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.
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.
teams are struggling to get hold of their brand new Ferrari 430
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
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.
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.
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.