One month before the start of the 2015 edition of the Sepang 12 Hours it is clear that the level of this year’s edition will be unequalled, with Clearwater Racing, Bentley M-Sport, FFF Racing Team by ACM and Sport Garage confirming their star-studded line-ups. For those unable to travel to Malaysia, there is the excellent news that the Sepang 12 Hours will have live television and livestream coverage from start to finish!
GT3 – Clearwater Racing #1 Ferrari 458 GT3
Clearwater Racing is one of most successful GT teams in Asia and their record in the Sepang 12 Hours is the perfect confirmation of their status. As overall winners of the two most recent editions of the Asian endurance classic the team of managing director Arj Kulasegaram will start as one of the favourites for the 2015 edition, especially when one takes a look at their now confirmed driver line-up for the #1 Ferrari 458 GT3. Clearwater Racing’s stalwart and triple Sepang 12 Hours-winner Mok Weng Sun will be joined by former FIA GT champion (and last year’s winner) Gianmaria Bruni, 2015 Blancpain Endurance Pro-Am champion Matt Griffin and James Calado, currently third in the GT World Championship standings. The term ‘favourite’ might even be an understatement.
GT3 – Bentley M-Sport #8 and #9 Bentley Continental GT3
But Clearwater Racing will certainly not have it easy. Bentley M-Sport, the British team which gave the Bentley Continental GT3 its racing debut and immediately took two Blancpain Endurance Series race wins in their first full season, will bring not one, but two impressive Continentals GT3 to Sepang. Their driver line-up consists of their regular Blancpain Endurance Series drivers Maxime Soulet, Maxi Buhk and Andy Soucek on the #8 car, while on the #9 Brits Steven Kane and Guy Smith get the company of their 2016 team-mate Vincent Abril for the first time.
GT3 – FFF Racing Team by ACM #55 McLaren 650S GT3
The FFF Racing Team by ACM project was created when two high-calibre companies, FFF Automobile and ACM, decided to join forces. FFF Automobile is a global leader in the Chinese Automotive market, managed by Fu Songyang, while ACM is owned by renowned racer Andrea Caldarelli. The Italian will take on some driving duties during the upcoming Sepang 12 Hours, in the company of Hiroshi Hamaguchi, Andrew Watson and a fourth, yet to be determined, driver. Hamaguchi has a season of experience with the 650S GT3, finishing on the podium of the 2015 GT Asia Series on a couple of occasion. 20-year-old Andrew Watson is one of the BRDC Rising Stars and completed the 2015 British GT season with the Von Ryan Racing McLaren, finishing runner-up in the Silver Cup.
GT3 – Sport Garage Ferrari 458 GT3
One of the regulars on the European endurance scene, French squad Sport Garage, will bring a Ferrari 458 GT3 to Sepang. At the wheel will be Blancpain Endurance Series regulars Georges Cabannes and Jean-Paul Buffin, together with yet to be named drivers. Both Cabannes and Buffin conquered renowned GT titles in the recent past, so they should take a spot on the list of drivers to watch out for.