The Ford GT lands up in the FIA-GT3 championship !
This time the information is official; the Ford GT, worthy successor of the mythical GT40, will as from 2007 appear in GT3 version. And on top of that it will be competing in the European FIA-GT3 championship, all thanks to the initiative of an initial team entering 3 cars…
This impressive and somewhat emotional project is all down to Martin Bartek, owner of the Matech Concepts Company, located in Switzerland. And to see the project through to a successful completion the Swiss team, to be christened Matech Racing, have called on Christian Schumacher, well known at an international level as a Porsche tuning expert (amongst which the fiery GT2-R), apart from the numerous international and national participations throughout Europe.
This Belgian, whose workshops are now based in the Nürburgring region, has taken on the job of preparing the Ford GTs as also their homologation with the FIA. And as full proof of this project’s quality, Andreas Hainke, who last season was working for Race Alliance in the FIA-GT championship, has now also joined the technical team. Together with his staff he will be heading up the management and organisation of Matech Racing for the various FIA-GT3 championship events. Here we undoubtedly have a well structured team that will be going places….
"Technically, in its original state the car is rather extraordinary ", an enthused Christian Schumacher remarks."Nevertheless to make this into a racing beast there is a fair amount of work involved, and especially since we are starting out with a road going version. In fact the Racing adaptation promises to be a real jewel, simple and yet sophisticated. I’m already convinced that this Ford GT will be highly competitive…"
Original feature of this Ford GT in the FIA-GT3 class is the fact that no less than 4 cars had already been sold, even prior to the homologation being actual and the development programme put into motion. This GT can undoubtedly count on important seductive powers; all the owners being convinced that this GT3 version will in the short term retain ‘collectors’ value.
Even though Ford is not officially involved in the GT3 adventure, which remains a 100% private operation, Christian Schumacher and the entire Matech Racing team will nevertheless try to receive some assistance from Ford Motorsport Europe in the field of the car’s homologation. In the meanwhile work has started on the four chassis, and very shortly a prototype will take to the track for an initial evaluation of this Ford GT.
As for Stéphane Ratel, who presides over SRO, he is obviously delighted by the appearance of the Ford GT. He seems pretty convinced that a second team of 3 cars will shortly be strengthening the ranks of the European competition. "It is what I would call a new cult model, and in addition a new make showing an interest for the GT3 regulations", Ratel commented.
"That Ford is really close to my heart. I look back on my first motorsport emotions, when at the age of 6 or 7 I used to dream whilst looking at the pictures of those GT40s at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This Ford GT is going to stir quite a few people. As an example I have been trying since last year to convince a friend of mine to drive in GT3. But he wasn’t that keen…Since then he’s heard about this Ford GT, and he jumped in at the deep end and bought one!"
Thanks to Matech Racing, Ford becomes the 8th manufacturer interested in the GT3 class. A new arrival that undoubtedly will pleasantly excite quite a number of aficionados and bring back nostalgic memories, all only too keen to be interested in this great series…
Pos Car Class Car Thursday Friday Fastest
23 Aston Martin Racing BMSGT1 Aston Martin DBR9 1:46.622 1:45.504 1:45.504
33 Race Alliance GT1 Aston Martin DBR9 1:47.292 1:46.420 1:46.420
3 Phoenix GT1 Aston Martin DBR9 1:46.837 1:46.837
8 All-Inkl.com Racing GT1 Lamborghini Murciélago 1:47.802 1:47.802
The 2007 season of the FIA GT Championship got underway in Monza, with a press conference and test session around the powerful circuit.
