Allied-Racing announces Porsche entry; Kasperlik and Stupple confirmed
The 2016 GT4 Am champion Jan Kasperlik and former Reiter Young Stars driver Tim Stupple will share the wheel of one of the Allied-Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 MRs to be entered in this season's GT4 European Series Northern Cup.
The team from Huglfing, Germany confirmed two full-season entries, with Kasperlik and Stupple set to race the #22 Porsche Cayman GT4 MR. Jan Kasperlik won two races in 2016 and finished on the podium in several other races. A crash in the final race of the season resulted in a second place in the GT4 Am standings.
"2016 was again a great year of development. It all ended in the final race at Zandvoort. Last race and all decisions in one race - there, we had bad luck and crashed at the start," says Kasperlik.
"This year, I have a new partner in my car and in the first tests it worked well. We should be a competive driver pairing for the AM championship and we will fight for the seasons top 3 - hopefully."
Kasperlik's partner, Tim Stupple, will return for his second season in GT4. The 19-year-old German raced the #24 Reiter Young Stars Team Holinger KTM X-Bow GT4 during the 2016 season and finished ninth in the GT4 Pro class.
Initially the team's second Porsche Cayman GT4 MR was set to be shared by reigning GT4 Pro champion Peter Terting and Czech driver Daniel Rymes. Rymes, however, pulled out late last week, which means Allied-Racing is now looking at other options for the #23 entry.
"The fact Rymes pulled out is sad, but where certain doors close, other doors will open. We'll see what the next few weeks will bring. Fortunately, in terms of finances we won't have an issue this season - even without a second car on the grid. So everything is alright and we're all looking forward to the start of the season in Misano."
Preparations for the new season are well underway. The team has been testing at Zandvoort, Misano and Monteblanco in recent weeks.