The GT Open Pays First Visit to Legendary Spa
Fight between Ferrari and Porsche expected to reach new height in the Ardennes
• Marcel Fässler and Giacomo Ricci: Two young guns for Trottet and Villois
• British IN2 Racing’s Lambo joins the party
The third round of the 2008 season, which will take place 31st May and 1st June, marks an important moment in the history of the International GT Open, as the series will make its first visit to one of the most beautiful, demanding and history-rich circuits of the world: Spa-Francorchamps.
Anxiety and expectations are high, at the eve of this first visit to the "cathedral" of motorsports in the Belgian Ardennes, which will be the tenth circuit visited by the GT Open since its creation in 2006. The length (7,003 km) and the difficulties of this fast and "natural" track designed in the hills, and the unpredictabi lity of Belgian weather, all add to the excitement.
The International GT Open will be the main feature of the Spa Euro Race, one of the most important and traditional meetings in Spa’s calendar, which this year will also include rounds of the Spanish F.3 Championship FIAT, the Euroseries 3000, the Formula Renault 2.0 Italia, the Britcar, and other s= ies.
All the GT Open regular participants present and the entry list will be published officially on Tuesday 27 May. The few changes already confirmed affect mainly some driver line-ups.
With Pompidou and Alexander busy with the qualifying session in Le Mans, Swiss Trottet Racing is entrusting its Ferrari F430 GTC to a new pair, led by Marcel Fässler. The young Swiss star, a prominent GT, sportscar and DTM driver, will make its debut in the series, alongside country-fellow Henri Moser.
Similarly, GP2 regular Giacomo Ricci will be back as the team-mate of Max Wiser in one of the Aston Martins DBRS9 of the Villois Racing. The young Italian already drove this car in the season-opening Vallelunga GT Open, where he finished second in both races.
Another confirmed novelty is the debut of a Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 from England, entered by the IN2 Racing for Paul Hogart and James Pickford.
With no doubt, the Spa GT Open will= e an important moment in the championship. Scuderia Playteam SaraFree, which currently has its two cars (Montermini-Maceratesi and Gião-Couceiro) in the two first positions of the standings will want to confirm their leadership, but other front-running Ferrari teams, such as Advanced Engineering, Edil Cris, RSV and GPC are eager to shine, and the Porsches of Autorlando Sport (with reigning champion Richard Lietz and former F.1 driver Alex Caffi) and Drivex will certainly have something to say for victory, in a track that suits them well, especially if typical Belgian weather invites itself to the party.
In GTS, the fight between the Lamborghinis Gallardo of Racing Box (so far winners of 3 out of 4 races), the Twenty-two Corvette and the Villois Aston Martins is expected to live another lively chapter.
All the action in Spa can be followed throughout Europe on the Eurosport network, and live in Italy (Nuvolari TV), Spain (Canal +) = d Portugal (Sport TV). Pro-Am race on Saturday 31st May will be at 16:35 CET and GT Open race on Sunday at 13:50 CET.
RSV Motorsport finished its participation in the second meeting of the International GT Open, held this weekend in the circuit Ricardo Tormo, in Cheste. The result is a fifth position – a result which does not reflect the brilliant performance of Domingo Romero and Peter Sundberg during the three days of weiter >>
INTERNATIONAL GT OPEN - VALENCIA
Sunday, 18 May 2008 - 2nd round - GT OPEN RACE SEASON
- Ferrari F430 no.3 - Michele Maceratesi \ Andrea Montermini - 10" handicap
- Ferrari F430 no.4 - Manuel Giao \ Pedro Couceiro - 0 handicap
During the International GT Open week-end, Scuderia Playteam Sarafree scored a double podium in the weiter >>
INTERNATIONAL GT OPEN 2008 17 May 2008 - VALENCIA - 2nd round
QUALIFYING RACE 1: Today, the pole is blue and silver for both qualifying Sessions
- Ferrari F430 n.3 - Michele Maceratesi \ Andrea Montermini
- 1st qualifying session (Montermini): 1:35:814 - 4th
- 1st free practice (Montermini-Maceratesi): 1:37:893 - 3rd
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The 2008 International GT Open season kicked off on 20 April 2008 at Vallelunga near Rome. It was a good weekend for Scuderia Playteam SaraFree, and something the team is aiming to build on in the second round of the season at Valencia, Spain.
