GT Open Valencia - A Bumper 51 Car Grid
The International GT Open Championship continues this weekend on the World Touring Car Championship support package at Valencia, the first visit of the new for 2006 series to its home market in Spain.

And it seems it has proved to be a big hit with competitors with an impressive 51 cars on the entry list, helped in no small part by the addition once again of the Spanish GT Championship runners for whom the Valencia race is a points scoring race too.

The bumper field will require a rolling start after a split qualifying session which will today see the GTA class runners in a separate session from the GTB, GTS and GTC runners.

A delighted Jesus Pareja, boss of race organizers GT Sport is clearly looking forward to showing off the delights of GT racing to the Valencia crowd.

“The Valencia circuit is homologated to take such a big number of participants and I am sure we are going to live very interesting races, in the traditional warm, sunny and friendly atmosphere that Valencia always provide”

And what an entry! GTA sees a 29 car field with no fewer than 9 Ferrari 430 GT2s and 5 Porsche 911 RSRs joined by a quartet of Mosler MT900Rs. SEAT, and Marcos entries provide some extra variety with 6 Ferrari 360 GTCs and a solo Porsche 911 GT3RS completing what must be the largest GT2 entry this year anywhere.

GTS sees a pair of the Racing Box Viper Competition Coupes racing ahead of the planned run for the team’s GTA spec Viper in the final round of the Spanish Championship.

GTB meanwhile is dominated (numerically at least) by Ferraris: 10 x 360 Challenges are joined by 4 x 430 Challeges with a quartet of Porsche 996 GT3 Cups and a Marcos Mantis completing the class

Finally there is a Porsche vs Mantis battle in the 2 car GTC class.

On the driver front, with the completion of the Le Mans Series season Warren Hughes joins in the fun in the #3 Drivex Porsche whilst the team’s other Porsche, the #50 911 RSR, his ASM Racing for Portugal Le Mans team mates, Miguel Amaral and Miguel Angel de Castro will do battle. Johnny Mowlem meanwhile is back in his regular ride in the series, the #17 Autorlando Porsche. Perhaps oddly the ASM team themselves join in for the first time with a two car entry but not fielding their usual Le Mans Series drivers.

In title terms, Valencia marks a crunch point. Thanks to their two wins in Turkey, Lucas Guerrero and José Manuel Pérez-Aicart, the Escudería Bengala’s pair, are now leading the overall standings, with 126 points.

They will race in front of their home town crowd in Valencia, but their Mosler MT900 will of course have to race with almost a maximum success time handicap (the GT Open formula is based on longer pitstops for the more successful teams.

Paolo Ruberti is second in the standings with 111 points and will again share the black Ferrari 430 of Edil Cris Racing with Raffaele Gianmaria, while third-placed (104 p.) Playteam SaraFree Ferrari 430 also has its say in the battle for the championship, in the hands of Michele Bartyan and a driver still to be nominated (in replacement of regular Alessandro Pier Guidi, who is racing this weekend for Italy in the Brno round of the A-1 single-seater series).

