Spa 24 Hours Entry News
The #5 Aston Martin, with regulars Jean-Denis Deletraz and Andrea
Piccini leading the team, will be joined by Marcel Fässler
and Stephane Lemeret, at the Proximus Spa 24 Hours next week.
Marcel Fässler is well known to the Phoenix
team, because he drove an Opel Vectra for them in the DTM, and also
raced in the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring, for Opel Team Phoenix,
in 2004 and 2005. Fassler has already shone at Spa-Francorchamps
this year, in the Swiss Spirit Courage LC70.
The Belgian driver Stephane Lemeret is something
of a Spa specialist, and he’ll be lining up for his tenth
Spa 24 Hours.
Martin Racing BMS Scuderia Italia
The two Pirelli-shod Aston Martin DBR9s will be raced by:
#23 Tomas Enge / Fabio Babini / Christian Pescatori
#24 Fabrizio Gollin / Miguel Ramos / Matteo Malucelli / Gabriele
The team also has a GT3 Aston Martin entered in
the G3 Class, for Diego Alessi / Franco Groppi / Toni Seiler / Davide
Enge was victorious in the Aston Martin Racing 007 entry at the
new Salt Lake City track last weekend, and will be racing at Portland
this weekend. Enge, babini and pescatori looks like a very strong
It’s not on the official entry list yet, but SRT will be entering
the Spa 24 Hours again, with its Corvette C5-R. That will make 11
cars in the GT1 Class.
David Hart, Chris Buncombe, Maxime Soulet and Geoffroy
Horion will race the Corvette – which will also be in action
this weekend, at the Belcar event at the Lausitzring (Hart and Mike
“I’m truly proud of our driver quartet,
and especially because we have two fellow countrymen at the wheel,”
says team owner Patrick Selleslagh. “My ambition is in fact
to repeat our 2005 performance (eighth place) or even improve on
it. We obviously need to run a faultless race and ensure that all
the drivers share in the same ‘endurance-spirit’. The
fact that that we will be somewhat competing in the shadow of the
favourites could well be to our advantage. Playing the part of an
outsider at Spa is definitely not a disadvantage.”
“It’s the first time that I will be
getting behind the wheel of a GT1 (in a race),” commented
a very happy Geoffroy Horion – who tested the SRT Corvette
at the Spa test day earlier this month.
completed several laps (at the test day) and it left me with a taste
for more of the same,” said the Belgian.
undoubtedly the most powerful car I have ever driven,” said
fellow Belgian Maxime Soulet. “But this doesn’t worry
me as I have a pretty large adaptability factor and I hope to perform
well. For me this experience might be a door-opener to a further
career in the endurance racing world.”
(right) does have plenty of GT1 experience – with JMB, in
its Ferrari 575 and Maserati MC12. He missed out on a Spa 24 drive
last year though.
has an exceptionally good reputation and all in all is a car with
an impressive record,” remarked Buncombe. “I did Spa
in 2004 with the Nissan 350Z, but that is somewhat different. My
father raced at the 24 hours seven times during the ‘70s &
‘80s in the Chevrolet Camaro and works Esso Ford Capris, so
historically this race means a lot to my family.”