Spa 24 Hours Entry News

Phoenix Racing
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.

Aston 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 Lancieri.

The team also has a GT3 Aston Martin entered in the G3 Class, for Diego Alessi / Franco Groppi / Toni Seiler / Davide Stancheris.

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 combination.

SRT
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 Hezemans driving).

“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.

“I completed several laps (at the test day) and it left me with a taste for more of the same,” said the Belgian.

“It is 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.”

Chris Buncombe (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.

“The Corvette 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.”

 

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