Italian News Summary
Gabriele Tosi has been pouring over the excellent SportAuto&Moto,
and provides the following digest of that publication’s news
The Italian GT races at Salzburgring (July 17-18) may not take place:
the circuit is subject to an inspection soon, and if necessary the
events will be moved to Ledenon, in France.
Team managers are pushing
to allow a splash of fuel for the Italian GT cars at circuits such
as Monza, Mugello and Enna, where it’s difficult to get them
through the one hour races without saving fuel at some stage during
From the Salzburgring (or Ledenon) rounds onwards, JMB will enter
a Ferrari 575 for Andrea Garbagnati and either Walter Lechner or
The DR Sport
team is apparently exploring the possibility of entering Aston Martins
next year, in both the Italian and FIA GT Championships. SportAuto&Moto
also suggests that BMS Scuderia Italia is considering the new Aston
Martin, perhaps as a Ferrari 550 replacement. The phrase used is
that the 550 is “near the limit of its development life.”
Tristan Gommendy will drive the Larbre 550 Maranello at the second
round of the LMES, replacing Steve Zacchia.
After the Autorlando
Porsche’s big shunt at Monza, the team will continue in the
LMES with the car to be driven by Tenchini, Groppi and Camathias.
Ettore Bonaldi will race
with the gentlemen drivers Morini and Strada in their Viper, in
the next round of the LMES.
A new team called the Italia Racing Team, which has close links
to the Ferrari factory, is already planning its 2005 season, with
a 550 Maranello and probably a 575 - or perhaps a Maserati MC12.
After its Ricard test
this week, the MC12 will be running at Monza, from June 8 to 10.
As we reported back in November, Spyker is planning to build an
LM GTP car for the 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans, with a Judd 5.0 engine.
The C8 is expected to be entered for this year’s Spa 24 Hours.