In Phoenix DBR9
DTM team (and now FIA GT team) Phoenix Racing has confirmed that
Jean-Denis Deletraz and Andrea Piccini will continue their long-standing
FIA GT partnership by racing together again this year – in
an Aston Martin DBR9.
as our DTM commitments, this opportunity presents a further step
forward for the future of the enterprise," explains team manager
Dirk Theimann. "We are extremely pleased to run this fantastic
Aston Martin in the GT1 class. With our tire partner Michelin we
have the best conditions for a successful entrance into this series."
The team suggests
that this will be the first of two DBR9s that it will race in the
FIA GT Championship.
Piccini raced a BMS Ferrari 550 in 2002, a Lister Storm in 2003,
one of the unsuccessful DAMS Lamborghinis in 2004 and a GPC Sport
575 in 2005. They took four wins together in 2002. Their first test
in the car will come at the Dijon test days next month (April 11/12).
They will race
on Michelin rubber, as opposed to the BMS cars on Pirellis. The
Cirtek / Russian Age Aston Martin won the last race of the 2005
FIA GT Championship, also on Michelins, but this team will be concentrating
on the LMS this year.