26 cars on track and more than 14'000 km at the Paul Ricard HTTT to test for the brand new European GT3 championship

After the very first test session held at the Paul Ricard HTTT last December organised under the SRO banner, investigator of the brand new European GT3 FIA Championship, the organisation decided to use the Paul Ricard HTTT one more time, to validate the cars and entries.

Christophe Bouchut and Jean-Marc Gounon, official factory drivers of the GT3 Championship worked hard during this 2-day session, with the FIA controllers in order to offer a perfect base and to level the performances of very different cars taking part in this championship. As a matter of fact, the goal of this new GT3 championship is to give gentlemen drivers and racing drivers a huge sense of thrill and a high level of fighting spirit with different car categories.

Aside the two official drivers, the Paul Ricard HTTT also welcomed David Halliday and his team-mate Philippe Alliot (Team PSI Corvette), Olivier Beretta official factory driver for Venturi and former Portuguese F1 driver Pedro Lamy (Aston Martin).

At the end of the session, German driver Sascha Bert (Zakspeed -- Saleen) set the overall fastest time ahead of Race Alliance's Aston Martin driven by Karl Wendlinger and Philipp Peter and PSI team.

Some teams of the 2006 FIA GT Championship took advantage of the session to prepare their cars before the start of the championship at Silvertone on May 7th.

All the GT3 teams will do another test session in Dijon (France) on April 11th and 12th before the season launch in Silvertone on May 7th.