B-Racing signs Bouchut and Leuenberger
Following the slight controversy over Philipp Peter’s alleged
signing earlier this year, the newly formed B-Racing RS Team now
has its driver lineup together: at a test in Imola on March 1, Frenchman
Christophe Bouchut and Swiss Benjamin Leuenberger were confirmed
as drivers for the 2006 season.
was a frontrunner in LMES and FIA-GT with the Russian-sponsored
Ferrari and Aston Martin in 2005. He will be looking to add another
FIA GT title to the two he already has under his belt. His team
mate for the season will be Norbert Walchhofer who, together with
team manager Rainer Stiefel, has been instrumental in putting the
has been signed to drive the Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT
in the 2006 Le Mans Series; the former Panoz works driver found
2005 a tough year trying to find more speed in the aging Viper he
drove in the LMES for Paul Belmondo Racing. Leuenberger will also
be handling most of the team’s test work throughout the year.
He will also share the car with Walchhofer, and the three of them
will form the B-Racing squad for Le Mans, if the ACO chooses to
forward an invitation. The JLOC Lamborghini has already been accepted
by the ACO.
With young Austrian
Reinhard Kofler, another driver has joined the B-Racing ranks in
the role of test driver. The former Red Bull Junior has a background
in single seater racing and only managed to get a few laps in during
what was a busy day on the Imola track; his performance was enough
to get him signed as a test driver; negotiations with sponsors are
ongoing, and Kofler may yet make his GT racing debut this year.