Spanish GT Preview - Albacete
The sixth edition of Spanish GT Championship starts this weekend
at Albacete – writes Sergio Fonseca. Before the night
comes at 8 pm on Saturday, thirty cars are expected for the "premiere"
- the second race is scheduled for Sunday, after lunch.
Every team has made a
huge effort during the winter and few contenders will be unprepared
for the first round. The level of competition seems to be even better
than last year.
During the "off-season",
the Spanish GT Championship saw a big ’battle’ between
the biggest Spanish teams for the acquisition of the two brand new
SEAT Cupra GT cars. Just one car will be ready for the season's
start – the Lois Racing Lozano Motorsport car, for José
Manuel Valero and Jorge Martínez Aspar (Moto GP team owner).
It might be asking too much for the 'new' SEAT to be truly competitive
first time out.
GT isn't quite ready to race so Miguel Angel de Castro and Angel
Burgueño will drive the impressive Marcos LM 600. SEAT Toledo
GTs, last year’s cars, will appear once again. Darro Motor
Sport, the champion team, will enter one car for Gines Vivancos
and Jordi Gene and have sold the other Toledo GT to Saturn Motorsport,
the team which is running a Chevrolet Corvette in the Italian GT
International announced two Marcos LM 600s, but they will just run
one car for Cor Euser and young Dutchman Danny van Dongen (above).
Shaun Balfe Motorsport (Mosler) is another team to watch out. The
British crew put on a fantastic race in the last year’s event
at Montmelo, Barcelona, and Balfe and Nigel Taylor will drive again.
The other favourites
for the victories are the Porsche 911 GT2 of the Mello- Breyner
Bros, Darro Motor Sport's Ferrari 360 Modena (the Valencia FIA-GT
car) and the ASM Team Porsche 911 GT3-RS. After the 24 hours of
Daytona, Pedro Couceiro and Miguel Pais do Amaral are more confident
than ever to win one of the two weekend races.
A French team
will debut an Opel Astra Silhouette in the series. The cars are
still being developed - by Protonic? These unusual cars will generate
a lot of interest but we'll have to wait some races before they
all reach their peak of form and speed.
GTB category will give us another good motorsport show. Manel Cerqueda
and the ex-Formula 1 driver, Luis Pérez Sala, will try to
defend their 2003 championship. It will be a fight between the Spanish
Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge and Portuguese Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
This year, the
championship promoter, Jesus Pareja, decided to recreate the old
GTC class. At Albacete we are expecting five cars, but the category
entry list will grow. Porsche Boxters from the Portuguese Siemens
Mobile Cup aren't ready yet, the little Comarth hasn't finished
its 2004 development and Ángel Banús' Audi TT isn't
confirmed for Albacete.
1- DARRO MOTOR RACING - Gines Vivancos / Jordi Gene - SEAT TOLEDO
4- TEAM GALP ENERGY / POSTLOG - M. Mello Breyner / P. Mello Breyner
5- MEYCOM SPORT - Miguel De Castro / A.Burgueño - MARCOS
6- MOTOR COMPETICION - L.Villalba / F.Gutierrez - PORSCHE 911 GT3
7- SATURN MOTORSPORT - L.Llobet / V.Fernandez - SEAT TOLEDO GT
8- ASM TEAM - M.Amaral / P.Couceiro - PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS
9- DANIEL DESBRUERES - P.Brocard / D.Desbrueres - OPEL ASTRA SILHOUETE
10- MARCOS RACING INT - C.Euser / Van Dongen - MARCOS LM 600
11- SHAUN BALFE MOTORSPORT - S.Balfe / N.Taylor - MOSLER MT900R
12- LOIS RACING - JM.Valero / J.Aspar - SEAT CUPRA GT
14- YELLOW RACING TEAM - P.Nevoa / F.Vernier - FERRARI 360 MODENA
15- DARRO MOTOR RACING - L.Monzon / TBA - FERRARI 360 MODENA N-GT
21- AUTOMOVIL CLUB DE ANDORRA - M.Cerqueda / L.P.Sala - FERRARI
22- SERGIO BORRELL - S.Puig / J.Vinyes - FERRARI 360 MODENA CHALLENGE
23- COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA - Sa / TBA - FERRARI 360 MODENA CHALLENGE
24- CLUB MOTOR JEREZ - S.Watson / S.Mollinedo - FERRARI 360 MODENA
25- MARCOS RACING INT - Saez Merino / C.Bastos - MARCOS MANTIS
27- ANTONIO CUTILLAS - A.Cutillas / R.Galiano - FERRARI 360 MODENA
28- ASM TEAM - P.Bastos / A.Paes - PORSCHE 996 GT3 CUP
29- ASM TEAM - J.Terenas / C.Peres - PORSCHE 996 GT3 CUP
36- JORGE ENRIQUEZ - J.Enriquez / De la Cuerda - VENTURI 400 TROPHY
37- RIBES - F.Robert / J.Sosa - PORSCHE 996 CUP
38- MEYCOM SPORT - J.Macias / D.Izaguirre - VENTURI 400 TROPHY
39- ESCUDERIA MIL LAGOS - A.Escamez / J.Bergel - FERRARI 355 CHALLENGE
40- CLAUDIA FERNANDEZ - M.Iacovacci / TBA - VENTURI 400 TROPHY.