At the beginning of last week, work started on the race track around the Parliament House, where the „Vodafone Bucharest Challenge 2007" will take place between 18 and 20th of May 2007.
„We want to apologise in advance for all the inconvenience brought by this work and for the traffic troubles. I hope that everybody will understand that the operations are unavoidable for organising the race in the city centre and I want to apologise once again to those affected by them.", said Hartmut Beyer, Vodafone Bucharest Challenge 2007 promoter.
The concrete fence wallswere brought from Bilbao and respect all the safety rules imposed by FIA. The stands are made by a specialised German company and will be placed in the most important points of the track around the Parliament House. Their capacity is around 70.000 places.
The track in the street where the FIA GT Championship, the FIA GT3 European Championship, the Lloyds TSB Insurance British Formula Three International Series and the Logan Cup races will take place is 3180 metres long; the itinerary is as follows : streets on the eastern corner of the Parliament House, Libertatii boulevard (where the Start-Finish line will be), on the right then on Calea 13 Septembrie, crossing Uranus and Izvor streets, descending Natiunilor Unite boulevard until crossing B.P. Hasdeu boulevard, then passing by Izvor park until crossing Libertatii boulevard.
According to the architect Herman Tilke, who is the designer of the Formula One tracks in China, Malasia, Bahrain and Turkey, the average speed will be 148.6 km/h
for the competitors from FIA GT Championship, the time per lap around 1 minute and 15 seconds. The top speed for the FIA GT Championship competitors is approx 230 km/h.
The much-awaited GT 90’s Revival Series will take to the track in Silverstone, for two exceptional races An impressive first grid is expected at Silverstone for the very first event of the GT90’s, including two McLaren GTR, John Greasley’s famous Blue Coral Porsche GT1 and the BMS Porsche 911 GT1.
The First Racing Lotus Elise GT1, driven by Fabien Giroix shall also join weiter >>
It’s showtime at Silverstone for the new GT4 European Cup. Inspired by the success of last year’s GT3 championship and based on the same balance of performance concept, SRO’s latest series will see second-tier GT cars battle it out for the first of a total of five race weekends scheduled this year.
The FIA GT3 European Championship was a huge success in its first year of competition. With eight famous brands (Ascari, Aston Martin, Corvette, Dodge, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Porsche), top circuits, and thrilling races, all the components were in place to guarantee a strong series.
Launched in Monaco in December 2005 by Mr Max Mosley, President of the FIA and weiter >>
2006 FIA GT2 Champion, Jaime Melo of Brazil, will be making his FIA GT comeback at Silverstone, where he will replace Stéphane Ortelli in the nr 51 AF Corse Motorola Ferrari 430 GT2, the Monaco-based driver being forced to miss this race due to contractual obligations.
Not only did Melo win the 2006 title with the team, he was also the winner of the Silverstone round with weiter >>
Nigel Mansell, Formula One World Champion in 1992, will be racing the nr 63 Scuderia Ecosse Ferrari 430 GT2 at Silverstone ! He will share the car with Chris Niarchos, while the nr 62 car will be in the hands of Tim Mullen and Andrew Kirkaldy. This is the first time a former F1 World Champio weiter >>
Silverstone will see the start of the Citation Cup, with at least six cars competing within the FIA GT Championship. A new initiative, and a collaboration between SRO and the Cessna Corporation, the Citation Cup aims to give nonprofessional drivers a place within the increasingly professional Championship, as well as welcoming back a number of iconic cars which had disappeared fr weiter >>
On Sunday 6th May the coveted Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy will be awarded to the winning drivers in the British round of the 2007 FIA GT Championship at Silverstone.
