20,000 Flock To Bucharest
FIA GT race around the former palace in Bucharest didn’t quite
happen in 2006, but the third round of the 2007 Championship (May
20) should see a huge crowd drawn to the two hour race in the Rumanian
capital – based on the attraction of November 5’s launch
of the event.
Karl Wendlinger, drivers from the Renauer Motorsport Team and leading
Romanian drivers such as Mihai Marinescu, Doru Sechelariu and Claudiu
David were all present, along with local dignitaries, SRO’s
Stephane Ratel and circuit designer Hermann Tilke.
built up a fraction of the entire circuit for today, of course,”
explained Tilke. “Many more adjustments will be necessary
for the FIA GT race next year. For example we will lay new asphalt
in the braking zones and in the corners.”
not a typical street course,” commented Karl Wendlinger, “because
there’s just a few corners with four long straights –
but the backdrop is overwhelming. This race will further increase
the value of our championship for sure.”
team owner of RaceAlliance, suggested that “looking at the
amount of spectators that were already present today, we can expect
a real spectacle. I just hope that the event will be organised appropriately
as well, in order to avoid any chaos. Because the fans will come
please Michael Bartels, in particular.
The last stop
for the 2006 FIA GT Championship is Dubai, on November 17-18 - which
is where the cars are heading now.
and Karl Wendlinger are pictured yesterday in front of what is now
the Romanian parliament building - by volume, the third largest
building in the world. Most of the 6,000 rooms are unused. The top
floor, with its ceilings 50 feet up, was to have been the Romanian
dictator's personal residence.