As the European season gets underway at Nogaro (FFSA) and Zolder
(Belcar) this weekend, and the first events of the FIA GT Championship
and LMES loom ever closer, here’s a round-up of the latest
driver news in Europe.
Goossens seems to be very close to a deal to race a Courage
C60 H at Le Mans.
Vosse, already racing the Kuismanen Viper this weekend,
will drive a Belmondo Courage C65 in the LMES, partnering Karim
Ojjeh and Claude-Yves Gosselin. He will
also compete in the second half of the FIA GT Championship, from
Spa onwards. He will partner Gardel, Lamy and Mollekens
in a Larbre Ferrari 550 in the Spa 24 Hours (the second Larbre entry
will be driven by Calderari, Bryner and Bouvy)
and after Spa, Vosse will replace Lilian Bryner in the other Larbre
Ugeux, the former Vertigo driver, will race a Villorbacorse
Lucchini in the LMES.
The PSI Porsche
911 GT3-RSR is uncertain for this season’s LMES, remarks Markus
JMB Racing has
confirmed two Maserati MC 12s in the FIA GT Championship, in partnership
with Pirelli and Red Bull. Andrea Bertolini, Karl Wendlinger
and Philipp Peter will definitely race the MC12s,
the fourth driver to be announced shortly. The team is testing somewhere
in Italy on March 30-31, ahead of the opening round of the FIA GT
JMB will also
be entering a Ferrari 575 in the LMES, and will enter three cars
in the Italian GT Championship - a Ferrari 575 GTC to be driven
by Lorenzo Case (a five time winner in 2004) and
TBA, a Ferrari 360 for Maurizio Mediani
and Dino D’Ambrosio and a second 360 for
Albert von Thrn und Taxis and Stephen Earle.
Ruberti has signed to drive one of the GNM Saleens at Spa
next month in the LMES event. He is already confirmed with the team
for the FIA GT Championship.
will drive with Nigel Smith / TBA. “It is
likely that Gian Maria Gabbiani will drive either in this car or
the second car with Rick Sutherland,” says Graham Nash. “I
am looking for a quick good driver with budget to share what will
be a front running GT1 car with two very accomplished drivers as
to Silverstone’s LMES race in August, Peter Kox
will replace Tomas Enge in the MenX Ferrari 550
– partnering Robert Pergl. Kox will gain
his first experience with the team at Paul Ricard on April 1-2.
The GNM Saleens will be there too – as will a host of European
GT and prototype teams. We’re expecting a fabulous entry (details
to come) and dsc will cover both days of the Ricard test, with an
in-depth look at a number of significant teams.
Joost Custers, Jan Baranovic, David Legangneux, Gabriele Tosi