GT et F3 sont également à l’affiche weekend prochain à Spa Francorchamps

GT et F3 sont également à l’affiche weekend prochain à Spa Francorchamps

09.07.2012: Si les Superstars Series occuperont évidemment le haut de l’affiche durant le prochain week-end



Si les Superstars Series occuperont évidemment le haut de l’affiche durant le prochain week-end, les autres catégories figurant au programme mériteront largement le déplacement. Caractéristique commune aux onze épreuves : elles sont très courtes, ce qui assure un rythme soutenu au meeting.

 
Comme son nom l’indique clairement, le GT Sprint fait la part belle... au GT et au sprint! GT2, GT3 et GT Cup composent un plateau où la délégation Ferrari est composée de 458 Italia et de 430. C’est d’ailleurs un représentant du Cheval Cabré qui occupe la 1ère place au championnat, Andrea Palma totalisant 171 points contre 98 à Glauco Solieri son plus proche poursuivant.


 Précisément, ce dernier entend profiter de l’étape belge pour revenir dans le sillage du leader. Solieri s’aligne sur une Porsche 997 RSR préparée par le spécialiste Autorlando et il annonce clairement la couleur: “Spa-Francorchamps est un de mes circuits préférés et ma monture devrait bien s’y comporter.


Certes, Andrea Palma possède une avance confo rtable mais je ferai tout pour lui mener la vie dure, afin d’emmagasiner aussi de l’expérience en vue de 2013 où mes ambitions seront plus élevées encore.”


Un petit cran derrière ces favoris, les explications s’annoncent également chaudes entre les pilotes des meilleures GT3 et GT Cup, les Corvette ZO6, Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari 458 et Porsche 997 Cup.
 


Des Ferrari, rien que des Ferrari !


 
C’est encore de GT qu’il est question mais uniquement de Ferrari avec le Ferrari Challenge Europa Trofeo Pirelli Coppa Shell qui met aux prises une quarantaine de belles Italiennes confiées à un panel très large de pilotes.


Italiens, Autrichiens, Russes, Ukrainiens, Suédois, Vénézuéliens, Portugais, Luxembourgeois, Canadiens, Allemands, Roumains, Tchèques, Néerlandais, Slovaques, ils viennent de tous les horizons pour croiser le fer dans ces joutes teintées de rouge Maranello. Un Belge est de la partie, Nicolas Van Dierendonck étant annoncé dans ce Challenge où l’Italien Niki Cadeï fait figure de référence.
 

La monoplace n’est pas oubliée avec deux confrontations réservées aux concurrents de l’ATS Formel 3 Cup, le championnat allemand de Formule 3 où nos compatriotes Bas Leinders, Frédéric Vervisch et plus récemment Laurens Vanthoor ont brillé par le passé.


Cette série accueille un peloton très international actuellement emmené par le Suédois Jimmy Eriksson, souverain le week-end dernier à Oschersleben. Ses principaux adversaires sont le Japonais Kimiya Sato, les Autrichiens Lucas Auer et René Binder, l’Australien Mitchell Gilbert et un autre Suédois au nom évocateur dans la région spadoise, Tom Blomqvist qui n’est autre que le fils du vainqueur des Boucles de Spa 1976!


Tous ces prétendants à la victoire s’affrontent au volant de Dallara F311 à moteu r VW mais un Trophy est proposé aux pilotes disposant d’un matériel un peu plus ancien; c’est là qu’on trouve le Belge Jordi Weckx qui s’aligne sur sa propre Dallara F307 à moteur OPC.


 
Mika Salo sur la Maserati Quattroporte


 
Mais on l’a dit, la vedette revient évidemment aux Superstars Series où les ex-pilotes de Formule 1 se succèdent au volant des Maserati.


Après Johnny Herbert et Christian Klien, c’est au tour de Mika Salo de s’installer aux commandes de la Quattroporte pour venir défier les habitués, notamment Vitantonio Liuzzi dont la carte de visite renseigne 80 Grands Prix, ou encore Gianni Morbidelli qui a pris le départ de 67 manches du championnat mondial.


Les spécialistes des voitures de tourisme n’ayant pas l’intention de s’en laisser conter par ces stars, les deux sprints (25 minutes + 1 tour) promettent du grand spectacle!
 
      
     
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