The organizers of the new GT1 World Championship have released details of the 12 teams set to contest the inaugural series, subject to FIA approval.
The Stephane Ratel Organization's revised category replaces the FIA GT Championship this season, although several of its cars will be FIA GT machines modified to fit the new World Series rules. Each manufacturer entering the series must be represented by two private teams each running a pair of cars.
Nissan announced last week that the Swiss Racing Team and UK squad Sumo Power would race its new GT-R, while Aston Martin named GT3 graduate Hexis and new German outfit Young Drivers AMR as its representatives shortly before the new year. Modified FIA GT Corvettes will be run by two amalgamations of existing GT teams, with Selleslagh and DKR joining forces under the Madcroc title, and Phoenix and Carsport Holland also operating as an alliance.
The Matech and Marc VDS teams ran Fords built to the new rules within FIA GT last year, and both teams will continue their programs into 2010. Reigning FIA GT champion team Vitaphone stays with Maserati, with a new squad called Triple H Team Hegersport, created by former driver Altfrid Heger to run the other two MC-12s.
Longtime Lamborghini entrant Reiter will spearhead Lamborghini's fully fledged return to GT racing, alongside a new team named Munnich Motorsport. Team boss Rene Munnich previously ran Reiter cars under the All Inkl banner.
The teams must be approved by the FIA before an official entry list is released. The 10-round series kicks off in Abu Dhabi on April 4, and features races in South Africa, Brazil and Argentina as well as events around Europe.