The team's two driver pairings of Montermini-Maceratesi in Ferrari F430 nr 3 and Giao-Couceiro in Ferrari F430 nr 4 are determined weiter >>
The podium obtained a month ago by Racing Team Edil Cris with Monfardini-Frezza in the opening round of the International Open GT Championship has been a good start of the season but the objective of the team remains the victory.
The round of Valencia, this weekend, is goi weiter >>
Domingo Romero and Peter Sundberg are looking forward the next meeting of the International GT Open, which is going to be held next weekend in the circuit Ricardo Tormo of Valencia with the aim of proving with results the sensations from the first meeting of the year, regularly attended by the best Spanish representatives.
The RSV couple faces this meeting after having a weiter >>
Racing Team Edil Cris strengthens the leadership in the classification of the Italian GT Championship with the results scored at Mugello.
The first session of qualifying, yesterday, saw Balzan obtaining the fourth time (1´53.280), while Linossi concluded only thirteenth ( weiter >>
...ahead of UK Shakedown
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SARA GT - CAMPIONATO ITALIANO GRAN TURISMO Sunday, 11 May 2008 – 2° round – MUGELLO
- Ferrari F430 no. 7 – Thomas Kemenater / Gianluca Tedoldi - 0" handicap
- Ferrari F430 no. 8 – Max Busnelli / Gabriele Lancieri – 15" handicap
After barely 5 weiter >>
SARA GT - CAMPIONATO ITALIANO GRAN TURISMO Sunday, 11 May 2008 – 2° round – MUGELLO
- Ferrari F430 no. 7 – Thomas Kemenater / Gianluca Tedoldi
- Ferrari F430 no. 8 – Max Busnelli / Gabriele Lancieri
The second round of the Sara GT - Ca weiter >>
After the very good season opening at Monza last 6th of April, with a pole and a one-two on the podium, Racing Team Edil Cris arrives at Mugello International Circuit with good expectations for the second round of the Italian GT Championship.
Linossi and Mediani, leading the classification with 21 points, will have a penalty of 15 seconds due to the results obtained in t weiter >>
Domingo Romero and Peter Sundberg start to defend the Spanish GT Champions title in the circuit of Jarama. The starting point for the Spanish-Swedish couple will be the brilliant performance from the last campaign in Madrid, where they ended with two clear triumphs and a pole position.
RSV Motorsport returns to weiter >>
Weekend spoiled by accidents for GPC Squadra Corse in the first round of the International GT Open 2008 championship.
Yesterday, in free practices, Saez-Frassineti have been victims of the engine brake on their F430 Ferrari that forced them to skip the second free practice session for the due fixtures. In qualifying they managed to obtain the tenth time (1' weiter >>
Racing Team Edil Cris soon on the podium in the opening round of the International GT Open 2008 championship at Vallelunga that marked the return of the team to the series after a year of absence.
Cressoni-Bontempelli obtained the ninth time in qualifying (1'35.868), while Monfardini-Frezza the thirteenth position (1'35.868).
In race one, both F430 Ferraris got weiter >>
The 2008 International GT Open season kicks off this weekend in Vallelunga near Rome, with the first round of the new season. Series organisers have confirmed that both races of each round this season will be covered throughout the world on Eurosport and Eurosport 2.
Scuderia Playteam SaraFree's 2008 GT Open season (Andrea Montermini and Michele Maceratesi in one of the b weiter >>
Scuderia Playteam Sarafree is now starting in 2008, for the third consecutive season in the International GT Open Championship, what are your views on the Championship?
The International GT Open Championship is growing on a regular basis. Its level was very challenging last year. It provides a very strong drivers line-up.
What has been chan weiter >>
Scuderia Playteam SaraFree takes pole for first race and front line for second race in Vallellunga.
Montermini 1.34.797 pole
Giao 1.35.582 sixth
Maceratesi 1.35.372 2nd
Couceiro 1.36.257 weiter >>
Thirty-one drivers were in action at Vallelunga on the first day of the new International GT Open season. It was a positive first day for Scuderia Playteam SaraFree’s driver line up of Andrea Montermini and Michele Maceratesi in the number 3 Ferrari F430, and Manuel Giao and Pedro Couceiro in the number 4 Ferrari F430.
During the first free practice sessions of the weeken weiter >>
Racing Team Edil Cris is about to get back to the GT Open International, this weekend, on the Vallelunga track near Rome, after a year long absence from the series.
The crews will drive the two F430 GTC Ferraris will be completely new: the first being made up by Matteo Cressoni and Lorenzo Bontempelli, the second by Ferdinando Monfardini and Marco Frezza.
