Estoril: JMB Racing race report

JMB Racing's New Ferrari 575 Maranello Victorious in Debut Miramar, FL. Round 9 of the FIA GT Championship was dominated by JMB Racing as the French team swept both the GT and NGT categories for a double victory in Estoril, Portugal. The debut...

JMB Racing's New Ferrari 575 Maranello Victorious in Debut

Miramar, FL. Round 9 of the FIA GT Championship was dominated by JMB Racing as the French team swept both the GT and NGT categories for a double victory in Estoril, Portugal. The debut of the new Ferrari 575 Maranello GTC was an immediate success as the team took home the victory in the car's maiden race.

Fabio Babini and Phillip Peter piloted the #9 Ferrari 575 to a GT class win after a difficult season with the 550 Maranellos that were fast but unreliable. The new 575 proved to be a force from the first time on the track on Friday, finishing the day 2nd in the free practices. Following the race Phillip Peter was overjoyed with emotion, "It is amazing to have this new 575, put it on the race track and win the first race! Even the most positive guys did not expect this!" Peter explained.

Babini was thrilled with his opportunity to drive the new 575, "I am very happy with this first win and I would like to thank JMB, Pirelli and N- Technology for all their hard work in making this happen."

Pirelli provided a new tire for JMB this weekend, and both drivers were extremely pleased. "I want to thank Pirelli as they brought us a new compound for the race. I was pushing really hard the last stint and we didn't have any problems", explained Peter.

Meanwhile, in the NGT category, Andrea Bertolini and Fabrizio De Simone took the checkered flag for the third time this season in the #52 Ferrari 360 Modena, completing JMB Racing's Portugal domination by claiming victory in both classes. Bertolini and De Simone were extremely happy with the race and the new tire compound. "We had fantastic tires. Pirelli did incredible work. The tires were very consistent throughout the stint, it was quite easy work for me" De Simone commented.

The victory places De Simone in the middle of the title chase heading into the final race of the championship. Round 10 of 10 of the FIA GT Championship will be held on October 19th, 2003 at Monza, Italy.

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Phillip Peter , Fabio Babini , Andrea Bertolini