The FIA GT1 World Championship is preparing for the 2012 season. The organisation has released two announcements over the weekend.

Stephanel Ratel, Founder and CEO of SRO Motorsports Group, confirmed that negotiations had been on-going on several fronts over the past few months and SRO was now in a position to begin announcing a number of key developments prior to the opening event in Nogaro on 9 April. The first of those announcements is the confirmation of Pirelli as the official tyre supplier for the FIA GT1 World Championship and the FIA GT3 European Championship in 2012.

The line-up of supercar brands for the 2012 FIA GT1 World Championship has been expanded by the confirmation that Ferrari will join the grid. The identity of the team running the pair of Ferrari 458 Italias will be officially revealed later this week.

Ferrari joins Audi (Team WRT), BMW (Vita4One), McLaren (Hexis) and Mercedes ( Munnich Motorsport) in the line-up for the 2012 season. Additional teams are to be announced their participation in the near future.

The final deadline for entries is next month. The venue for the 10th race on the 2012 calendar will be revealed in the coming days along with further team announcements. Meanwhile, the opening date for entries for the FIA GT3 European Championship is 15 February.

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