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FIA GT Championship - Scuderia Playteam Sarafree "all systems go" for Monza - Maserati MC12 nr 11, Andrea Bertolini (Ita) and Andrea Piccini (Ita) - Maserati MC12 nr 12, Giambattista Giannoccaro(Ita)and Alessandro Pier Guidi(Ita) Scuderia...

FIA GT Championship - Scuderia Playteam Sarafree "all systems go" for Monza

- Maserati MC12 nr 11, Andrea Bertolini (Ita) and Andrea Piccini (Ita)

- Maserati MC12 nr 12, Giambattista Giannoccaro(Ita)and Alessandro Pier Guidi(Ita)

Scuderia Playteam Sarafree took an historic win in Bucharest on May 20, 2007, the previous round of the FIA GT Championship. The team is now ready to get to the fourth round of the season on the Italian Monza circuit known for the highest average and top speeds of the season. In Monza a fast lap time requires very high straight-line speeds and therefore low drag and hence a low downforce configuration. The team is determined to put on an exciting show for its passionate Italian fans.

Giambattista Giannocaro, team owner and driver commented, "Monza is so important for our team and so special to our hearts. Scuderia Playteam Sarafree will welcome many of the top management and guests of our sponsors which will make it a busy weekend! Unfortunately we have a 40kg weight penalty and will face a tough challenge in Monza but go there with high spirit and good mood from the Bucharest race."

"I know by experience that this circuit is always very hard on the cars and engines and that despite its straights Monza is not a track for aerodynamics," he added. "So the Maserati MC12 will face an interesting challenge to experiment against Aston Martin and our other competitors."

"Monza is particularly demanding on the brakes with all the long straights followed by slow chicanes. The last corner, Parabolica, is quite special. It's a difficult one to get right. You can always go faster there than you think. It's fast, and very long and is very important, because effectively it ends one lap and starts the next. If you get it wrong you can spoil two laps at once! Technically, you need a set-up for the straights and the high-speed corners, but also one that allows the car to ride the kerbs in the tight chicanes. To be fast in the chicanes, excellent kerb riding and traction are required. The weather should remain hot and dry. In any case, with such a low downforce configuration on the track, this is a real set-up challenge for the engineers. And we drivers have to be smart considering our weight handicaps."

After the race on Sunday night, the entertainment will continue, with SRO organizing a two-hour free concert in the paddock, with a host of top Italian performers including Umberto Tozzi and Marco Masini, Irene Grandi, Simone Cristicchi, Povia, Jessica Morlacchi, Marco Baroni and Yle Motors and Music in Monza!

For all four Italian drivers in both cars, Monza is one of the places they know best because they have raced and won on this track since their early days in motorsport. Part of the weekend will be dedicated to the special guests and the fans with a question and answer session with the drivers starting at 11.00 at the Monza track. They are also very curious to meet and spend the weekend with the artists of the concert and see how the car sounds can match the music sounds.

-credit: sps

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Andrea Piccini , Andrea Bertolini , Giambattista Giannoccaro , Alessandro Pier Guidi