Gollin / Cappellari For Brazilian Race
The 33rd edition of the Brazilian Mil Milhas event at Interlagos
(Municipal Automobile race track Jose Carlos Pace) on January 25
next year already has an entry of 34 cars lined up – including
FIA GT Champions Fabrizio Gollin (winner in Brazil last year, with
Zonca and Lancellotti) and Luca Cappellari, partnering Gabriele
Matteuzzi and Piergiuseppe Perazzini this time.
So it’s back to
a Viper for the 2004 FIA GT Champions.
is Luca’s nickname, and it was he who ‘discovered’
Fabrizio Gollin – who had spent five years in F3000, but with
few real results, and “lots of cars shortened and destroyed
here and there”.
The 41 year old Cappellari
has spent most of his racing career doing…motocross, but he
fell in love with racing cars at 34.
Working with his older
partner, Gollin began to focus on eliminating mistakes – but
lost none of his natural speed. They soon became a formidable pair,
with “Cappella” learning the intricacies of set-up from
Gollin, and finding more speed too.
At the Imola
race this year, Fabrizio was speaking of his American holiday, with
Luca Cappellari and Lilian Bryner: Fabrizio’s English is not
very good. He was trying to understand the meaning of the word “gonna”
– but after some time, he still didn’t get it. Luca
Cappellari, who speaks and understands English very well, said,
“Hey Fabry why don’t you say to an American woman, we’re
gonna make sex…” Now he understood the meaning of “gonna”.
a very funny pair – but very capable too, taking on a number
of ‘two professional’ partnerships in FIA GTs, on the
way to winning the Championship. But for how long can they continue
to take on ex-F1 drivers, and equally talented GT drivers?