ETCC: LG Super Racing Magny-Cours preview

After an excellent start to the 2003 season in Barcelona, the LG Super Racing Weekend series moves on to round two, which will take place at the French circuit of Magny-Cours, situated near the central French city of Nevers. Although the...

After an excellent start to the 2003 season in Barcelona, the LG Super Racing Weekend series moves on to round two, which will take place at the French circuit of Magny-Cours, situated near the central French city of Nevers. Although the circuit has hosted rounds of the Super Racing Weekend series in both 2001 and 2002, the track has undergone significant changes over the winter, and the teams and drivers taking part in the multi-series platform will be the first to try out the new layout.

This weekend will see the second round in the FIA GT Championship, after the domination of the Ferrari cars in Barcelona, when BMS Scuderia Italia occupied all podium positions in the GT category, while JMB Racing and Team Maranello Concessionaires finished at the top in N-GT.

In the FIA European Touring Car Championship, the wins are even so far between BMW and Alfa Romeo, although BMW has the advantage in the Manufacturers Championship.

Double Barcelona winner, Neel Jani, will be back for the second race meeting of the new Formula Renault V6 Eurocup , after being named test driver for Formula One team Sauber. The Trofeo Maserati will once more be joining the Renault Sport Clio Trophy and Renault Sport Elf Clio International Cup as support races.

MAGNY-COURS- ACCORDING TO ALLIOT

Former Formula One driver Philippe Alliot took part in 109 Formula One Grands Prix between 1984 and 1994. Since then, he has competed in most forms of motorsport, and over the past three years has taken part in the FIA GT Championship. From last season, he has raced with Force One, the team he founded with singer-songwriter David Hallyday. Abandoning their 'unlucky' Ferrari 550 Maranello, the team has opted for the Chrysler Viper GTS-R, entering two cars in this year's Championship.

"Many people seem to think Magny-Cours is a circuit without much interest, but I like it. There are some very fast sections, which are therefore very difficult, and then there were the three chicanes. In general, a chicane isn't something that a driver appreciates, but at Magny-Cours, they were all great and good fun to drive. One is a blind corner, a second is very fast, and the third, downhill and not at all easy, has been eliminated with the new layout. Now, it has been replaced with a section that will give extra overtaking possibilities. Personally, it's a circuit that I like a lot, and which is a lot more difficult than it appears to be. However, no-one has actually driven the new circuit yet, as it is not yet open, and we will all be discovering it together, with the LG Super Racing Weekend next weekend."

Circuit length : 4411 m
Location : 20 km south of Nevers
Circuit web site : www.magnyf1.com

Eurosport Coverage :

Saturday 26th April :
08:30 - 09:30 : LG Super Racing Weekend^Ù Magazine (replay)
11:30 - 12:45 : Renault FR V6 Eurocup - the Grand Race LIVE
18:30 - 19:00 : FIA GT & ETCC - Magazine from the pit lane and paddock - LIVE

Sunday 27th April:
15:15 - 16:15 : FIA ETCC races LIVE
19:00 - 20:00 : FIA GT race highlights

Friday 2nd May :
20:30 - 21:30 : LG Super Racing Weekend^Ù Magazine

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