International GT Open Prospects
This series was going to be called the European Open, but Jesus Pareja’s GT Sport Organisation was persuaded to switch to the International GT Open name.

The first official test is schedule for March 21-22 at Monza: here Sergio Fonseca looks ahead to the likely runners in the series’ first season.

GTA
The SEAT Cupra GT ‘army’ is going to comprise Darro Motorsport, Lois Racing and SUN-Red. Saturn Motorsport was linked to a new Mosler MT900R but Víctor Fernández and Lluís Llobet will share their old SEAT Toledo V6, now homologated for GTA class. The Granollers-based team is going to race in the Spanish GT Championship too.

On the Mosler side, José Manuel Pérez-Aicart and Lucas Guerrero will line up in GTA Motor Competicion’s MT900-R. Antonio Cutillas and Ricardo Garcia Galliano are going to drive the brand new Meycom Sport Mosler, while the third MT900-R entered is for Motor Competicion boys Luis Villalba and Francesc Gutierrez.

The European teams are struggling to get hold of their brand new Ferrari 430 GTCs, but there are few teams committed to the new championship with the Cavallino Rampante: Playteam SRL, GPC Squadra Corse, ASM Team Racing for Portugal, Escuderia Motor Terrasa and RCA Ferrari España (two cars). Italian outfit Mastercar will race a Ferrari 360 Modena, for Luiz Monzon and Maximo Monti.

Among the Porsches, the Mello Breyner brothers are going to keep their sponsors and seats with Meycom Sport. ASM Team Racing for Portugal could appear in selected rounds with Miguel Pais do Amaral and Pedro Couceiro. Miguel Angél de Castro and Angel Burgueño are looking seriously at racing the ASM Team Lola B05/40 in LMP2 in the LMS but they are focused on the International GT Open in the DriveX School Porsche. Lozano, Nöel Del Bello Racing, Orlando and Chrzanowski Racing are expected to join the championship in Porsches too.

British manufacturer Marcos should be represented by the two LM600s of Marcos Racing International (they’re going to test next Friday at Estoril with Cor Euser and Miguel Cristovão) and Meycom Sport.

GTB
Of course there are the expected high numbers of Ferrari 430 Challenge, Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge and Porsche 911 Cup cars lining up.

Among the 430 Challenge entries are listed ASM Team Racing for Portugal, Roger Marketing Racing, Automovil Club Andorra, Meycom Sport and Daniel Perez. RCA and Scuderia Giudici are opting for the 360 Modena Challenge.

Antonio Castro's Ayrton Intermotor, Jacque Medard and ASM Team Racing for Portugal are the teams interested to race the German model.

It is rumoured that BMS Scuderia Italia is considering running an Aston Martín DBRS9 for Italian GT champion Matteo Malucelli.

 

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