The Dutch made Spyker C8 Double 12R racer will be meeting the Chinese motorsport fans for the first time ever at the Zhuhai International Circuit.

The GT racer will be entering the FIA GT Championship ¡V China Round, to be held at the Zhuhai International Circuit on 21 ¡V 23 October. As the car has not yet been homologated by the FIA, it will race in the Group 2 class. The car will be run by the works team, the Spyker Squadron.

Spyker Squadron's team manager Hans van Rennes said: "We are racing in China because we see China as our second most important market world wide. We have two dealers in China and hopefully one or two within the next 6 months."

The most interesting aspect of the car is that this is an open top machine and it will be the only open top car in the race. The car has an output of 480 bhp and weighs just 1050kg. Technically it is quite similar to the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, but Hans van Rennes said: "Our aim is to be in the top 4 but that most likely is a difficult task, this is our first race in FIA GT and we have no idea how fast the others are."

Spyker Squadron has already raced in the world renowned Le Mans 24 Hours race this year, as well as the Sebring 12 hours and the Nurburgring LMES race. Unfortunately the car broke down with mechanical problems after 8 hours at Le Mans .

In the Nurburgring 1000km race held last month, the Spyker C8 Double 12R, driven by Danny Crevels and Jeroen Bleekemolen, finished just a lap down in second place after 170 laps. The race was won by Sebah Automotive's Porsche 911 GT3 RSR driven by Marc Lieb and Xavier Pompidou.

This time at Zhuhai will be Spyker's first foray into the FIA GT Championship. It will be interesting to see how it performs against the dominating Porsches. If it does well, then there is a good chance that it will enter more races next year.

Hans van Rennes explained: "FIA and ACO (the Le Mans 24 Hours race organizers) are accepting each other's GT2 regulations so we do not have to make a FIA GT 2 car at this time. For Spyker Le Mans is the race and we will next year try to do not only Le Mans and Sebring but all the LMES races plus a few FIA GT races as well."

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