Japanese squad Goodsmile Racing will return to the Total 24 Hours of Spa this year, adding further international flavour to July's twice-around-the-clock contest.
The team has announced plans to compete under the Goodsmile & Type-Moon Racing banner, fielding a Mercedes-AMG GT3 for Nobuteru Taniguchi, Tatsuya Kataoka and Adam Christodoulou.
The car will take to the track with a striking livery that celebrates the 15th anniversary of Fate, a character from the popular visual novel developed by Type-Moon.
This will mark a return to Spa for the Japanese effort, which competed in the event's 2017 running as Goodsmile Racing & TeamUKYO. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 was also the squad's weapon of choice on that occasion, when an all-Japanese driver line-up led by Kamui Kobayashi tackled the Pro class.
The Total 24 Hours of Spa will be the first of two planned Intercontinental GT Challenge outings for the Goodsmile squad, which has also confirmed its intention to tackle August's Suzuka 10 Hours.
Preparations for this year’s Total 24 Hours of Spa will begin on Monday 22 July, with the first track action taking place the following day. The festivities will continue on Wednesday 24 July with the annual parade to Spa town centre, quickly followed by practice and qualifying on Thursday and Friday (25/26 July).
The race itself will play out across Saturday and Sunday (27/28 July). A host of exciting support series will precede the main event, while further entertainment – including the Fan Zone and music concert – will run throughout the on-track contest.