EuroV8, GTSprint set for start at Monza
The EuroV8 Series is ready for an exciting weekend at Monza, as the northern Italian track will host the first round of the new championship promoted by FG Marketing&Communication. The grids will be featuring some of the best racecars in business coming from prestigious brands, including Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Lexus and Mercedes. The two 25-minute + 1 lap race, both with a rolling start, are set to provide the crowds with some thrilling action.
Several titles will be up for grabs this season alongside the overall one. Young racers (born after Jan. 1 1990) will challenge for the Under 25 championship, while the Salvatore Genovese team’s title will be paired by the Gentleman competition for the over-50 drivers and by the Speedy title, awarding the driver with the most fastest laps at the end of the year.
The field will be featuring some high-quality teams starting from reigning champions Audi Sport Italia and their three Audi RS5 racecars. Joining them will be Czech driver Tomas Kostka and Italian Davide Stancheris. They will be off to a classic battle with arch-rivals Mercedes-Benz, and the latest addition to the Stuttgart-based manufacturer’s camp will be Eddie Cheever, son of the former F.1 racer and Indy 500 Champion. Cheever, moving over from the FIA F.3 championship, will drive a Mercedes C63 AMG coupé car fiended by R.R.T. while his team-mate, reigning Mini Challenge Champion Nicola Baldan, will rely on the saloon version. Two more C63 AMG will come from the Caal Racing stable with experienced Diego Romanini and Leonardo Baccarelli behind the wheel.
Two former F.1 racers will be joining the mix: Giovanni Lavaggi will drive the MRT-prepared Lexus ISF (the team will also field a Chrysler 300C for Alessandro Battaglin), while Mimmo Schiattarella has rejoined Solaris Motorsport. He will campaign a Chevrolet Lumina. Francesco Sini will stay behind the wheel of his Camaro muscle car.
The BMW field is also set to be impressive with several M3 racecars aiming for glory. Team BMW Dinamic is featuring Max Mugelli, coming from a positive 2013 season, Niccolò Mercatali and Maurizio Copetti. Scuderia Giudici will have four cars, three M3s for young rookie Claudio Giudici and for the father-son duo of Domiziano and Jonathan Giacon plus a 550i model for Gabriele Volpato.
Plenty of excitement is also expected for the EuroGTSprint Series, which will deliver fans with plenty new additions for its 5th year. The championship will be back to the original format featuring two 40-minute sprint races per weekend following two 45-minute practice sessions and two 15-minute qualifying sessions.
The most valued car brands in grand touring competition will be back including Ferrari, Porsche and Mercedes, lined-up with some very successful teams. Among them, Portugal-based Sports&You will be on-track with two Mercedes SLS GT3 racers. The Stuttgart-built machinery will be driven by the Antonio Coimbra-Luis Silva duo and by Francisco Mora, paired with a yet-to-be-announced team-mate. Ombra Racing will once again fielding Mario Cordoni, who won the GTS3 title in 2012, on a Ferrari 458. The same car model will be brought on-track by Team Malucelli and Scuderia Baldini 27 Network. The Roman-based squad will be assisted AF Corse and and will field Lorenzo Casè, back from a stint in the United SportsCar Championsihp. The Porsche pack is featuring the 911 GT3 of Glauco Solieri (Krypton Motorsport) and a similar car for Autorlando Sport. Sebastien Fortuna (Fortuna Racing) will also be in control of a Porsche for his return in the championship.
The weekend will be kicking-off on Saturday, April 5th with the running of free practice and qualifying while all the racing activity is scheduled for Sunday, April 6th. Race 1 for the EuroV8 Series will go underway at 10:35, followed by Race 2 at 15:15. The to EuroGTSprint races are scheduled at 11:45 and 17:25.
Fans will have free access to the grandstands and to the paddock thanks to the Open Paddock promotion on both days. The series will benefit from an high-profile international live TV coverage plan including – but not limited to – Mediaset Italia 2 in Italy and Motors TV in the pan-European area.