The 102-year-old Tourist Trophy is one of the most significant prizes in British motorsport and has been won by such racing greats as Sir Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Denny Hulme and Derek Bell. The f weiter >>
2007 FIA GT Championhsip Silverstone Round 2 Provisional entry list
1 Vitaphone Racing Team GER Michael Bartels GER Thomas Biagi ITA Maserati MC 12 GT1 M GT1
2 Vitaphone Racing Team GER Miguel Ramos POR Christian Montanari RSM Maserati MC 12 GT1 M GT1
4 PK Carsport BEL Anthony Kumpen BEL Bert Longin BEL Corvette C5R weiter >>
Friday, May 4th
09.00 – 09.50 GT4 European Cup Free Practice 1 50’
10.00 – 10.30 GT 90’s Revival Free Practice 1 30’
10.45 – 11.45 FIA GT3 European Championship Free Practice 1 60’
12.00 – 12.50 GT4 European Cup Free Practice 2 50’
13.30 – 13.45 Supercar Tour Parade
14.00 – 14.30 GT 90’s Revival Free Practice 2 30’
14 weiter >>
After a thrilling start in Zhuhai, China, the FIA GT Championship will return to Europe, with the second round taking place at Silverstone, Great Britain, on May 5th – 6th.
For the third time, the overall winner will be awarded the historic Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy, which celebrated its centenary two years ago. Who will succeed the Aston Martin Racing DBR9 of weiter >>
CHAMPIONNAT D’EUROPE GT3 DE LA FIA 2007
1 Tech 9 Motorsport GBR Porsche 997 GT3 Cup MY06
2 Tech 9 Motorsport GBR Porsche 997 GT3 Cup MY06
3 Tech 9 Motorsport GBR Porsche 997 GT3 Cup MY06
4 Trackspeed Racing GBR Porsche 997 GT3 Cup MY06
5 Trackspeed Racing GBR Porsche 997 GT3 Cup MY06
6 Trackspeed Racing GBR Porsche 997 GT3 Cu weiter >>
SRT - Preview Lédenon & Silverstone FIA-GT and FFSA-GT
During the coming four weeks the Belgian Corvette-team will be successively travelling to Lédenon, Silverstone, Dijon and Bucharest. The team recently announced that the Belgian Tom Cloet and the Finn Pertti will be on duty in England and most probably we will also come across this same duo for the weiter >>
Four makes within four tenths of a second : looking good !
The inaugural races of the GT4 European Cup will take place at Silverstone, Great Britain on May 5th and 6th, along with a round of the FIA GT Championship, and SRO Motorsports Group is sparing no effort to ensure a successful weiter >>
FIA-GT Championship 2007 / Preview Silverstone
Following on from a pretty hectic 2006 season, Tom Cloet allowed himself a few months of "rest from the sport", synonymous with intense professional activity. But now that the season is upon us he has once more brought out his racing overalls and helmet in or weiter >>
FIA-GT3 / Equivalency Test Dijon Prenois
Just a few days after the first official outing of the Ford GT built by Matech Racing, during the FIA-GT3 equivalency test held at Adria in Italy, the Swiss team found itself under the blue sky at Dijon Prenois, for a further session. And once again the resu weiter >>
FIA-GT3 / Equivalency test Adria International Raceway
Having just arrived this Wednesday at the Adria International Raceway in order to take part in another equivalency test in view of the FIA-GT3 championship, the Matech Racing team have already scored their first victory. They c weiter >>
GT3 & GT4 - TESTING IN ADRIA AND DIJON
The testing and performance balancing process in the FIA GT3 European Championship and the GT4 European Cup will continue this month with a further two official test sessions,at the Italian circuit of Adria on April 11th, and the French track of Dijon-Prenois on April 17th and 18th.
Both test days are open to GT3 a weiter >>
The second round of the 2007 FIA GT Championship will take place in Silverstone, with an action-packed weekend of racing. For the FIA GT Championship, round two is the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy, with the coveted and historic Trophy itself as the ultimate goal. Silverstone will also see the first round of the Citation Cup, for non-professional drivers in GT1 cars, runni weiter >>
2007 LONDON TO SILVERSTONE SUPERCAR TOUR : MUCH ANTICIPATED !+
Friday May 4th
After the success of the first London to Silverstone Supercar Tour in 2006, the event will be back, bigger and better, for 2007, and will form the opening ceremony for the weekend.
The Tour is open to 21st century supercars. The participants will leave the Royal Automobile weiter >>
PSI DELIGHTED WITH SECOND PLACE
Racing in Zhuhai was a last-minute decision for Philippe Tillie’s team, PSI Experience, and the two drivers Philipp Peter and Luke Hines. The Corvette came through to take second place, after good strategy followed by a fine performance from the Austrian driver in the final laps, when he was pushing Bouchut all the way to the weiter >>
The first overall win of a new car or model is not something that happens every race ... although since 2004 such events have been more frequent than during the first few years of the FIA GT Championship !
