Pearson closing on FIA GT drive

Clio racer Rick Pearson has moved a step closer to a drive in the FIA GT Championship after revealing he will test Wieth Racing's Ferrari 550 GTS Maranello early next week. Pearson visited the team headquarters in Germany for a seat fitting...

Clio racer Rick Pearson has moved a step closer to a drive in the FIA GT Championship after revealing he will test Wieth Racing's Ferrari 550 GTS Maranello early next week.

Pearson visited the team headquarters in Germany for a seat fitting at the beginning of January, fuelling rumours that he was set to graduate to a full time race seat with the Wieth team. Having spent the past two years competing in the FIA GT support package, making his mark on the competitive Clio V6 Championship with British team Mark Fish Motorsport, Pearson is a prime candidate for one of the few remaining FIA GT seats. As he explains, "A drive in the FIA GT Championship has been on the cards for quite a while. I've watched with interest as Wieth Racing developed the GTS Maranello for the 2003 championship and initial testing reports are very positive.

"The car has been completely rebuilt since its last outing and I've now been invited to test the car at Misano on Wednesday. Negotiations are progressing well and I'm looking forward to getting to grips with the Ferrari."

In addition to familiarising himself with the latest developments on the car, Pearson has issued an open invitation to any interested parties, including potential sponsors and supporters, to join the team at the Italian circuit. All guests will be collected at the airport on Tuesday 11th February and delivered back in time to catch the return Ryan Air flight to Stanstead airport on Wednesday evening.

Pearson said: "This is a great opportunity for anyone considering becoming more closely involved in my FIA GT campaign and likewise, a fantastic opportunity for any fans hoping for some on-track action before the official start of the season."

The Kent-based driver has also confirmed that he will continue his long time relationship with Mintex in 2003, with the Ferrari expected to switch to Dunlop tyres upon his arrival in the team.

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