GIOVANARDI SETS SIGHTS ON TOP TEN Wet weather made it hard for pundits to pick between the abundance of international racing stars at today's V8 Supercar Queensland Raceway test, but Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing is confident. Known in Europe as...
GIOVANARDI SETS SIGHTS ON TOP TEN
Wet weather made it hard for pundits to pick between the abundance of international racing stars at today's V8 Supercar Queensland Raceway test, but Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing is confident.
Known in Europe as the most successful touring car driver of all time, Fabrizio Giovanardi will pair with Karl Reindler in this weekend's Gold Coast 6oo endurance event.
In today's test Giovanardi, who drove with 888 in the 2008 endurance races, got up to speed almost immediately and is aiming for a top-ten finish on the streets of Surfers Paradise this weekend.
Practice starts on Friday at 10.15am
Introducing - FABRIZIO GIOVANARDI
- Born in Sassuolo, Italy, where he lives just minutes from the Ferrari test track
- Ferrari's F1 test driver in 2001, standing in for Luca Badoer who was injured during a testing accident
- In Europe, Giovanardi is referred to as the most successful touring car driver of all time, having notched up eight national and international titles, more than any other driver. (BTCC Champion 2007 & 2008, 1992 Italian Touring Car Champion S2 Class, 1997 Spanish Touring Car Champion, Italian Touring Car Champion 1998 & 1999, 2000 & 2001 European Super Touring Cup Champion, 2002 ETCC Champion)
- He competed at Bathurst in 2008 with 888, finishing 15th with Mark Hynes
- Giovanardi finished third in the 2005 WTCC. He dropped out of the title chase at the final round in Macau, crashing in leg one of a double-header. With only minutes between races, the team was not able to fix the car in time for the start of race two
Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing "It's hard to really gauge where everyone is; it's a typical test day scenario in that you don't know who's in the car when they set their quick times, or what tyres they've got on. You can only gauge your performance on your team-mate's.
"A lot of people are talking about it being a race of attrition but the standard of racing in V8s is always good and these international guys are the best in the world. I think everyone's doing a good job from what I can see so I don't think there's going to be as many crashes as people think."
Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Co-Driver "It was a long time ago I drove the Ford; it was heavier in the movement but it is a really difficult comparison for me. More or less; the difficulty is all the same.
"I'm struggling to find the right way to drive this car because I'm coming from a different type of car; you have to make an unusual line for the corner because you have not the differential. I believe the biggest trouble from this car is to feel the tyres on the tarmac. If you're not feeling the tyres it's difficult to find the limit. You could try like I did it in Bathurst; I was pretty fast, in a wall! For us it would be easy to make mistake to find the limit; you have to push but be careful.
"I hope to be in the top ten. If I look back to Bathurst I was eighth in the end before Coulthard spun me in the restart so I believe we can be there. It's important for me to do well; it's my DNA."
The Gold Coast's annual motor racing carnival will in 2010 become a three-day motoring feast, showcasing the excitement and adrenalin of Australia's V8 Supercars with an injection of overseas talent.
The V8 Supercars will race in the Gold Coast 600 competition over two days with a radical new endurance race requiring each team to include one international co-driver within their stable, meaning there will be 18 International drivers in total.
The internationals need to complete 1/3 of the race distance in both the Saturday and Sunday 300km races. The International 'star' drivers will include exceptional Australian overseas racing talent, as well as highly credentialed foreigners.