Entry List
2 Esc. Bengala E Lucas Guerrero E José M. Pérez Aicart E Mosler MT900R GTA G
3 Drivex E Warren Hughes GB Antonio Cano E Porsche GT3 RS GTA
4 GPC Sport IT Andrea Montermini IT Marco Lambertini IT Ferrari 430 GT2 GTA
5 RSV Motorsport E Peter Sundberg SE Domingo Romero E Ferrari 430 GT2 GTA
6 RSV Motorsport E Michel Ligonnet FR Ronald Severin D Ferrari 430 GT2 GTA
7 Motor Competición E Luis Villalba E Franscesc Gutiérrez E Mosler MT900R GTA
8 Estudio 2000 sa E Manuel Sáez Merino E Bernard Jourdain MX Porsche GT3 RSR GTA
9 Victor Fdez. Roca E Victor Fernandez E Luis Llobet E Seat Toledo GT GTA
10 Sun RED E Jose Manuel Valero E Jorge Martinez E Seat Cupra GT GTA
11 Sun RED E Gines Vivancos E Joan Vinyes E Seat Cupra GT GTA
14 Automobil Club D´Andorra AND Manuel Cerqueda AND Luis Perez Sala E Ferrari 430 GT2 GTA
15 V - Line E Josep Mayola E Marc Carol E Mosler MT900R GTA
16 Esc. MC Motorsport E Antonio Cutillas E Ricardo Gª Galiano E Mosler MT900R GTA
17 Autorlando Sport IT Gianluca Roda IT Johnny Mowlem GB Porsche GT3 RSR GTA
18 Noel del Bello Racing FR Patrick Caternet FR Claude Caternet FR Porsche GT3 RSR GTA
20 Edil Cris Racing Team IT Matteo Malucelli IT Matteo Cressoni IT Ferrari 360 Modena GTC GTA
27 Racing Box IT Stefano Zonca IT Andrea Belicchi IT Dodge Viper Coupe GT3 GTS
29 Racing Box IT Piergiuseppe Perazzini IT Marco Cioci IT Dodge Viper Coupe GT3 GTS
30 ASM Racing for Portugal PT Fernando Espiritu Santo PT Ricardo Bravo PT Ferrari 430 GT2 GTA
31 Jacques Medard FR Jean Pierre Pla FR Jacques Medard FR Porsche 996 GT3 Cup GTB
33 Gianni Giudici IT Gianni Giudici IT TBN Ferrari 360 Challenge GTB
34 Playteam srl IT Manuel Giao PT Ni Amorin PT Ferrari 360 Modena GTC GTA
35 Beppe Arlotti IT Beppe Arlotti IT Fabrizio Gini IT Ferrari 360 Challenge GTB
36 Playteam srl IT Michele Bartyan IT TBN Ferrari 430 GT2 GTA
37 Playteam srl IT Gianluca Tedoldi IT Michele Maceratesi IT Ferrari 360 Modena GTC GTA
38 Marcos Racing NL Pedro Nevoa PT Fred Van Putten NL Marcos Mantis GTB
41 Esc. Roger Racing E Joao Terenas PT Carlos Peres PT Ferrari 430 Challenge GTB
42 Fernando Glez-Camino E Francesc Robert AND J. Ignacio Villacieros E Ferrari 430 Challenge GTB
43 Esc. Roger Racing E Henk Van Zoest NL Ángel Santos E Ferrari 430 Challenge GTB
45 Esc. MC Motorsport E Antonio Torres E Jaime Sainz de Baranda E Ferrari 360 Challenge GTB
46 Cesar Rodrigo Perez E Daniel Rodrigo E Casar Rodrigo E Ferrari 430 Challenge GTB
47 ASM Racing for Portugal PT Renato del Noce IT Francisco Alburquerque PT Porsche 996 GT3 Cup GTB
49 Lario Racing Club E Angelo Ciacci IT Joan Lario E Ferrari 360 Challenge GTB
50 Drivex E Miguel Amaral PT Miguel A. de Castro E Porsche GT3 RSR GTA
51 Team Galp CTT Express PT Manuel Mello Breyner PT Pedro Mello Breyner PT Porsche GT3 RSR GTA
52 Esc. Roger Racing E Santiago Puig E Javier Diaz E Ferrari 430 GT2 GTA
53 GPC Sport IT Sergio Hernandez E Pedro Bastos PT Ferrari 360 Modena GTC GTA
54 Antonio Nogueira PT Antonio Nogueira PT Antonio Coimbra PT Marcos LM 600 GTA
55 Edil Cris Racing Team IT Paolo Ruberti IT Raffaele Giammaria IT Ferrari 430 GT2 GTA
56 JMB Racing MC Joe Macari GB Ben Aucott GB Ferrari 360 Modena GTC GTA
57 Mastercar IT Luis Monzon E Massimo Monti IT Ferrari 360 Modena GTA
58 Victory Engineering SpA IT Damien Pasini FR Maurizio Mediani IT Ferrari 430 GT2 GTA
59 Jorge A. Henriquez E Jorge A. Henriquez E Moises Ruiz E Ferrari 360 Challenge GTB
60 Cetea E Juan Carlos Lloveras E Felipe Izquierdo E Ferrari 360 Challenge GTB
61 Santiago Garcia Gª E Santiago Garcia Gª E Antonio Castro E Porsche 996 GT3 Cup GTB
62 Sande e Castro Sport PT Jose Vaz Guedes PT Francisco Cruz PT Porsche 996 GT3 Cup GTB
63 Club Motor Circuito de Jerez E Jose Mª Romero E Antonio Romero E Ferrari 360 Challenge GTB
64 Club Jarama RACE E Angel Banus E Giorgio Vergara E Ferrari 360 Challenge GTB
65 Mastercar IT Oscar Sanchez E Galio Rosa IT Ferrari 360 Challenge GTB
66 Eficar Team E Stig Näs S Francisco Gil E Porsche GT3 GTC
67 Marcos Racing NL Luis Bermudez de Castro E Sandra v/d Sloop NL Marcos Mantis GTC


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