Suzuki Endurance Racing Team starts the defence of its World Endurance crown today with the opening practice and qualifying sessions at Oschersleben in Germany.

Fourteen-time EWC Champions SERT currently sits in fourth position, just nine points from the series lead; and with a total of 35 points available to the winner – who would have to lead throughout the Oschersleben 8-Hour race to get the extra bonus points available – there are several teams in contention.

Three Suzuki GSX-R1000-mounted teams fill the top-eight positions: Along with SERT riders Vincent Philippe, Anthony Delhalle and Etienne Masson are current series leaders Team April Moto Motors Events; Gregg Black, Gregory Fastre and Alex Cudlin on 68 points, eight clear of nearest rivals SRC Kawasaki and YART Yamaha Official, who are tied on 60 points. Also in the hunt is Team R2CL Suzuki’s Nicolas Pouhair and Aaron Morris in eighth position with 45 points.

Other teams in the hunt for the championship title, and just behind SERT, are FCC TSR Honda (56 points), GMT94 Yamaha (52 points) and Honda Endurance Racing Team (51 points).

Qualifying sessions begin this afternoon with the final qualifying to determine the grid on Friday. The Oschersleben 8-Hour race gets underway at 14:00hrs on Saturday.

Current World Championship points: CLICK HERE

Oschersleben 8-Hour Entry List: CLICK HERE

Check out the Endurance pages on the new Team Suzuki Racing Magazine: HERE