Attracts Big Names - First GP2 and WS Stars Announced
The International GT Open round that will take place in the Valencia Street Circuit on 26-27 July is not only attracting a lot of attention from the international racing community and media, as this will be the first event to be held in the new circuit that will host the European Formula 1 GP end of August; it is also attracting a lot of new entries from GT teams all over Europe and a lot of big names.
Young stars from GP 2 and other key formulas, like the World Series by Renault, will be very well represented in the event, as they see it as a perfect opportunity to discover the new track. While rumors on the final number of ‘big names’ taking part to the event and their identity still go on, confirmations received to date are as follows. •
Scuderia La Torre, who won the GTS category in the 2007 International GT Open, is back to ours series with three Dodge Viper Coupé GT3, and will enter 5 GP2 drivers. Team owner Riccardo Romagnoli will share one car with current GP2 leader, Italy’s Giorgio Pantano, while Briton Mike Conway will partner with Dutch-Chinese Ho-Pin Tung on a second car and a third will be entrusted toVenezuela’s Pastor Maldonado and Belgium’s Jérôme D’Ambrosio.
• Villois Racing is entering another GP2 star, Italy’s Luca Filippi, who will share one of the team’s Aston Martin DBRS9 with Max Wiser.• Escudería Roger Racing enters an additional Ferrari F430 in the GTS category, which will be driven by Spaniard Javier Villa and Russian Vitaly Petrov.• Two of the leading World Series drivers, the Valencian brothers Álvaro and Marco Barba, did not want to miss this special event in their home soil; thanks to the support of Micromed, they will participate in the GTA category race at the wheel of a Mosler MT900 from MC Motorsports.
Other additions, including Spanish GP2 driver Roldán Rodríguez, are expected in the forthcoming hours. Entries for the Valencia Street Circuit GT Open will close onFriday 18 July.