Three sessions took place on track for the GT1 and GT2 cars, with a total of 20 cars taking to the track. The best time of the day was set by the nr 23 Aston Martin Racing BMS weiter >>
2007 FIA GT Championhsip
3 Phoenix Racing GER Giorgio Mondini Emmanuel Collard FRA Matteo Malucelli ITA Aston Martin DBR9 GT1
7 All-Inkl.com Reiter Lamborghini GER Christophe Bouchut FRA Stefan Mücke GER Marc Basseng GER Lamborghini Murciélago GT1
8 All-Inkl.com Reiter Lamborghini GE weiter >>
New team Spectrum Motorsport, led by Dana Brewer, is planning to enter two Saleen cars in the 2007 season of the FIA GT Championship. One car will be entered in the full season, and will be driven by two as-yet-unnamed American drivers, while the second car, to run in the Citation Cup, will weiter >>
The Spanish RSV Motorsport team makes sure its attendance to the new season of the International GT Open and de National GT Championship, and it takes responsibility of carrying out with the scheduled sportive programme for this year 2006. They are also going to take part in the prominent 24 Hours Spa in t weiter >>
ASL Team Mücke – Motorsports in FIA GT Championship
A new challenge is waiting for Stefan Mücke. From 2002 till 2006 the Berlin racer drove a Mercedes-Benz at the German Touringcar Challenge (DTM). For the coming season 2007 he will race in the FIA GT Championship for the ALL-INKL.COM weiter >>
Teams and drivers contacting the SRO London offices might have noticed that there’s a new face in the Team Relations department. Meet Paolo Callea, who has joined SRO to work on the FIA GT team relations.
Paolo has been actively involved in Motorsport since an early age. He had previous experience directly in karting, before moving to cars with Volvo and BMW. After he gra weiter >>
The 2006 edition of the FIA GT Championship book
- which also includes photos and reports on the inaugural season of the FIA GT3 European Championship
- is now available from Belgian publishers Apach.
The book, which is 144 pages long, has over 200 colour photos, and costs 42 euros.
For more information, or to pla weiter >>
Up until recently, the only way to get on-board camera images from a racing car or motorcycle was to transmit the images to the TV Compound via a helicopter hovering above the race circuit. However, following the introduction of digital microwave links around five years ago, Gigawave engineers set out to exploit the benefits offered by digital technology and eliminate the need fo weiter >>
French team First Racing is planning to run a team of Lamborghini Gallardo cars in the FIA GT3 European Championship this season. The First Racing workshops, in Magny-Cours, will take delivery of the three cars in mid-February. Fabien Giroix and Hans Reiter once worked together in the context of the DTM, resulting in this latest collaboration.
The Lamborghini Gallardo rac weiter >>
Aston Martin Racing BMS and Pirelli undertook two days of testing at the Paul Ricard HTTT circuit on February 9th and 10th. Fabio Babini and Jamie Davies, who have been confirmed as the drivers of the nr 23 car for 2007, completed extensive testing of the Pirelli tyres, and worked on further development. The cars were also driven by
two young single-seater drivers, Alessa weiter >>
Monaco-based team JMB Racing has announced its racing plans for 2007. This includes entering two Maserati MC12 cars in the GT1 category of the 207 FIA GT Championship. The team will also enter three Ferrari 430 GT3 cars in the FIA GT3 European Championship, and will run two Maserati Trofeo cars in the GT4 European Cup.
JMB last ran Maserati MC 12 cars in the 2005 season, weiter >>
Bert Longin, driver with the GLPK Corvette for the last two years and threetimes race winner, has signed a two-year contract with his sponsors, Johnson Controls.
"I am really pleased with this," Belgian driver Bert said. "I think this is recognition of what I achieved last season. For me, it is a sign that I am doing my job. I have never had a two-year contract before; no weiter >>
The 2006 British and FIA GT3 European Champions, Leo Machitski and Sean Edwards respectively, have come together for 2007 to take the next step in GT racing, when they will race the Tech9 Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3-RSR.
The team undertook a shakedown onm February 7th at Brands Hatch. "The target was simply to put 200 km on the car and bed everything in," commented team ow weiter >>
The full range of Aston Martin racing cars have been testing at the Paul Ricard HTTT circuit.
As well as the Aston Martin DBR9, which runs in the FIA GT Championship, the test included the DBRS9, a race-winner in the FIA GT3 European Championship last year, and the N24, which is one of the potential cars for the new GT4 European Championship.
