FIA GT and SRWC share Monza 1000

For the second year, the traditional 1000 km of Monza has been split into two races, with the first 500 km to be driven by the GT and N-GT cars of the FIA GT Championship, while the second 500 km will be completed by the Sports Racing and Sports Racing Lights competitors from the Sports Racing World Cup

FIA GT and SRWC share Monza 1000

38 cars are due to take part in the third round of the 2000 FIA GT Championship, of which 14 are competing in the N-GT class. Overall victory in the first two races went to the Lister team, raising the British flag to the top of the podium for the first time in this Championship. They have been closely followed by the pack of Vipers, however, with the Paul Belmondo Racing team and Mike Hezemans in the Carsport Holland cars leading
the way. After Estoril's rain-shorted race, Monza should give the Vipers a chance to take their revenge - aided perhaps by the Lister's handicap ballast of 60 kg.

N-GT victory has gone to the Larbre Competition duo of Christophe Bouchut and Patrice Goueslard in the first two races. In Monza, however, the ranks of Porsche 996 GT3-Rs will be joined by three Ferrari 360 Modenas, entered by Supertech Engineering, JMB Competition and Loris Kessel Racing. Foremost among the drivers is former F1 Ferrari driver Ivan Cappelli, who will share the Supertech Modena with Eric Pinot.

The second round of the SportsRacing World Cup has an entry list of twenty eight cars, including fifteen Lights.

The Ferrari 333SPs dominated the first round at Barcelona, with victory going to reigning championship JB Giesse, followed by the GLV Brums car. However, Motorola DAMS, who considered the first round a test for their two Cadillac Northstars, will be looking for a significantly better result at Monza. Another teams hoping for better luck will be Kremer Racing - who won the Monza 1000 km in 1997 - after undergoing electrical problems and a
driveshaft failure in Barcelona. Their Lola Roush Ford will be driven by German drivers Ralf Kelleners and Christian Gläsel.

New to the series is Franz Konrad, who hopes to enter his new Lola B2K/10 in the race. The ever-successful owner-driver will share the car with Jan Lammers and Sascha Maassen. If, however, the car is not ready, he will enter last year's Le Mans car. It will be a busy weekend for Konrad, as he is also has two Porsche 911 GT2s entered in the FIA GT Championship.

The SportsRacing Lights category looks likely to see a battle between the Italian Lucchini squad, which set the pace at Barcelona, and the English Redman Bright team, hopefully without the gearbox problems that blighted their Spanish outing. Pierre Bruneau and Marc Rostan, second in the first round in their new Debora BMW, will also be out for victory.

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