Blancpain Champions Vita4One Team Italy Join British GT Grid


The Avon Tyres British GT Championship grid for 2013 will be further boosted with the addition of reigning Blancpain Endurance Series Endurance Champions Cup and Pro-Am Vice-Champions, Vita4One Team Italy entering the series with a single-car entry.

British driver Jay Palmer will bring his knowledge to the team for the UK calendar as he shares the Ferrari 458 GT3 with Team Prinicpal Matteo Bobbi.

Bobbi comes with a wealth of racing knowledge under his belt as former FIA GT and FIA GT2 Champion with the added accolade of being test driver for the Minardi team in Formula 1 in 2001.

The team will set out to build on their impressive record of fourteen podiums from twenty one races and have already undergone an extensive winter testing programme at Vallelunga, Motorland Aragon, Estoril, Jerez and Oulton Park.

With the first round of the British GT championship weeks away the season has already got underway for the team with a third-place finish in the GT Open Paul Ricard Winter Series event.

A confident Jay Palmer talked about his aspirations for the season ahead: “I think we will definitely be protagonists in the championship, I don’t see any reason not to be.” 

“We don’t underestimate the competition will be tough, it’s a tough championship, but it always has been, as nobody is here to make up the numbers; that’s the draw. We’ve seen over the past two season that it isn’t about winning every race, its about being consistent and getting the points on the board; keeping out of trouble is a must.

“The team have a strong pedigree and they’ve been very successful with the Ferrari in a short space of time. The car itself is a very well balanced, confidence-inspiring machine, and my team-mate is pretty handy so I’m very happy to be driving with him. I’m really just looking forward to getting going and racing in the best national GT championship in the world.”

Matteo Bobbi added: “I’m very motivated to be in the British GT Championship as a driver and as a team principal. We are really looking forward to the racing, it will be a very competitive championship and it will be a big challenge for us to compete against the best drivers and teams from the UK.”