LG Super Racing Weekend Newsletter nr 3 - March 1st 2004 With less than a month before the first event of the season, and three days before the official launch of the 2004 season, the entry deadline has passed for both...
LG Super Racing Weekend
Newsletter nr 3 - March 1st 2004
With less than a month before the first event of the season, and three days before the official launch of the 2004 season, the entry deadline has passed for both the FIA GT and FIA European Touring Car Championships, as far as full season entries are concerned. The Official Launch will take place on March 4th, at the Italian circuit of Monza, which will also host the first event of the season, between March 26th and 28th.
2004 FIA EUROPEAN TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP - ENTRY LIST
Full season entries to the 2004 FIA European Touring Car Championship closed on Saturday, February 28th. However, as in the previous seasons, competitors will be also allowed to enter on a race-by-race basis. A provisional entry list will be released on March 4th, on the occasion of the LG Super Racing Weekend series' Media Day, in Monza.
So far, KSO, promoter of the FIA European Touring Championship, has received copies of 20 entry forms, representing 11 teams. The entries include six Alfa Romeo 156 cars (three TS and three GTA), seven BMW 320i cars, two SEAT Toledo Cupra cars, three Honda Civic cars and two Ford Focus ST170 cars.
However, five more cars are expected to join the field for the season's opening event in Monza, on March 27th and 28th. These include SEAT Sport Italia's Toledo Cupra for Gianni Morbidelli, two Carly Motors BMWs and the first Peugeot 307 driven by former F1 star Jan Magnussen. Later in the season the Danish driver will be joined by his fellow countryman Jason Watt in a sister car. By the Media Day, SEAT Sport might confirm the participation to the whole championship of a third Toledo Cupra works car backed by SEAT Sweden; Touring Car ace Rickard Rydell is in the frame as the possible driver.
With a record field, estimated to include a minimum of 25 cars per meeting, the FIA European Touring Car Championship is facing a booming season, that will reach its climax in the two events in Spa (July 30th and 31st) and Oschersleben (September 18th and 19th), when rounds counting towards the German DMSB Produktionswagen Meisterschaft will be run within the FIA ETCC races. The addition of the German cars should increase the field to a massive 45 cars.
The 2004 season will see the first trip of the FIA European Touring Car Championship outside the European borders, with the final meeting hosted by the brand new racetrack of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, on October 8th and 9th.
2004 FIA GT CHAMPIONSHIP - FULL SEASON ENTRY LIST
After the closing date for entries to the 2004 FIA GT Championship, at midnight, Saturday February 28th, SRO has received copies of 35 full-season entry forms, which have been sent to the FIA. A number of these entries are still to be confirmed.
However, it would appear that there is a big increase in the GT class for this eighth season of the Championship, with no fewer than 27 cars sending in entry forms, while the N-GT class has received eight full-season entrants.
In the GT class, a total of seven Ferrari 575 M and four 550 Maranello cars would bring the total number of Ferrari cars taking part to eleven. Their main opposition would come from a strong squad of five Saleen S7-R cars and four Lister Storms, with two Chrysler Viper cars also taking part.
Two Maserati and two Lamborghini R-GT cars have sent in full-season registrations, while using the option laid down in the Sporting Regulations to defer their starting date to later in the season.
With the Aston Martin likely to enter the Championship at the very end of the season, this would mean no fewer than three new Manufacturers entering the GT class during the course of the 2004 season.
In the N-GT class, a number of programmes are still being finalised, but there would appear to be a well-balanced category for 2004, with four Porsche cars battling against four Ferrari 360 Modena cars. This limited number of full-season entrants will be completed by a number of race-by-race entrants, bringing the grids up to close to the maximum number of cars allowed by the regulations.
A complete list of the full-season entrants will be issued by the FIA during the second week of March, after the receipt of the entry fees has been confirmed.
FORMULA RENAULT V6 EUROCUP
Between 18 and 22 single-seaters are expected to line up on the grid in Monza for the first race weekend of the second season of the Formula Renault V6 Eurocup.
The first official test session will start on March 3rd, at the Paul Ricard circuit in France. However, a FR V6 car will be giving demonstration laps during the official launch of the 2004 LG Super Racing Weekend series, at Monza on March 4th.
The Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup should see grids of around 34 cars; 22 drivers took part in the first official test a week ago.
The first entry lists will be available later this month.