The table below shows some of the big ‘first times’ in terms of overall wins, over the last ten years. The shaded rows show the manufacturer entries - full entries in 1 weiter >>
After two successful seasons in Belcar, with no less than seven victories, of which two in the 24 Hours of Zolder, Selleslagh Racing Team will no longer be competing in the Belgian GT championship this season. On the other hand they have opted once more to run in the FFSA-GT, with the Frenchmen Eric Cayrolle and Laurent Cazenave.
In addition the team is also taking on th weiter >>
PK Carsport, with Belgians Anthony Kumpen and Bert Longin in the Corvette C5-R, experienced a very good opening round of the FIA GT Championship. Even if the result could have been even better, the team performed very good throughout the whole weekend, with a third spot in qualifying, a first place in the mornin weiter >>
FIA GT - GT1 DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP - PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER ROUND 1 (CHINA)
1 Christophe Bouchut FRA 10 10ex Stefan Mücke GER 10 103 Philipp Peter AUT 8 8ex Luke Hines GBR 8 85 Anthony Kumpen BEL 6 6ex Bert Longin BEL 6 67 Fabio Babini ITA 5 5ex Jamie Davies GBR 5 59 Mike Hezemans NED 4 4ex Jean-Denis Deletraz SUI 4 4 weiter >>
2007 FIA GT CHAMPIONSHIP - CHAMPIONNAT GT DE LA FIA 2007ENTRY LIST / LISTE DES ENGAGES
1 Vitaphone Racing GER Maserati MC 12 GT12 Vitaphone Racing GER Maserati MC 12 GT14 Pekaracing BEL Corvette C5R LMGT15 Team Carsport Holland NED Corvette Z06 GT17 All-Inkl.com Racing GER Lamborghini Murciélago GT18 All-Inkl.com Racing GER Lamborghini weiter >>
The 2007 season of the FIA GT Championship got off to an exciting start at the Zhuhai International Circuit today, where the All-Inkl.com Racing Lamborghini Murciélago took a closely fought victory, giving Lamborghini its first international motorsport win. In fro weiter >>
REVIEW ROUND ONE – ZHUHAI (CHINA)FIA GT CHAMPIONSHIP 2007
The Zhuhai International Circuit in China acted as host for the opening round of 2007 FIA GT championship, the only non-European FIA GT round. On Saturday morning at 09.30hrs local time the light turned to green, for the first free practic weiter >>
Stefan Mücke: Ein tolles Gefühl
Einen sensationellen Auftakt gab es am Sonntag (25.März) im ersten Saisonrennen der FIA-GT-Meisterschaft im südchinesischen Zhuhai: Der Berliner Ex-DTM-Pilot Stefan Mücke gewann zusammen mit dem dreimaligen Champion C weiter >>
DIARY - Sunday, 25 March 2007 Zhuhai (China)
– 1st round of the FIA GT Championship - Race Circuit: Zhuhai, length 4.300km- Weather: Warm-up and race - dry, and partly overcast, air temperature 22° C
Maserati MC12 nr 11, Andrea Bertolini (I) weiter >>
Christophe Bouchut and Stefan Mücke started the season in the best possible way, giving All-Inkl.com Racing and the Lamborghini Murciélago their first FIA GT win. With the new two-hour format, where strategy is incredibly important, the timing of the pit stops along with a safety-car period saw the nr 7 c weiter >>
There was plenty of action during Sunday morning’s 30-minute warm-up. Jonny Kane was the first to set the fastest time with the nr 17 Barwell Motorsport Aston Martin DBR9, but the other drivers soon improved.
After few minutes, Bert Longin, in the nr 4 PK Carsport Corvette C5-R, took the lead, with a lap in 1. weiter >>
1st round of the FIA GT Championship - qualifyingCircuit: Zhuhai, length 4.300kmWeather: Free practice 1 - grey, overcast and partly wet, air temperature 22° C
Maserati MC12 nr 11, Andrea Bertolini (I) - Andrea Piccini (ITA) Maserati MC12 nr weiter >>
- Stefan Mücke: Viele neue Erfahrungen
Von Startplatz 10 aus bestreitet der Berliner Stefan Mücke am Sonntag (25.März) seine Sportwagen-Premiere im ersten Rennen der diesjährigen FIA-GT-Meisterschaft im südchinesischen Zhuhai.
