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Ferrari joins GT1 World Championship from 2012

GT1 World start Zolder 2011GT1 World Championship organisers have announced Ferrari will join the grid for the 2012 season.

The Maranello firm will have two 458 cars in the series, with the teams running them to be announced later this week for reasons of confidentiality.

Ferrari joins Audi, BMW, McLaren and Mercedes in the series.

"The addition of Ferrari to the 2012 line-up makes for a mouth-watering array of supercars racing in one world championship," said series boss Stephane Ratel.

"The Ferrari team brings to five the number of confirmed teams and we are in advanced talks with a number of other teams."

GT1 also announced Pirelli will become the official tyre supplier from this year.

"We are delighted to confirm a partnership with Pirelli as the official tyre supplier for the FIA GT1 World Championship and the FIA GT3 European Championship for the 2012 season," said Ratel.

"Pirelli have an unrivalled reputation in global motorsport and we are pleased that our teams in both GT1 and GT3 will benefit from the technical expertise and experience the company brings. Their recent success in helping to create competitive racing in Formula One through their innovative approach underlines that point."

The championship starts at Nogaro on 9 April.

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