AKM Motorsport by Antonelli has confirmed its Italian GT Sprint championship program just in time for this weekend’s 2021 season curtain raiser at Monza.

The San Marino-based squad, spearheaded by Marco Antonelli, continues its commitment in Italy’s highest level GT championship, fielding a Mercedes-AMG GT3 for Israeli Bar Baruch and Luca Segù in the four-round championship.

25-year-old Baruch makes his Italian GT return in which he debuted in 2016 in the GT Cup class before moving up and into the GT3 category in 2017 and 2018 driving a Lamborghini Huracán GT3 and an Audi R8 LMS GT3. This year will mark Baruch’s first-ever appearance in a Mercedes car after completing a recent shakedown.

21-year-old Segù meanwhile made his GT3 debut during a test session at Monza a few days ago following a brilliant 2020 season in which he finished runner up in the GT4 Sprint series, missing the title by just a few points.

“I’m very happy that AKM Motorsport will compete in the Italian GT this year with a couple of young drivers,” said Marco Antonello. “We certainly have the right experience to let Bar and Luca to perform well.”

Team Antonelli Motorsport has enjoyed plenty of success in the national championship, having secured the overall and teams Sprint title two years ago with Riccardo Agostini and Alessio Rovera.

This weekend’s action is set to kick off this Friday with two one-hour free practice runs scheduled for the day, while Saturday will feature two qualifying sessions. The first of two 50-minute plus one lap races will commence at 17:50 local time. Race 2 will start on Sunday at 15:30 local time.


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