BMS Scu weiter >>
After three intense days of testing in Adria on February 6th, 7th and 8th, Scuderia Playteam-Sarafree has announced the names of the drivers for their two Maserati MC 12 cars for the 2007 FIA GT Championship.
One car will be in the hands of 2006 Champion Andrea Bertolini and 2006 runner-up Andrea Piccini. The other car will be driven by Giambattista Giannoccaro and Alessa weiter >>
For 2007, RS Line and Reiter Engineering will be coming together under the banner All Inkl.com Racing to run two Lamborghini Murciélago cars in the FIA GT Championship, under the lead of All-Inkl.com’s René Munnich.
One car will be led by 2006 All Inkl.com driver, and triple FIA GT Champion, Christophe Bouchut. His team-mate is yet to be announced. "I am very happy to wor weiter >>
The 2007 season of the FIA GT and FIA GT3 European Championships will get underway on February 22nd at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, in Italy, with a two-day FIA-sanctioned official test session, including a media day and press conference on the first day.
Teams due to attend the test days include All-Inkl.com with the Lamborghini Murciélago cars, Race Alliance and As weiter >>
FIA GT Championship Neue Herausforderung für Stefan Mücke
Der Berliner fährt 2007 im Lamborghini Murciélago in der FIA GT Meisterschaft
Eine neue Herausforderung steht Stefan Mücke bevor: Der Berliner Rennfahrer, der von 2002 bis 2006 in den Deutschen Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) jeweils mit ei weiter >>
FIA GT CHAMPIONSHIP 2007
After making his début in the international arena in the Le Mans Series in 2006, Jos Menten moved his ambitions to a full-season entry in the FIA GT Championship. The 25-year old talented Dutchman inked a deal with All-Inkl.com Reiter Lamborghini. Together with his fellow countryman Peter Kox he will spur a Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT spec weiter >>
With the growth of the FIA GT Championship and the reduction of the race length, SRO is delighted to confirm a very significant increase of the TV coverage for the 2007 season.
This includes a deal with DSF in Germany to show all the events either live or same-day delayed. DSF is Germany’s leading sports network, present in over 90% of German homes.
In Belgium, an weiter >>
For 2007, SRO will take a step towards re-establishing the balance between professionals and non-professionals with the formation of the Citation GT1 Cup. Running within the GT1 category of the 2007 FIA GT Championship, the Citation GT1 Cup will involve a separate classification and podium for the eligible cars. It will be open to non-professional drivers, using the same criteria weiter >>
2007 SRO Motorsport Group extends its activities for 2007
The SRO Motorsports Group will be extending its activities in 2007, with the creation of four new series as well as taking over the running of a fifth. This expansion will involve setting up three new offices, as well as those established in London and Paris.
SRO Motorsports Gro weiter >>
Championnat d'Europe GT3 de la FIA(5 épreuves / events)
06/05 GB Silverstone Silverstone International
20/05 RO Bucharest Ring Bucharest Ring
24/06 I Monza Monza
23/09 CZ Brno Brno
04/11 UAE Dubai Dubai International Circuit
- FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE L'AUTOMOBILE - FIA - weiter >>
FIA GT Championship – Dubai Motorcity GT 500
Encouraged by the good results in the past couple of months, Jos Menten went to the United Arab Emirates for the closing of the FIA GT Championship season. Especially for his Middle Eastern adventure, Menten switched to the Zakspeed Racing Team, wh weiter >>
The prize-giving and end of season party for the 2006 season of the FIA GT Championship was held in Dubai on Saturday evening, in a glittering party co-hosted by the Dubai Autodrome and SRO, promoters of the Championship.
The 2006 Champions received their trophies, including the top three in the Manufacturers Cup in both categories, the top three in the Teams Championshi weiter >>
Dubai, which so nearly saw the first non-manufacturer win for the Aston Martin DBR9 last year, proved to be good for the Aston cars this weekend, with not only victory for Phoenix, but the three other cars finishing in fourth to sixth positions.
