AF Corse's F430 GTCs
the advantage in the GT2 Class of the FIA GT Championship scould
be with Ferrari - and EbiMotors might struggle to be truly competitive
(as the main / factory Porsche team).
AF Corse will, we believe (official announcement due today), enter
F430 GTCs for Mika Salo / Matteo Bobbi and Rui Aguas / Jaime Melo
Aguas tested for AF Corse recently, while the Brazilian Jaime (pronounced
as in French) Melo has been the lead test driver for the new GT2
car from Ferrari / Michelotto. He raced the Risi F430 GTC at Sebring.
Bobbi had an unsuccessful season in Grand Am in 2005, but a partnership
with Mika Salo (left) looks as though it will rejuvenate both of
their careers. Salo won two races for the official Maserati / Ferrari
factory team in 2004, with the Maserati MC12 project.
The Ferraris will run on Pirelli tyres.
Mika Salo is
managed by Nicolas Todt, son of Jean Todt.
AF Corse is also expected to make three Maserati Light GT3 cars
available for the new European GT3 Championship – with drivers
Aguas / TBA, Alessi / TBA and Sperati / TBA.
In related news, Pirelli tyre testing at Misano
today saw the Ebimotors Porsche of Emmanuel Collard / Luca Ricctelli
lapping quickly (a 1:31.8 for the Frenchman – although the
Italian had a minor ‘off’).
Melo in an F430 GTC was slower, marginally, with
a 1:32.0 – but apparently running a different compound to
Gollin and Babini were testing the Aston Martin
Racing BMS DBR9, but we can’t find out a time for this car,
or for Bertolini and Bartels in a Vitaphone Maserati MC12.