ON TO ROUND TWO !
After the undeniable success of the inaugural meeting of the FIA GT3 European Championship, the teams and drivers are now heading to Germany, and to the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. A much shorter circuit, and very different from Silverstone - tight and twisty, technical and quite challenging, the track is 3.667 km long, which should make for a great show with the planned 45 cars.
Although there has been a break of nearly two months between the meetings, the teams and cars have not been idle. As well as working and testing, the cars have also been racing. Barwell entered its Aston Martin DBRS9 cars in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship, winning the GT3 class at Donington Park, while Riverside, Racing Logistic and Pouchelon raced in the GT Masters at Pau, where Pouchelon claimed five of the six overall podium positions ! However, this event also saw one of the Racing Logistic Vipers come to grief, and the car will miss Oschersleben. After the first two thrilling races, JMB Racing Ferrari has taken a slender lead while their drivers, Simonsen and Lester, with one win and one second place, lead the Drivers Classification. Second in the classification is Italian team Racing Box, whose Dodge Viper Coupe of Stefano Livio and Andrea Ceccato, won the second race.
The Championship's innovative Cup of Cups concept means that only the leading car from each brand comes to the podium at the end of each race, so that all manufacturers are represented. Moreover, where there are at least six cars competing, points are also awarded in a separate Cup classification. In the Porsche Cup, Tech 9 drivers Dimitri Deverikos, Sean Edwards, James Murphy and Paul van Splunteren are in the lead. Stefano Zonca, Marco Cioci, Andrea Ceccato and Stefano Livio, all driving for Racing Box, lead the Dodge Cup, while Martin Rich and Piers Johnson, for Barwell, have a two-point lead over BMS's Mugelli and Zani in the Aston Martin classification.
With a planned grid of 45 cars, eight different cars represented, and a grand total of 90 drivers, the second meeting of the FIA GT3 European Championship should make a magnificent sight on the Oschersleben start-finish line. And hopefully the sun will shine, after the two wet races in Silverstone ! If the races are even half as thrilling, the Oschersleben crowds are in a real treat!