Jamie Davies It Is, At Vitaphone
Two drivers stay the same at Vitaphone this year – but Michael Bartels and Thomas Biagi will be joined full-time by Jamie Davies and Andrea Bertolini, in the Maserati MC12s in the FIA GT Championship.

Bertolini drove the #15 JMB MC12 last year, while Jamie Davies (right) raced a Vitaphone car in the Spa 24 Hours, where he set the fastest lap (photo, below).

2005 drivers Fabio Babini and Timo Scheider have moved on to other projects this year – but the new line-up is arguably even stronger.

The team has focused on tyre development over the winter – working hard with 2005 supplier Pirelli.

"I'm delighted to get this opportunity thanks to Pirelli," Jamie told dsc yesterday. "It was a bit frustrating last season with only a rather disjointed programme but the MC12 is a fantastic car. I raced not only for Vitaphone at Spa but also for JMB at Bahrain and set fastest race lap on both occasions. The team is very strong and with the line-up we've got we'll be strong contenders."

It's been a GT1 focused last 12 months for Jamie Davies, with one off drives and testing seeing him aboard four different GT1 runners (Ferrari 550, Aston Martin DBR9, Saleen S7R and Maserati MC12) in three different series (ALMS, FIA GT and LMES). Interestingly though he sees the major competition in the FIA GT championship as coming from a car not featured (so far) on his career resume:

"The Corvettes will be very strong I'm sure, the key though is whether they can run with us over the whole length of the race."

“The Vitaphone Racing Team delivered in fine style, in its first full season with the Maserati MC 12,” says Maserati Motorsport Director Claudio Berro. “While doing so, the team consistently enhanced and refined the car. For 2006 we have set ourselves the goal to tie in with our previous successes. Yet, the competition will be clearly stronger than in the past two years.”

“We succeeded in creating an extraordinary package for the forthcoming season and will give our very best to defend our title in the team ranking,” commented Rafael Calafell, Director of the Vitaphone Racing Team. “Furthermore, we have signed a top class driver line-up that has got what it needs to also secure the Drivers’ Championship.”

That’s a reference to winning the teams’ championship in 2005 – and coming very close to the drivers’ too.

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