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Professional motor racing team SWR will expand its operations into the world of endurance racing next year after this morning, Wednesday, 14th December, officially confirming a program to compete in the GT4 European Series Northern Cup with the addition of selected rounds of the British GT4 Championship.

Already a key part of the British GT race weekends in the co-headline BRDC British Formula 3 Championship, where the team is set to continue fielding a multi-car entry, Chipping Norton-based SWR will now add endurance racing to its portfolio for the first time.

The newly confirmed move will see SWR, which is owned by Blancpain GT Series racer Sean Walkinshaw, run a pair of Nissan 370Z cars in the GT4 European Series where the team intends to be a consistent front-runner from the outset.

Provisionally, SWR’s endurance debut will come at Misano in Italy over the weekend 1st/2nd April when the six round GT4 European Series Northern Cup gets underway. From there, it will visit Brands Hatch in the UK in May, Zandvoort in The Netherlands and Spa in Belgium in the summer before a trip to either Austria or Hungary. The finale will be at Germany’s Nurburgring in September.

Established by organiser SRO to provide one of the most effective forms of endurance competition, the GT4 European Series Northern Cup offers eligibility for a wide range of cars from marques such as Porsche, BMW, Lotus, Aston Martin, KTM and, of course, Nissan.

“We’re all incredibly excited by the move into endurance racing for SWR, especially with the Nissan 370Z”, said team owner Walkinshaw, “It’s a fantastic step for the team and a great opportunity to branch out into GT racing, probably the fastest growing form of motorsport in the world. 

“We have already had the cars on track and believe the Nissan 370Z is a competitive vehicle in Europe and British GT. We’re currently evaluating drivers for our available seats, and keen to hear from others too as we prepare to hit the ground running next year.”


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Northern Cup Calendar 2017

2 April Misano Blancpain GT Series
7 May Brands Hatch Blancpain GT Series
11 June Red Bull Ring ADAC GT Masters
16 July Slovakia Ring FIA ETRC
20 August Zandvoort DTM
17 September Nürburgring Blancpain GT Series

Southern Cup Calendar 2017

16 April Nogaro Nogaro
21 May Grand Prix de Pau Pau
2 July Dijon Dijon
10 September Magny-Cours Magny-Cours
1 October Barcelona Barcelona
15 October Paul Ricard Paul Ricard