Der Franzose Christophe Bouchut, Mückes Fahrerkollege im sä weiter >>
The FIA GT Championship opened its eleventh season with the 2006 Championship-winning teams claiming pole in both categories – although for both drivers, it was their first FIA GT pole position !
2003 Champion Thomas Biagi placed the nr 1 Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati MC 12 at the front of the grid for weiter >>
FIA GT first race in ZHUHAI - CHINA
Two new pole men for the FIA GT Championship ! Thomas Biagi claimed his first FIA GT pole position in the first round of 2007, setting a time of 1:31.339 in an extremely close qualifying session around the 4.318 km Zhuhai International Circuit. The Italian driver weiter >>
With the rain continuing in Zhuhai, the teams were faced with a largely wet second free practice session. However, conditions dried towards the end, and times fell as some teams ventured out on slicks. The best lap was set by Philipp Peter in the nr 19 PSI Corvette C6, with a time of 1:34.432, 1.7 seconds ahead of the C weiter >>
The first 80-minute practice season of the year was close and varied, with rain showers and a wet track making things even more interesting, with slick, intermediate and wet tyres all being used. Four different makes led the session, with Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Maserati and finally Corvette all taki weiter >>
The teams and drivers have gathered in Zhuhai for the first round of the 2007 season. One of the latest teams to be announced was PSI Experience, the team owned by Philippe Tillie. Their Corvette C6 will be driven in Zhuhai by FIA GT regular Philipp Peter, and newcomer Luke Hines, runner-up in the British GT Championshi weiter >>
FIA GT CHAMPIONSHIP 2007 PREVIEW ROUND ONE – ZHUHAI (CHINA)
All-Inkl.com Reiter Lamborghini was present with three cars for the media launch of the FIA GT Championship (22-23 February 2007) in Monza, Italy. Jos Menten was the only driver behind the wheel of the Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT #8.
His fellow countryman Peter Kox was unable to att weiter >>
– FIA-GT-Saisonauftakt am Wochenende im chinesischen Zhuhai
– Montag Le-Mans-Test in Paul Ricard
In 19 Rennen rund um den Erdball – Stefan Mücke ist am Dienstag (20. März) aus der deutschen Hauptstadt zu seiner motorsportlichen Weltreise in der Sportwagen-Szene aufgebrochen. Der Berliner, der von 2002 bis 2006 in den Deutschen Tourenwagen Masters (D weiter >>
SKY SPORTS AND ITV’s MEN & MOTORS ADD TO STELLAR LINE-UP
With the combination of a prime-time programme on leading British sports network Sky Sports, and up to 47 hours ofmlive television on ITV-owned Men and Motors, the FIA GT Championship is heading for its best-ever distribution on British television. Along with the continuation of the 26-minute highl weiter >>
Matech Racing has announced their plans to enter three Ford GT cars in the 2007 season of the FIA GT3 European Championship. This project is in the hands of Martin Bartek, owner of the Matech Concepts Company, located in Switzerland. The Swiss team has called on Christian Schumacher, of Belgium, to prepare the Ford GT cars for their homologation with the FIA.
Andreas Hain weiter >>
Team AutoGT Racing France launched the new Morgan Aero 8 in Paris this week, with the goal of taking part in the FIA GT3 European Championship with three cars.
Former Formula One driver, Jacques Laffite should race with his daughter Margot. Margot Laffite is used to racing on ice, in the Andros Trophy, but this will be her first full season on tarmac ! Frédéderic Makowie weiter >>
Over two days, a number of FIA GT3 European Championship teams were in Nogaro for the second official test session: Tech9 Motorsport was present with one Porsche 997 Cup, BMS Scuderia Italia with two Aston Martin DBRS9, JMB with one Ferrari 430 GT3 and Apex Motorsport with the new Jaguar XKR GT3.
For Tech9, BMS and JMB, those test sessions were a good opportunity to try o weiter >>