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