French squads CMR and Arkadia Racing have confirmed they will field Alpine A110 GT4s in this year's GT4 European Series.
Charly and Sabine Bourachot's CMR team will field one Alpine A110 GT4 for Vincent Beltoise and Loris Cabirou in the Silver Cup. CMR last ran the Alpine A110 GT4 in the GT4 European Series during the 2019 campaign, before switching to the Toyota GR Supra GT4 last year.
This season the Alpine A110 GT4 is back full-time, with 16-year-old Cabirou teaming up with experienced Alpine driver Beltoise.
“I am very pleased with my participation in GT4 Europe in 2021. I wanted to accompany Alpine in Europe because I am convinced that the A110 GT4 has the means of showing off in the European Championship," said Beltoise.
"For the package to be perfect, you need a good teammate, and by associating with Loris I already know that the collaboration will be good. After the first runs I am now confident on our means to perform," he added.
“I am very happy to compete in the European Championship alongside the CMR team and Vincent Beltoise. Thanks to his experience, I will be able to learn from Vincent throughout the year," said Cabirou.
Arkadia Racing will make its GT4 European Series debut with Alpine, after competing in the Championnat de France FFSA GT with Ginetta for the last two seasons. Former French GT champion Antoine Leclerc will share the car with Arkadia Group CEO Stéphan Guerin. Guerin and Leclerc will race in the Pro-Am Cup of the series.
"I am pleased to announce the participation of Arkadia Racing in partnership with Signatech-Alpine in the GT4 European Series. We have recently discovered the world of motor racing, the immense pleasure it provides but also the high level of demand required to be competitive. Teamwork, rigour, performance, tenacity and the quest for excellence are common practices and values shared by the Arkadia Group, particularly in its engineering activities," said Guerin.
"A meeting with Antoine Leclerc and Philippe Sinault, President of Signatech, has led to the initiation of a promising partnership with the Alpine brand. I am very happy to share the wheel with Antoine, which will allow me to improve my driving quickly and to be more efficient in races this year," Guerin added.
"For several months, I have been working with Signatech-Alpine on the A110 GT4's entry into the GT4 European Series. At the end of 2020, I met Stephan Guerin, who was looking for an experienced driver to supervise the team and its drivers after two seasons in the French GT4 Am category. After a few working sessions, including a day at Paul Ricard with the Ginetta entered in GT4 France, our common desire to collaborate and drive together was confirmed and the project ARKADIA Racing in partnership with Signatech-Alpine became a reality," said Leclerc, who will race the car and act as team manager for the ambitious team.
The first round of the 2021 GT4 European Series will take place at Monza on April 16-18.