Spanish GT Preview – Jarama
The Spanish GT championship is back in action at the famous Jarama track this weekend, for the second pair of races of the 2004 season.

dailysportscar.comAlthough the ASM Porsche team is leading the championship, the Meycom Marcos and Balfe Motorsport Mosler were the winners of the first two races of the season. They will go to Jarama as possible favourites to win again, although the Cor Euser Marcos and the Mello-Breyners’ Porsche are good bets for a result, as are the SEATs. This is the Lois Racing Cupra GT (right)

Pedro and Manuel Mello-Breyner were interested in returning to Le Mans this year, but they delayed their project until 2005: they are considering an LMP effort.

Shaun Balfe is loving racing in Spain. “We definitely had some luck in Albacete,” he said, “but, you need that in racing, especially endurance and GT racing. We are aiming to be consistent throughout the weekend and hopefully that will allow us to pick up a good points haul.”

Balfe has an unusual record, winning at the opening round of every championship he has contested for the last four seasons. The last three were all at Donington Park, but he had to travel all the way to Spain to continue the run.

Saturn Motorsport will return with the Corvette C5, the car that is also running in the Italian GT Championship. Team Elias is going to enter the second SEAT Toledo GT this week, while it’s good news from the Yellow Racing Team: Clay Regazzoni's team will enter a second Ferrari in the championship. Ferrari will be represented by one more car, the Darro Motor Sport 360 Modena GT. It has been repaired after the Valencia FIA-GT round, when it suffered with a misfire misfire.

In the GTB Trophy, the fight between the Spanish Ferraris and the ‘international’ Porsches has started. The Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge cars will have a territorial advantage. Manel Cerqueda and the ex-Formula 1 driver, Luis Pérez Sala, will continue to defend their 2003 championship but after Albacete the favourite is Vicente Saez Merino. Two new additions to the category: JVG Racing will enter a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup for a Portuguese line-up and Jacques Menard will bring an FFSA GT Championship car to Spain.

In the GTC class, Miguel Iacovacci won the two races at Albacete and he's a clear favourite for the Madrid weekend. However, the GTC class will receive a new car Angel Banús' Audi TT.
Sergio Fonseca

ENTRY LIST
GTA

1- DARRO MOTOR RACING - G.Vivancos / J.Gene - SEAT TOLEDO GT
3- JESUS DIAZ VILLARROEL - J.D.Villarroel / V.Fernandez - PORSCHE 911 GT2
4- GALP ENERGY POSTLOG - M. Mello Breyner / P. Mello Breyner - PORSCHE 911 GT2
5- MEYCOM SPORT - Miguel De Castro / A.Burgueño - MARCOS LM 600
6- MOTOR COMPETICION - L.Villalba / F.Gutierrez - PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS
7- SATURN MOTORSPORT - L.Llobet / V.Fernandez - CHEVROLET CORVETTE C5
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.Névoa / TBA - FERRARI 360 MODENA N-GT
15- TEAM ELIAS - L.Maurel / L.Reyes - SEAT TOLEDO GT
16- DARRO MOTOR RACING - L.Monzon / P.Villamil - FERRARI 360 MODENA N-GT
17- NOEL DEL BELLO - J-M.Laribiere / TBA - PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS
18- YELLOW RACING TEAM - De Luigi / F.Venier - FERRARI 360 MODENA N-GT

GTB
21- AUTOMOVIL CLUB DE ANDORRA - M.Cerqueda / L.P.Sala - FERRARI 360 MODENA
CHALLENGE
22- SERGIO BORRELL - S.Puig / J.Vinyes - FERRARI 360 MODENA CHALLENGE
23- COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA - V.Saenz Merino / TBA - FERRARI 360 MODENA
CHALLENGE
24- CLUB MOTOR JEREZ - S.Watson / S.Mollinedo - FERRARI 360 MODENA CHALLENGE
25- MARCOS RACING INT - Saez Merino / C.Bastos - MARCOS MANTIS
27- ANTONIO CUTILLAS - A.Cutillas / R.Galiano - FERRARI 360 MODENA CHALLENGE
28- ASM TEAM - P.Bastos / A.Paes - PORSCHE 996 GT3 CUP
29- ASM TEAM - J.Terenas / C.Peres - PORSCHE 996 GT3 CUP
30- JACQUES MEDARD - J-P.Pla / Jacques Medard - PORSCHE 996 GT3 CUP
31- JVG RACING - F.Gallego / P.Villar - PORSCHE 996 GT3 CUP

GTC
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.
41- CLUB JARAMA RACE - Angel Banus / TBA - AUDI TT.

 

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