Thi weiter >>
The 2008 International GT Open season kicks off this weekend in Vallelunga near Rome, for the first race of the season on Sunday April 20, 2008.
Scuderia Playteam SaraFree's driver line up for the 2008 GT Open season will be Andrea Montermini and Michele Macerate weiter >>
RSV Motorsport confronts the season 2008 with Europe in the point of view. The champions' title of Spain obtained in 2007 by Domingo Romero and Peter Sundberg invites to optimism, and the Hispanic - Swedish couple confronts the first meeting of the GT Open in Vallelunga, Italy, with the aim to start weiter >>
The Italian Grand Touring Championship offers Racing Team Edil Cris the leadership with the crew made by Luciano Linossi and Maurizio Mediani, after their double podium that awards the Team of all the work done in preparation of the 2008 season.
On Saturda weiter >>
.. in the season opening at Monza
Pole position and victory for Mugelli-Balzan, second place for Linossi-Mediani. This is the outcome of the first race of the Italian GT Championship for Racing Team Edil Cris, absolute ruler of the day weiter >>
The Italian GT Championship is going to begin its 2008 season on the 6th of April at Monza where it ended last year. Racing Team Edil Cris is ready to fight for the championship of the series in which it played the protagonist role in 2007.
Three crews will be lined up by the Team from Bergamo on the 5793 meters of the Monza´s track: Luciano Linossi and Maurizio Mediani weiter >>
GPC Squadra Corse reached an agreement with the drivers Alex Frassineti and Raffaele Giammaria, that during the next weekend at Monza will drive a Ferrari F430 GTC in occasion of the opening race of the Italian GT Championship.
The second F430 will be given to Francesco La Mazza, well motivated to get some new good results after a positive 2007 and to the young Stefano Tu weiter >>
The GPC Squadra Corse´s testing programme in preparation of the GT Open 2008 Championship continues intensively.
Tomorrow, on the Vallelunga´s track, the steering wheel of a Ferrari F430 GTC will be given to Matteo Bobbi, who intends to continue his relationship with the team in the rounds not conflicting with the American series Grand-Am, that sees him as o weiter >>
Scuderia Playteam SaraFree, having just returned from Istanbul and the presentation with the Galatasaray team, has not lost any time and was present this morning at the GT Open and Euroseries 3000 official tests that took place respectively in Valencia and Vallelunga today.
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Under a real deluge, Andrea Piccini, after Le Castellet tests with the Aston Martin, tried this morning the F430 Ferrari of the GPC team out in sight of a possible participation to the GT Open championship with the team.
In the afternoon, behind the wheel of the Ferrari, alternated Faulkner and Petrobelli that performed as a whole more than 200km despite weather conditio weiter >>
Scuderia Playteam SaraFree has revealed that its driver line-up for the 2008 GT Open season will be Andrea Montermini and Michele Maceratesi after the duo won their GT Open category (GTA) with 65 points in 2007.
Scuderia Playteam SaraFree enters the 2008 season with high hope weiter >>
Racing Team Edil Cris and Bardhal, firm leader in the field of car and motor bike lubricants, reached today an agreement for the technical sponsorship of the 2008 season. Bardhal products will be employed on the F430 Ferraris of the Team involved in the International GT Open and Italian GT Championships.
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Last Saturday 16th February the RSV Motorsport team and the drivers Domingo Romero and Peter Sundberg were given a prize by Ferrari in its head office, in Maranello. The prizes were given as the victory recognition in the Spanish GT Championship, driving a Ferrar weiter >>
With a few weeks to the beginning of the 2008 agonistic activity, Racing Team Edil Cris announced the crews that will take part to the International GT Open behind the wheel of two F430 GTC Ferraris.
Matteo Cressoni and Lorenzo Bontempelli, protagonists already with the Team last yea weiter >>
Scuderia Playteam SaraFree invited a number of leading drivers to test its cars from various racing series at Vallelunga, in preparation for the team's busy upcoming year of racing. In 2008, the team will be competing in the Italian GT Championship, International GT Open, Euroseries 3000, weiter >>
Testing session biased by bad weather conditions at Adria for GPC Squadra Corse. The heavy rain fallen on Friday in the Polesine zone forced Team´s technicians to conclude their work at the end of the day without continuing on Saturday as initially scheduled.
Daniel La Rosa, Luca Formilli Fendi and Giorgio Bartocci alternated behind the wheel of one of the F430 GT2 Ferrar weiter >>