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Rossi set for multiple programmes

- GARY WATKINS

Seven-time Motogp champion Valentino Rossi will race in the GT World Challenge Europe this year alongside his maiden campaign in the World Endurance Championsh­ip in the new LMGT3 class. But how many of the 10 GTWCE weekends the BMW factory driver will contest has yet to be announced.

The Belgian WRT team with which Rossi will remain for his third full season of car racing has revealed that Rossi is part of plans for the GTWCE, in which it will run multiple BMW M4 GT3S across the Endurance and Sprint Cup legs of the series. But it is waiting to announce his full programme at the official launch of its GT activities with BMW next week.

Team boss Vincent Vosse, whose operation will also field the factory BMW M Hybrid V8 Le Mans Hypercars in the WEC this year, explained that Rossi’s

2024 programme “will not just be the

WEC – there will be more races”.

Rossi has already been announced as part of WRT’S line-up for next month’s Bathurst 12 Hour, the opening round of the Interconti­nental GT Challenge, and Vosse stressed that Rossi’s appearance­s outside the WEC in 2024 will be “more than just that”.

There are no clashes between the WEC and GTWCE this season, which in theory would allow Rossi to contest both segments of the Stephane Ratel Organisati­on-run series for a third consecutiv­e season. But Vosse played down that prospect. “In theory he could do all the races, but at the moment that is not the plan,” he said. Vosse refused to divulge whether Rossi’s GTWCE campaign would be centred on the five Endurance Cup rounds.

WRT will announce the driver combinatio­ns in its two WEC M4s next week. So far only Rossi and Augusto

Farfus have been confirmed.

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