Japanese squad Team GMB will finally make its Fanatec GT World Challenge Asia Powered by AWS debut this season.
The Mercedes-AMG GT4 entrant first announced plans to join the championship at the end of 2019 but was unable to compete due to the postponement of the last two seasons.
In truth its competitive hiatus predates the global pandemic: the outfit was originally established in 1991 but hasn’t raced since its final All Japan GT Championship (now known as Super GT) campaign in 2003.
Team owner and driver Hiroaki Hatano began his career in Super Taikyu but became a mainstay of the All Japan GT Championship from 1996 until 2003 before joining the VITA Trophy Endurance Series in 2016.
His 41-year-old Silver-Am partner Shinya Hosokawa has also raced in Super GT where he finished runner-up in 2006 and third in ’07.
Further team announcements will be made in the coming weeks ahead of GTWC Asia’s opening round at Sepang on May 20-22.