It has been an action-packed pre-season amidst the buzz and excitement of a new driver line-up announcement and also lining up on the grid in the Pro-class. Ex-F1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella will partner Pro-Ferrari driver James Calado and the experienced Marco Cioci for the upcoming 2017 season, that kicks off at ‘Temple of Speed’.
A trip to the Autodromo Nazionale Monza signals the start of the heart-pounding roars of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, Round 1 and the Kaspersky Motorsport team can’t wait to get the season underway this weekend! This year the Kaspersky Motorsport team will line-up with the all-new #55 Ferrari 488 GT3.
There will be an astonishing 53 cars competing for honors in Monza, all taking part in various GT car classes. Kaspersky Motorsport, after stepping up to the Pro-class, will be pushing for victory in the opening race for the Endurance Cup. With the team working hard in pre-season testing there is extra motivation in the garage to focus on claiming a well-deserved podium.
Monza is a driver favourite. It holds history and the track heritage stretches back to the 1940’s with Ferrari and every driver wants to win and become part of the continuing history. Each lap around the Autodromo Nazionale Monza is 5.97km, and it is one of the quickest tracks in the world of Motorsport, with more than one high-speed straight. It also consists of 11 corners with famous turns like Parabolica and Variante del Rettifilo which all put the drivers to the test for 3-hours of wheel-to-wheel racing.
It’s important for the race engineers, team strategists and pit crew to work hard on perfecting the car set-up for this weekend’s race event by analysing key data, that gives the drivers the best opportunity to put everything into practice in the opening event.
The team will be opting for a more balanced aero-package to help the car stick to the apexes and manage the understeer vs. oversteer battle, as well as accelerate the car to reach top speeds down the straights. The good news is that tyre wear is low, so the drivers will be able to push harder around the track and keep their foot on the throttle for 75% of the circuit. Braking remains hard, so the team will need to find the right brake bias.
The team is focused, the motivation is high and Kaspersky Motorsport is ready to enjoy the first race weekend of the season from the track and activities that await in Monza.
Here is the race weekend all laid out for you - http://www.blancpain-gt-series.com/event/77/blancp...You’ll also be able to tune into our Social Media channels, as well as watching live on the GT TV – streamed from the Blancpain GT website!