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Villorba Corse, Phil Quaife For Blancpain In 2014

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Having taken Andrea Montermini to the Super GT title of the International GT Open in 2013, Scuderia Villorba Corse will be making its debut in GT3 racing with a two-pronged programme in the Blancpain GT Series.

The first of these will see Francesco Castellacci, Stefano Gai and Andrea Rizzoli teaming up in a Ferrari 458 GT3 in the Pro-Am category of the Blancpain Endurance series, beginning at the team’s home round at Mona on April 13th.

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“Our entry into the GT3 world is the proper continuation of our work,” said Team Principal Raimondo Amadio.” We are honoured to be able to do it with Ferrari and to compete in one of the most important international championships. It will be a busy season, but we have a very well matched crew of three young drivers. We are ready and we are going to push hard.”

The second programme sees the team fielding a GT3 Ferrari for Montermini and Filip Salaquarda in the Blancpain Sprint Series – the only Ferrari so far in the series which kicks off at Nogaro a week after the BES.

The news strongly suggests that the GT Open does not feature in the team’s plans this year.

Meanwhile, Phil Quaife has announced his return to racing after an absence of two years, having signed for Boutsen Ginion Racing to drive a McLaren MP4-12C GT3 in the BES.

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The 28-year-old (third from left) was part of the Lapidus Racing crew that took victory in a McLaren at the 2012 Barcelona 24 Hours

The deal was inked after a two day test at Spa.