Automobilsport #23

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BPR Global GT Series

Rebirth of the cool – 1994
The golden year – 1995
The land of lost content – 1996
Ne Plus Ultra – Hypercars in the BPR Global GT Series

The rules and regulations governing the Global Endurance GT Series changed slightly for the new season. The ACO reduced both the homologation numbers and the minimum weight. Their aim was to increase the chances of a GT taking overall victory in their classic race. A new title sponsor, Kärcher, was a sure sign that BPR was on the rise. Tissot and Shell signed up as well. Official sanction also was evident as, following a meeting with FIA President Max Mosley, BPR were encouraged to apply for FIA approval and a backdated championship status. This was granted a few weeks later, and a GT championship was born!

The momentum that BPR had accumulated in its first season was turbocharged by the impending arrival of McLaren and the F1 GTR. No fewer than six examples would be on the grid once the season got properly underway. Gulf Oil had made an alliance with GTC Competition, meaning that the McLarens of Ray Bellm and Lindsay Owen-Jones would sport the iconic blue-and-orange colours. David Price Racing planned to run Thomas Bscher and John Nielsen in the German banker’s F1 GTR, and it was soon announced that the team would also take on responsibility for Moody Fayed’s car, complete with Harrods sponsorship, courtesy of his uncle. Jacardi Racing would be on the grid after the first few rounds with Olivier Grouillard and Fabien Giroix behind the wheel, and the final example of Woking’s finest was to be from Jean-Luc Maury-Laribière; he would share the car with Laurent Lecuyer, and it would be run by BBA Compétition.

From Maranello a pair of revised Ferrari F40 GT Evoluzione racers had been entered by Ferrari Club Italia. Michelotto had been hard at work during the winter; the aerodynamics had been optimised, the chassis stiffened and a sequential gearbox had been designed and fitted. Olofsson and della Noce would continue their partnership in the Ferrari; the other car would be driven by Gary Ayles, Massimo Monti and Fabio Mancini. Another strong F40 project came from the Pilot Aldix outfit, owned by Stéphane Ratel, with Michel Ferté and Olivier Thévenin on driving duties in their leading car.

Porsche responded to Larbre Compétition’s appeal for an increase in the pace of development of the 911 GT2 to take full advantage of the top class’s regulations. More power would be available soon, up to 550 bhp, which would enhance their chances against the McLarens. And there were other promising GT1 projects arriving: De Tomaso Pantera, Jaguar XJ220, Lister Storm, Dodge Viper and Venturi 600 LM, to name but a few.

In GT2 (BPR GT3) Porsche had a new contender, based on their latest 993 model, aiming to put both Callaway and Ferrari back in their place. Lotus revealed a completely revised Esprit GT project in the development stage, with their former F1 star Alex Zanardi leading the team…

Pages: 144
Publishing house: Sportfahrer
Language: English
Format: 210 x 297 Millimeter


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Weight 2.25 kg


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