GP Racing To Run The Promec
Venice-based GP Racing will be running the unique Promec PJ199 in
the LMES this year.
In an update
to a story first posted on November 7 last year – here
– Alex Caffi will, as announced, lead the driving strength,
but instead of Gabrio Rosa and Michele Serafini, the co-drivers
are likely to be Gabriele Gardel and Fabrizio Del Monte.
The team’s press
release suggests that the car will be powered by a 750 bhp Engine
Developments V10: if true, it’s going to be a sure-fire winner.
A more likely power output
will be in the 550 bhp range, although the 5 litre V10 will receive
a restrictor reduction for this year.
“We are going to
participate in (the) five endurance races but we’re not going
to participate in the 24 hours of Le Mans so we can optimize our
resources,” explains Tancredi Pagiaro, Team Director. “We
will also have the official support of a tyre company” –
suspected to be Yokohama.
Engineering is going to be very involved in the Italian prototype
championship in the 2005 season,” explains Gianfranco Trombetti,
of Promec Engineering. “We have decided to give the PJ199
car to GP Racing because of the relationship they have with us and
because they have proven in the last few years to be very professional
and very competent. We have moreover provided GP Racing with three
Promec technicians: Giuseppe Angiulli (engineer), Sergio Paparoni
(designer) and Davide Meandri (technician) who contributed to the
creation of PJ199."