The stage is set for this weekend's Endurance Cup contest at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which will bring the curtain down on the 2022 Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS season.
The championship-contending Iron Lynx squad has tweaked its line-ups since the entry list was revealed last week. Of particular note, Antonio Fuoco will fight for the overall Endurance Cup drivers' title without regular teammates Davide Rigon and Daniel Serra in the #71 Ferrari. Instead, two-time Endurance champion Alessandro Pier Guidi and fellow Ferrari factory driver Alessio Rovera will join Fuoco to form an all-Italian line-up.
Fuoco will need to overcome an 11-point deficit to the championship-leading Akkodis ASP crew if he is to ensure that the drivers' title remains with Ferrari for a third consecutive season. The sister #51 machine also features a change, with Giancarlo Fisichella deputising for James Calado alongside Nicklas Nielsen and local ace Miguel Molina.
A total of 10 titles will be decided this weekend. In addition to the overall Endurance Cup drivers' crown, the teams' championship will also be settled between Akkodis ASP (Mercedes-AMG), Iron Lynx (Ferrari), ROWE Racing (BMW) and Team WRT (Audi). The overall Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS teams' crown can be claimed by Akkodis ASP or Team WRT, though the drivers' title has already been clinched by Raffaele Marciello.
In the Silver Cup just one championship remains up for grabs, with WRT holding a healthy advantage over fellow Audi squad Attempto Racing in the combined teams' standings. The inaugural Gold Cup season has seen the class run at Endurance events and both the drivers' and teams' crowns remain up for grabs. Inception Racing (McLaren) holds the advantage in both, with Iron Dames (Ferrari) close behind and Herberth Motorsport (Porsche) an outside bet.
Finally, Pro-Am is the most open class of all. Teams' and drivers' titles are up for grab in the combined and Endurance Cup standings, with three squads in the hunt. The combined titles are between AF Corse (Ferrari) and Garage 59 (McLaren), who will also dispute the Endurance Cup drivers' championship. SPS Automotive Performance (Mercedes-AMG) joins this duo as a contender for the Endurance Cup teams' crown, leading by a single point ahead of the decider.
As well as Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS, the Fanatec Esports GT Pro Series will also conclude its 2022 campaign at Barcelona. A one-hour Assetto Corsa Competizione race will be staged in the Fanatec Esports Arena, with vital championships points on offer for the overall and Silver Cup teams' championships.
This weekend's event will feature on-track support action from the Lamborghini Super Trofeo and GT4 European Series, while GT1 Sports Club Powered by Curbstone Events will stage its final event of 2022 at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, one year after the concept made its debut at the same venue.
Track activity gets underway with paid testing and the bronze test on Friday, while live coverage begins on Saturday morning when free practice goes green at 09:00. From that point onwards, every second of the action will be live right up to Sunday's season finale, which gets underway at 15:00 CEST.
FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER
16:40–17:40 – Bronze Test
SATURDAY 1 OCTOBER
09:00–10:30 – Free Practice
13:40–15:10 – Pre-Qualifying
18:45–19:45 – Fanatec Esports GT Pro Series LIVE
SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER
09:00–10:00: Qualifying LIVE
15:00–18:00: Three-Hour Race LIVE
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