The excellent drivers of Bhai Tech Racing are ready to make their debut in the 2013 GT Open Championship, to be held on the track of Le Castellet next weekend. The Paul Ricard race will be the first of the eight races which compose the Championship’s racing calendar and will be competed on the most famous tracks all around the world: Portimao (May 11th-12th), Nurburgring (June 1st-2nd), Jerez (June, 15th-16th), Silverstone (July 13th-14th), Spa-Francorchamps (September 7th-8th) and Monza (October 5th-6th), before the final racing event to be held on the track of Barcelona, Spain, in November 9th to 10th.
Under the technical management of Mr. Roberto Costa, the engineer, the Padova-based team, whose headquarter is located in the cutting-edge technological centre called Bhai Tech Advanced Vehicle Science, which is equipped with a 6-DOF state-of-the-art full-motion driving simulator, a simulation and modelling software, a gym which is fully- fitted with the latest equipment where drivers can physically and mentally relax after sessions in the simulator, will take part in the opening race of the championship with two GTS class McLaren MP4 12C GT3, driven by four formula car drivers.
The car #65 will be driven by the Venetian GP2/08 champion Giorgio Pantano, who took also part in the F1 World Championship, in the Superleague Championship and in the IRL Championship. The Italian driver will team up with the Brazilian driver Suzuky, who raced in the F.3 Championship in Japan and Europe. The second racing crew (#66) will be composed by the Newzealander driver Chris Van der Drift, who will run his second racing season with Bhai Tech Racing Team and previously took part in the World Series Renault Championship, in the A1 Grand Prix Championship and in the Auto GP Championship. The Newzealander will team up with the Brazilian driver Luiz Razia, who was 2012 GP2 deputy champion and will race in a GT Championship for the first time.
“It’s going to be an apprenticeship weekend, as we’ll make our debut in the Championship. We’ll have to check all the upgrades introduced by FIA with regards to the turbo and have a deep knowledge of the McLaren which will be so different if compared to the 2012 version. It will be so important to understand which our starting point is and, above all, to know how much we’ll manage to progress session after session,” says Mr. Costa, the technical director “We’ll rely on our drivers’ support, even if they’re making their debut in the Championship. Only Van der Drift is more experienced than the others, as he ran with us the last few races of the Italian GT Championship. We’ll have to work a lot, but the two races will last long, as much as the Championship,” ends up the Bhai Tech’s engineer.