Paul Ricard: Matteo Bobbi preview

PODIUM AMBITIONS AT THE EVE OF LE CASTELLET The FIA GT championship will be back on track this weekend in France for the penultimate round of the season at Le Castellet. Matteo Bobbi, coming from the sixth place at Portimao, will be again...

PODIUM AMBITIONS AT THE EVE OF LE CASTELLET

The FIA GT championship will be back on track this weekend in France for the penultimate round of the season at Le Castellet.

Matteo Bobbi, coming from the sixth place at Portimao, will be again at the wheel of the MC12 Maserati belonging to the Vitaphone Racing Team DHL, tyred Michelin, and will have the objective to aim again at the podium. He and his crew-mate Alessandro Pier Guidi will have 20kg of ballast on boards, an handicap definitely less penalyzing than the 70kg carried at the Algarve.

The circuit Paul Ricard is located at Le Castellet: opened on the 19 April 1970, it has been the home of the French Formula One Grand Prix until 1990. Its most characteristic trait is the Signes turn, to be run through flat out after the very long straight of Mistral.

In 1986, after the dramatic incident that took the life of Elio de Angelis, the track was first cut shorter and then, after 1990, it was abandoned. In 1999, the structure was bought by Bernie Ecclestone who renewed it adding the most advanced data acquisition systems for testing days, which are nowadays the principal activity of the circuit.

Matteo Bobbi:

"The reduced handicap weight will allow us to obtain a better balancing of the car than that at Portimao, but the race on Sunday announces anyway to be tough for us. Restrictors imposed by rule to the MC12 could influence performances more than in other tracks therefore I fear we will have to defend ourselves from rivals' attacks; however, we still have some work-margin to aim at a good result and the podium is at our reach".

-credit: matteobobbi.com

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Matteo Bobbi , Alessandro Pier Guidi , Bernie Ecclestone