Alfa runs driver mega test

Brazilian ex-Formula 1 drivers Enrique Bernoldi and Tarso Marques head a list of 12 drivers who will take part in Alfa Romeo's big two-car driver evaluation day tomorrow (Wednesday)

Alfa runs driver mega test

The Italian manufacturer's Autodelta works European Touring Car Championship team is running a pair of this year's 156 ETCC racers at Adria Raceway. "We have organized all this, in order to evaluate the opportunity of including new drivers in our line-up for the 2004 FIA ETCC season," explained team manager Monica Sipsz.

It's thought that up to six top-line Alfas could be run in the 2004 ETCC by Autodelta and satellite teams. Joining Marques and Bernoldi in contention are the Brazilian's old Renault F3 team-mate Nicolas Minassian - who like Marques also has Champ Car experience.

Recently-crowned Spanish F3 Champion Ricardo Mauricio (who like Marques, Bernoldi and Minassian has plenty of F3000 tracktime behind him too) is the third Brazilian in the test.

More drivers on the list with a single-seater background include Jonathan Cochet (the 2000 French Formula 3 Champion), Euro 3000 runner Matteo Grassotto, and Finnish Italian Formula Renault series star Toni Vilander. Italian Michele Bartyan is also a former Formula Renault runner.

Luca Rangoni is an ex-F3 star, but more recently has notched up four Renault Clio Championship wins, while Swiss Gabriele Gardel is an FIA GT driver.

Completing the dozen are stars from the Alfa 147 Cup - Italian Simone Iacone and Dutchman Phil Bastiaans.

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