Dubai - Entry Adjustments
There are several changes to the normal (and expected) entry for
the final race of the FIA GT season on November 18 – the most
significant being the late inclusion of the Phoenix Racing Aston
Martin DBR9, which has been flown out to the event, and the replacement
of Matteo Bobbi by Toni Vilander in the #58 AF Corse Ferrari.
going to Dubai to win,” says Jean-Denis Deletraz. He and Andrea
Piccini have some unfinished business, after being knocked out of
the Adria event by Fabio Babini in the BMS DBR9. At least that means
no ballast for the #5 car. Piccini on pole?
GT2, Matteo Bobbi had thought that he was the GT2 Champion, with
Jaime Melo – and he still might be. But the Italian has been
dropped from the team for the last race, to be replaced by Toni
rule of racing is that you don’t collide with your team-mate,”
commented Mika Salo, of an incident during the Adria race –
but one that became irrelevant when the Salo / Aguas AF Corse Ferrari
was disqualified for a ride height infringement, thereby handing
the title to Bobbi and Melo.. or just Melo if the Brazilian finishes
in the points at Dubai. The AF Corse Ferraris have both crossed
the line in the top six in every race so far this year…. which
hasn’t been a harmonious one between the 58 and 59 squads.
Other changes include Larbre entering the ‘electronically
controlled’ Ferrari 550, Vitaphone adding Eric van de Poele
and Vincent Vosse to their squads (as at Spa), Babini being joined
by Malucelli in #23, no Lamborghini, Mike Rockenfeller joining Emmanuel
Collard in the #75 Porsche (Luca Riccitelli is about to become a
father for the second time) and the expected return to the series
of a pair of Spykers.
Full preview to come.