The MR Racing team has put in an entry for the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship season.
The team have plans to enter a Ferrari 488 GTE which will be run by AF Corse, and they already have the driver line-up ready.
The 50 year old team owner Motoaki Ishikawa will be driving together with his teammate from the Blancpain series, the two year younger Olivier Beretta. Beretta has loads of experience from Formula 1, Le Mans and last but not least ALMS/IMSA, where he was a works driver for Corvette and later on Risi Competizione and AF Corse in the FIA WEC.
Eddie Cheever III will be the third driver in the car, that plans to enter the GTE-Am category. 24 year old Cheever III have more potential sportscar programmes waiting for him in 2018, where he is rumoured towards the IMSA series too.
Beretta and Ishikawa tested the car during the post-season test day in Bahrain, the day after the season finale 2017, and Ishikawa did some respectable times considering it was the first time for him in a GTE car, without ABS that he used to from the GT3 cars that he has raced so far.
Motoaki Ishikawa is the bronze driver in the car, while Cheever is a silver ranked driver. Beretta will start his last two seasons as a platinum driver, since he will be automaticly moved down one grade the year following his 50th birthday – not that it makes much difference regarding what he will be allowed to race in, since there is no difference between platinum and gold ranked drivers.
The excitement for the MR Racing will be revealed on 9 February, where they and the rest of the entrants for the FIA WEC, Le Mans and ELMS will get to know if they have received the entry or not.