from Belgium.
A Ferrari 488 GT3 will hit the Yas Marina Circuit in the hands of rising Italian star Nicola Marinangeli, Greek driver Kriton Lendoudis and 2019 podium finisher Christoph Ulrich, from Switzerland, in the #51 car.
AF Corse’s formidable three-car Am class challenge is completed by a cosmopolitan four-driver crew in the #61 Ferrari 296 GT3. The American pair of Jean Claude Saada and Conrad Grunewald join Belgium’s Laurent de Meeus and Portugal’s Miguel Ramos.
Alongside AF Corse, the grid for the 2023 Gulf 12 Hours will feature winners from 10 of the race’s 12 editions so far. Fellow four-time champions Kessel Racing, winners from 2014 to 2018, add to the Ferrari contingent and join 2 Seas Motorsport, the Mercedes AMG team from nearby Bahrain who were champions in 2021 and January 2022.
The best ever field for the Gulf 12 Hours sees GT3 cars from Audi, BMW, Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes AMG and Porsche line up and competition will be intense throughout the field, which features all-professional, GT3 ProAm and GT3 Am driver crews fighting for overall and class honours.
Four qualifying sessions on Saturday 9 December will kick off the live coverage via the official Gulf 12 Hours YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/@gulfmotorsport. The race, which runs for 12 continuous hours for only the second time in its history, begins on Sunday 10 December at 10.45am Abu Dhabi time (7.45am In Europe, 6.45am in the UK) and will be streamed in its entirity.