Fourth place went to the Aston Martin Racing BMS DBR9, aft weiter >>
The GT2 victory went to Mullen and Niarchos, in the nr 63 Ferrari 430 GT2 of Scuderia Ecosse. The new British GT Champions put in an excellent performance, and have really dominated the category all weekend. However, the ten points were not enough to promote Mullen to third in the Classification, as he wa weiter >>
The Larbre Ferrari 550 Maranello, running in G2 and which set the best time in qualifying, was awarded 10 kg penalty weight by the GT Bureau, and also placed behind the GT1 cars on the grid.
However, it drove a good race and finished 7th overall for Gardel, Zacchia and Makowiecki, who were pleased with the performance shown by the car, with its customer engine designed b weiter >>
The Warm-up session was largely uneventful, with Deletraz being fastest at the start, followed by Peter, Ramos and Gardel.
Nine minutes in, Malucelli set the fastest time in the session so far of 1:56.798.
Kumpen sped up the field, getting second, then two minutes before t weiter >>
Times generally come down over the weekend in Dubai, as the grip increases and the track gets steadily cleaner. The best time in the first free practice session was a lap of 1:58.104 from Andrea Piccini in the nr 5 Phoenix Racing Aston Martin DBR9, set right at the end of the session.
He was sixth tenths ahead of the nr 33 Race Alliance car, shared by Philipp Peter, Karl weiter >>
FIA GT Meisterschaft 2006
10. Lauf / Finale MotorCity GT 500 Race am 17./18.11. 2006
Ob Formel1 oder DTM – alle großen Automobilmeisterschaften haben ihre diesjährige Saison bereits beendet. Die international renommierte FIA GT Meisterschaft für GT- und Sportwagen trägt ihr diesjähriges Saiso weiter >>
A Vitaphone one-two at the Italian circuit of Adria pleased the whole team today : Davies and Biagi took a fine win in their nr 2 Maserati MC 12, their second of the year, while Michael Bartels and Andrea Bertolini, with second place, claimed the 2006 GT1 Drivers title.
Among their title-rivals, weiter >>
The morning warm-up in Adria saw the two Vitaphone Maserati MC 12 cars lead the GT1 category, with the nr 1 car setting a best time of 1:12.364. The nr 9 Zakspeed Saleen, which will start from pole position, was third-fastest, ahead of the nr 23 Aston Martin Racing BMS DBR9 of Pescatori and Babini.
14. / 15. Oktober 2006
In den ersten Trainingssitzungen am heutigen Vormittag hielt sich die Zakspeed-Mannschaft noch zurück. Verschiedene Reifen, Bremsen- und Fahrwerkstests standen im Mittelpunkt der 60minütigen Testarbeit.
In der zweiten Trainingseinheit am Nachmittag demonstriert weiter >>
For the first time, the All-Inkl.com Racing Lamborghini Murciélago has led a session in the FIA GT Championship. The car, which has been improving steadily over the season, has moved over to Michelin tyres for this race - and immediately leapt to the top of the time sheets. Christophe Bouchut, sharing the car with Peter Kox once again, set a time of 1:12.410 to lead an extremely weiter >>
1 Vitaphone Racing Team GER Michael Bartels GER Andrea Bertolini ITA Maserati MC 12 GT1 GT1
2 Vitaphone Racing Team GER Jamie Davies GBR Thomas Biagi ITA Maserati MC 12 GT1 GT1
4 GLPK-Carsport BEL Bert Longin BEL Anthony Kumpen BEL Mike Hezemans NED Corvette C6R GT1
5 Phoenix Racing GER Jean-Denis Deletraz SUI Andrea Piccini ITA Aston Martin DBR9 GT1
On Friday October 13th, the 2002 cycling World Champion, Mario Cipollini, and the 2004 FIA GT Champion, Fabrizio Gollin, will be taking part in an unusual event. From 9 to 12am the two sport professional men will test themselves in a fun "job roles exchange". The driver, who won the FIA GT Wor weiter >>