ETCC: Johnny Cecotto pondering German offers

Next January 25, Johnny Cecotto will be 47 and he still figures as one of the most important drivers on the European Touring Car series scene. Cecotto is pondering the different proposals for the 2003 season, in which he could defend his German...

Next January 25, Johnny Cecotto will be 47 and he still figures as one of the most important drivers on the European Touring Car series scene.

Cecotto is pondering the different proposals for the 2003 season, in which he could defend his German V8Star crown or return to the German touring masters championship, best known as DTM, which calendar starts next April.

The best Venezuelan racing car driver of 2002 might also make a trip to Florida in the second week of March to take part in the 51st edition of the 12 hours of Sebring, open round of the ALM series. He was invited by Gabriele Rafanelli who hopes on the track the same Ferrari Maranello 550GTS as the one he used last year which Cecotto therefore calls the 12 minutes of Sebring! There is also a possibility that the Caracas driver takes part in the 24 hours of Nürburgring next July in a BMW.

"So far we have not decided anything - said Cecotto from his house in Italy - Next week I shall have a meeting with Irmscher Team in Germany. Also with Rafanelli I have had talks, but o far nothing is definite, although I very much hope to participate. On the other hand, I would like to thank the Venezuelan media for electing me Best Driver of 2002".

The two time V8Star class champion raced last December during the International Motor Show in Bologna in Italy in front of a crowd of 50.000 and finished second in the Irmscher car. Irmscher prepared a special edition of the Opel Omega and named it Cecotto, as BMW did ten years ago with their special M3.

Johnny Cecotto's son , Johnny Amadeus, who was born 13 years ago in Germany, is starting in junior karting in Italy and once the weather conditions improve, he will go to a track near Treviso. "At every race he shows his skills - said the proud father - so far he has done only 6 races. Last December he took part in a race in Barcelona, Spain, but he skidded off the track due to rain". His son looks forward to participating in the Italian Junior Championship, but they are waiting for the new rules of this series to come out.

Finally, the veteran ace is concerned about the Venezuelan political situation and for this reason he is postponing his return to his country to visit his father, his friends and the beautuful beaches.

-Octavio Estrada/www.prototipos.net

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