Barron Connor Completes Its Line-Up
Mike Hezemans will lead the line-up in the second Barron
Connor Racing Ferrari 575 GTC at Sebring, partnered by Jean-Denis
Deletraz and Ange Barde.
The same trio
will also drive the car at Le Mans and in the four LMES races.
Deletraz are well known ‘GT names’, while the Frenchman
is the reigning Ferrari 360 Challenge Champion, and made his Le
Mans debut last year, in the XL Racing Ferrari 550, in the GT Class.
signing Thomas (Biagi) to join me and Danny (Sullivan), we spoke
to over 30 drivers, so making a decision took time,” explains
Barron co-founder John Bosch. “We are happy with the result,
for both cars now have a strong driver line up, with a good mix
of experience and success. Jean-Denis brings a lot of endurance
racing success with him, including wins with the Ferrari 550, while
Mike is arguably one of the best GT drivers around. I also know
how good Ange is, having raced against him in the Ferrari championship.
He won that title in 2001 and last year, while I won it in 2002.
I think it is also great for Ferrari to have its 360 champions move
up like this. In addition, Jean-Denis, Mike and Ange have all raced
in the Le Mans 24 Hours, which is very important.”
is a great opportunity with a great team,” said Deletraz.
“We have the same goals and we all share our passion for Ferrari.”
The Swiss driver
dropped out of the FIA GT Championship - and Le Mans - last year,
at the same time announcing his retirement. It seems that he’s
will probably never lose his love of driving fast cars. “I
chased Ferraris all year last season, so it is great to finally
drive one myself. Barron Connor is a fantastic team, which has facilities
and capabilities similar to a works team. It will be a tough year,
for sure, but I am very much looking forward to it!”
12 Hours will of course be a challenging test for the cars and for
our team, for the race is long, hard and hot,” John Bosch
concludes. “Due to the tight schedule, the cars have been
prepared in Italy and are ready just in time. We are going to Sebring
to learn as much as we can. It is a place where you learn the hard
way, which is the best way to prepare for Le Mans. This is a long
term project and to achieve our goals, I believe it is good to start
with one of the toughest endurances races in the world.”