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