Lexus returns to European racing in GT World Challenge series 

Lexus is once again returning to the European GT series this year after entering the RC F GT3 into the GT World Challenge series. 

Tech 1 Racing will run the #15 RC F GT3 for the second consecutive season with three young, talented French drivers at the helm, hoping to take the Lexus to multiple victories.

Lexus RC F GT3 GT World Challenge 2020

Responsibility of piloting the Lexus RC F GT3 this season falls to Thomas Neubauer, Aurélien Panis, and Timothé Buret. Neubauer is the reigning Silver drivers’ champion in the Sprint Cup, having captured the 2019 title alongside Nico Bastian in an AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG, and is now looking to gain further success with Tech 1 and Lexus.  

Panis remains part of the team having appeared at three Sprint rounds last term, taking a best finish of fifth at the Nürburgring. The Frenchman has also been confirmed as an ‘official driver’ for the Lexus brand. 

Lexus RC F GT3 GT World Challenge 2020

Buret is also well-known to Tech1, having supported the Am Cup line- up at last year’s Total 24 Hours of Spa. The youngster has further experience in GTs and prototypes with the squad. 

The GT World Challenge, now in its 10th season of competition, will start its revised 2020 season at Imola on 25/26 July. The 4.9km circuit will be packed with a 46-car grid, each eager to race after an extended season break following the outbreak of the global coronavirus pandemic. 

Lexus RC F GT3 GT World Challenge 2020

The revised 2020 calendar includes racing in six different countries around Europe before the final at Circuit Paul Ricard in November. The updated calendar is below:

ImolaRound 125/26 July
MisanoRound 27/9 August
NürburgringRound 35/6 September
Magny-CoursRound 411/13 September
ZandvoortRound 525/27 September
BarcelonaRound 69/11 October
Total 24 Hours of SpaRound 722/25 October
Circuit Paul RicardRound 813/15 November

The European Lexus RC F GT3 will be hoping to replicate the same success that the American RC F GT3s are having during the IMSA series, with its first 1-2 finish and two race wins so far.

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