After Barcelona, the Circuit Paul Ricard in Southern France is hosting the second Winter Test ahead of the start of the International GT Open’s 2017 season. As in Spain, 19 cars (of which 17 GT3) are present, although not exactly the same ones. Along confirmed series contenders for this year that were present in both testing opportunities (BMW Team Teo Martín, SF Racing, FFF Racing Team, AF Corse, Spirit of Race, Ratón Racing), some others are doing their seasonal debut. This is the case of Garage 59, Solaris Motorsport, SPS Automotive Performance and Sports&You.
Excellent weather and track conditions welcomed everybody for Day 1 this morning.
BMW Team Teo Martín: The Spanish squad is testing more drivers; in France, its BMW M6 are entrusted to Filipe Barreiros-José Ibanez, with the Frenchman doing his debut alongside the Portuguese, and Sweden’s Victor Bouveng is again on the other car, paired this time with Argentina’s Juan Cruz Álvarez, already seen in the GT Open last year.
Garage59: The British squad is hitting the track for the first time this year, with its McLarens 650S and unchanged drivers, Duncan Tappy-Michael Benham and Alex West (Côme Ledogar is not present, as racing in Australia).
SF Racing: Team’s regulars Fu Songyang and Andrea Caldarelli are at the wheel of the Ferrari 488.
FFF Racing: Hiroshi Hamaguchi-Tonio Liuzzi continue preparation work with the Lambo Huracán.
SPS Automotive Performance: The German squad, one of the top new entries this year, discovers the GT Open with its Mercedes AMG and its confirmed line-up: Tom Onslow-Cole and Valentin Pierburg.
Solaris Motorsport: Francesco Sini and new recruit Mauro Calamia do their first outing together with the Aston Vantage they will drive in the season.
Ratón Racing: Following their brilliant performance in Barcelona, Edoardo Liberati and Ling Kang are again on track with the Lambo Huracán of the Italian new entry.
AF Corse: Marco Cioci-‘Eppe’ Perazzini pursue season’s preparation with their Ferrari 488.
Spirit of Race: First outing for the stellar duo recently annonunced: Miguel Ramos-Mikkel Mac. Another Ferrari 488 is in the hands of Olivier Beretta, Lorenzo Bontempelli and Motoaki Ishikawa. The Swiss-licensed team brings also two 458 GT3 for Mario Cordoni-Andrea Montermini, and Toshiyuki Ochai and coach Rui Aguas.
Sports&You: The reigning force in GT Am, is present with a new pair of Brazilian drivers, Flavio Figuereido-Marcio Basso, who are expected to drive a second Mercedes AMG entry by the Lusitanian squad this year.
Kessel Racing: The Swiss squad is taking part again in the test, this time with a Ferrari 458 GT3 (Niki Cadei-Alexis De Bernardis) and one 458 Challenge for Tusco Cavalli and his coach, Swiss former F1 driver Andrea Chiesa.
AB Sport Auto: The French team is on an exploration tour with its Lambo Huracán GT3. Joffrey De Narda, Maxime Jousse and Harry Teneketzian share driving duties.
AGS Groupe: This other French team is using the opportunity to test with its Lambo Huracán SuperTrofeo for José Collado-Nicolas Gomar.