Karl Wendlinger and Ryan Sharp will continue to drive together this season, but will switch to a Saleen S7R prepared by new FIA GT Championship entrants KplusK Motorsport.
The Anglo-Austrian pairing teamed up at the start of the 2007 season after signing for the JetAlliance Aston Martin team, the pair going on to win seven races over a two year period.
However, following JetAlliance's decision to pull the plug on their GT1 efforts, Wendlinger and Sharp will defect to Czech sportscar team KplusK Motorsport, who graduate to the world championship with a pair of Saleens.
Although Wendlinger admits he was offered tempting drives elsewhere, the former Formula 1 driver was enticed by the chance to join and up and coming outfit.
“I really had some very good offers”, he said, “but eventually I decided to commit to KplusK Motorsport – because I believe that the environment there is very good and that it suits me ideally. The team is highly motivated and well set-up. That's why I'm convinced that – even though KplusK is a new FIA GT team – we can be successful immediately.”
“I always had very high opinion of the Ford Saleen. Our new car is state of the art and certainly competitive. The car proved to be very balanced right away. Moreover we've already begun to tweak the setup – to find out how the car reacts to various things.”
“There will again be a high-quality entry list this year. There are many rumours about new teams and new drivers. That's why it will again be very important to perform well from the start of the season in order to be able to run up front consistently and avoid non-finishes.”
As well as Wendlinger and Sharp, a second Saleen will be driven by local driver Adam Lacko and an as-yet-unnamed driver.