Euro Round Up
Gabriele Tosi and Sergio Fonseca provide a round up of the news from Europe:

Nissan: they’re little more than hints at the moment, but the Japanese manufacturer certainly seems to be thinking about a return to Le Mans. Its current focus would appear to be on the twin turbo Nissan 350Z for the Japanese GT Championship.

Italian GT Championship: the Racing Box team will enter the Italian GT Championship with Piergiuseppe Perazzini and Gabriele Matteuzzi, but the old Viper has been sold, and the team has purchased an ex-Carsport GTS-R, one of the 2003 FIA cars.

Superstars Series: for the first meeting of this new Italian Championship (reserved for the big touring cars - M5s, RS6s, S-Type etc.) there will be 11 teams and approximately 15 cars on the grid, most of them BMW M5s, with a Jaguar S-Type and an Audi RS6. During the year the grid is expected to grow.

Another Lamborghini in FIA GT? The Molitor team seems to have purchased a Murcielago, with Karl Wendlinger rumoured to be driving. Lamborghini plans are not at all clear at the moment.

FORD GT? AutoSprint in Italy is suggesting that Oreca has approached Ford about a racing future for the GT.

Schnitzer Testing: The BMW team has rented the Monza track for three days at the end of this month, to test their V8 M3 GTRs, in readiness for the Nurburgring 24 Hours.

SEAT Cupra GT: there are many teams interested in running the new SEAT in the Spanish GT Championship, but currently there is only one chassis completed, so SEAT is converting the two Toledo GTs into Cupras… The original Cupra GT is going to SEAT Sport, to be sponsored by Repsol and it will be driven by Miguel Angel de Castro and the former single seater driver Angel Burgueno. This car is expected to be entered in the SPA 24 Hours, in the invitation class.

Darro Motor Sport will again race with SEAT support, and Gines Vivanços, the team owner, is expected to be driving the second Cupra GT, with Balba Camiño and Jordi Géne the favorites to join him. Darro Motor Sport has sold its Ferrari 360 Modena to Luís Monzón, who will enter it in the Spanish GT championship.

The third SEAT is being ‘fought for’ among Team Elias and Racing Engineering. If the latter is successful, Ni Amorim and the young ex-Formula 3 driver Lourenço Beirão da Veiga will be the drivers.


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