A two-day test at the Misano track this week has yielded much positive news about the entry list for the 2014 Italian GT Championship, with returnees, newcomers and some big names too.
NEWS 1: It was confirmed recently that Autorlando will be back with a vengeance this year, but now it transpires that it will be a three car team! Alongside Babini and Bianco in a full 2014 GT3 R, will be two other GT3 cars driven by Matteo Beretta – now with a few years of experience with the Bergamo team – with a partner yet to be confirmed, and by the Gentleman pairing of Maurizio Fratti and Beppe Ghezzi.
NEWS 2: The Malucelli team, which angrily withdrew from the championship almost two years ago after the Mugello summer round after complaining about the bad BOP in the Cup class, will be back in the GT3 class with a Ferrari 458 Italia; for the first round at least with Matteo Malucelli himself and Marco Galassi. The driver pairing should change during the year, and probably from the second round at Monza in June.
NEWS 3: The Mercedes will be back in the series, with an SLS for the DeLorenzi team. But the big news concerns the teammate of Gianluca DeLorenzi…which will be none other than the ex-F1 lady Giovanni Amati. The deal was done very late, but the true Pro-driver combination will be a title contender, maybe not from the start but for sure from the second round at Monza.
NEWS 4: The American boys will be back again with, now, a very up to date Corvette GT3. RC Motorsport will have two Pro drivers in Kevin D’Amico and Roberto Benedetti. After the exploits of Di Benedetto and Del Castello in previous years, the “Vette” could be a title contender, with its strong engine, especially considering the double races at Monza in June and October.
NEWS 5: The MP1 Corse with his Ferrari 458 Italia will have Andrea Balzan and Dario Benucci at least for the Misano test days, but the two drivers for the season are still to be choose
Finally the GT CUP class is moving and at the very last moments some deals has been done: Antonelli Motorsport will race three Porsche 911s for Galbiati-Cicognani, Alessandri-Macori and Carrisi-Papaux; EbiMotors will have a car for the nickname driver “Spez”; the 2013 Team Champions, Heaven Motorsport, will have two 911s also, one with Domenico ‘Mimmo’ Schiattarella and Stefano Quinzio, the other for Bodega and another driver to be named; and last but not least, Bonaldi Motorsport will race a Lamborghini Gallardo for Mirko Zanardini and another driver for the full season.
All in all, not bad for a 2014 season where almost all the Italian series are struggling even to start.