Spanish GT Preview - Jerez (October 9-10)
After a troubled weekend at Valencia (torrential rain on Saturday),
the classification of "el Campeonato de España de GT"
has new leaders, Shaun Balfe and Nigel Taylor, in the Balfe Motorsport
Mosler – writes Sergio Fonseca.
British pair ‘stole’ first position from Miguel Ángel
de Castro and Ángel Burgueño (Marcos LM 600) at Valencia,
and the Meycom boys want to be back in the lead after the two races
at Jerez de la Frontera, to set up a great party at their home race
at Barcelona (November 14), to finish the season.
Last year, Darro Motor
Sport’s SEAT Toledo GT won the second leg at Jerez, and this
weekend Gines Vivancos and Jordi Gene want to repeat their victory,
but now with the new SEAT Cupra GT. Good results are extremely important
to the SEAT Sport GT project. In Lois Racing’s Cupra GT, Lucas
Guerrero will replace Moto GP owner Jorge Martínez Aspar.
Business issues for the latter will allow the SEAT León driver
to make his debut in the GT series.
At the moment, we don't
know if the Marcos International LM 600 entry will be running this
weekend. At the last Belcar meeting, Cor Euser lost a wheel and
went off very heavily at Eau Rouge, destroying that chassis.
At least we know that
Jesus Diaz Villaroel will be back in the championship. The ICER
brakes sponsored driver failed with his LMES Courage project, but
he is going to debut a new car in series: a Porsche 911 GT3-RSR
bought from Freisinger Motorsport.
The big news on the grid
will be the Alessandro Nannini's Maserati Trofeo, entered in the
GTB class. This will mark the debut of the Trofeo in the Spanish
GTB class. The organisers are hoping for a significant challenge
to the Ferrari 360s. Following the last event, the Ferrari teams
will have to ‘take care of’ the Porsche 996 Cup Class
teams, but the 360s are the natural favourites and Luis Pérez
Sala and Manel Cerqueda Ferrari could conquer the class.
1º. Nigel Taylor, Shaun Balfe, 164 Points.
3º. Ángel Burgueño, Miguel A. De Castro, 151.
5º. Ginés Vivancos, Jordi Gené, 107.
7º. Pedro Couceiro, Miguel Pais do Amaral, 107.
9º. Luis Pérez Sala, Manel Cerqueda, 105.