DSC’s Daily Notebook (18/05/2023) – Dailysportscar

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GetSpeed’s ‘Green Hell’ livery
The #3 GetSpeed Mercedes AMG GT3 art car for this weekend’s Nürburgring 24 Hours has been shown off.

The car, which will be driven by Jules Gounon, Daniel Juncadella and Maro Engel, will race with a hand-drawn livery inspired by the Nordschleife’s nickname, the ‘Green Hell’.
Flooding causes Imola GP cancellation
It’s been an awful week for the Emilia Romagna region in Italy, with devastating flooding claiming lives and forcing many to evacuate their homes.
The floods have also forced FOM to cancel this weekend’s F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, which included the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup’s opening round on its schedule (which will now be held at Monaco).
The decision was taken on the grounds of safety, with many parts of the circuit infrastructure affected by flooding from the Santerno River next to the track.
In a double blow for the venue, the damage the flooding has caused comes straight after lengthy renovation work was completed at the track ahead of the Grand Prix, which in turn resulted in the ELMS weekend being cancelled.
DSC’s thoughts are with everyone affected.
Akkodis ASP joins GT2 European Series
Akkodis ASP Team will join the Fanatec GT2 European Series for round two at the Red Bull Ring on 26-28 May, fielding a new Mercedes-AMG GT2.

The #61 Am entry will be driven by the father and son pairing of Mauro and Benjamin Ricci for the remaining five rounds of the season.
The duo join the growing series after a successful season competing in the Am category of the GT4 European Series.
Since the beginning of its development, the Mercedes-AMG GT2 has clocked up more than 20,000 km in testing on various European circuits (Valencia, Monza, Dijon, Paul Ricard, Portimão). Almost all official Mercedes-AMG drivers have been involved in the development of the car.
Two Mercedes GT2s will also race this weekend at the Nürburgring 24 Hours as part of the SPX class.
Brands Hatch circuit updates
The Brands Hatch circuit in Kent, UK has undergone a series of improvement works this week to ensure is in the best possible position ahead of a busy summer period.

Resurfacing has been carried out in several areas, including the pit lane entry. The Grand Prix circuit has also received a significant amount of attention, with a new surface laid from Surtees through Pilgrims Drop right on through to Hawthorn Bend.
Replacement kerbs have been installed too, notably at McLaren, whilst the gravel trap at Druids has been replenished.
The venue has also made the most of this period to make a number of detailed changes and improvements. This includes a repainted pit wall, with some renewed brickwork. Several of the speakers have been replaced along the pit wall too.
“We’re always looking carefully at how we can improve Brands Hatch as a venue, and we’ve had a perfect window following the Fanatec GT World Challenge event to make some changes to the on-circuit and pit infrastructure,” Brands Hatch Circuit Manager Mike Lally said.
“The resurfacing work on the Grand Prix circuit means that much of the famous longer layout has been replenished in the past 18 months, whilst other projects will ensure the circuit is in excellent shape for the summer months, for the benefit of all participants.”
By completing these works now, it means that the British GT Championship’s round at Brands Hatch in September will benefit from the updates.
Stephen Kilbey
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