Piccione switches to GT1 with Hexis
|By Matt Beer
||Saturday, March 6th 2010, 18:20 GMT
Former GP2 race winner and A1GP frontrunner Clivio Piccione is to switch to sportscars this year, having signed for the Hexis Aston Martin team in the new GT1 World Championship.
The 26-year-old had initially hoped to bring his Team Monaco operation into GT1, but when that deal failed to come off, he signed to race for Hexis instead.
"I met [Hexis boss] Philippe Dumas when we heard about the FIA GT1 World Championship a few months ago," Piccione explained.
"We then had in mind to create a common structure to Hexis AMR and Team Monaco. Unfortunately, Team Monaco couldn't gather enough financial means to take part in this new championship, and our project fell through. Despite everything, I kept good relations with Philippe, and I showed my interest in joining Hexis AMR's structure.
"Driving a GT is a first for me. But I'm serene and on good terms with Hexis AMR: I trust them and they trust me."
Hexis has already announced that Jean-Denis Deletraz and Frederic Makowiecki will share its other car. It has not revealed the identity of Piccione's team-mate yet.