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GT & Sports Car News 99-01-27

GT calendar delayed - again The FIA GT series calendar has been delayed, yet again. The delay surrounds negotiations with Kyalami to hold a race there in November. FIA prize fund for GTs The FIA is offering a $50,000 per...

GT calendar delayed - again The FIA GT series calendar has been delayed, yet again. The delay surrounds negotiations with Kyalami to hold a race there in November.

FIA prize fund for GTs The FIA is offering a $50,000 per race prize fund to private teams who enter all of the rounds of the GT series.

Lehto proves popular

JJ Lehto is being linked with a drive with BMW, or even more likely a drive with Mercedes alongside Mark Blundell. Lehto drives a Mercedes powered car in the champcar series.

BMW launches Le Mans attack

BMW have unveiled the car they hope will win the Le Mans 24 Hours. The car is almost completely new, and has been designed by BMW Motorsport based next door to Williams GPE. The car is expected to test at Jarama next week, and may yet race at the Sebring 12 hours.

Porsche to lend Dalmas

Porsche have agreed to lend Yannick Dalmas to BMW for the Le Mans 24 Hours. He will join Soper, Stuck, Muller, Winkelhock, Kristensen, Martini and Auberlen. JJ Lehto is also linked with a drive, but that depends on a rele ase from Champ Car team Hogan.

Dyson to enter ISRS

Dyson, who have previously won the Daytona 24 Hours, are to compete in the some races in the ISRS this year, including Donington Park. James Weaver and Butch Leitzinger are confirmed as drivers.

FIA Prototype Cup looks probable

The FIA Prototype Cup looks more likely to go ahead as Stephane Ratel has published a calendar and a television schedule to the teams. He is then expecting entries to be confirmed. Ratel says he has 15 privateer cars and 3 works Mercedes. He is confident that the FIA will not close the series over being 2 cars short.

McNish at Daytona

Allan McNish is to drive a Ferrari 333SP at the Daytona 24 hours for the Doyle-Rissi team. He will drive alongside Wayne Taylor, Didier de Radigues and Max Angelelli.

Ascari tries Le Mans again The Ascari supercar mark are to enter the Le Mans 24 hours again in 1999, despite failing to pre-qualify in 95. The car is an all new design by Aerotech, and will be powered by Judd GV4 engines. It is expected on the track in March, just a few weeks before pre- qualifying.

Mk2 Audi tests Audi's Le Mans assault stepped up a gear last week when it was spotted testing at Paul Ricard in Mk2 evolution form. The drivers were Michele Alboretto and Emanuele Pirro.

-- Stephen M Baines stephen@motorsport.org.uk

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