The pilot chic & basic, European Champion 2012, can again make history.
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 3-11-2016.- Today Thursday and Friday morning several free practice sessions will take place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya corresponding to the last race of the International GT Open, continental championship in which a Spanish pilot Fernando Monje, can make history because it is the only of our country with real possibilities champion.
Fernando Monje teams up with Gustavo Yacamán Colombian driver behind the wheel of a BMW M6 GT3 of BMW Team Teo Martin, winning structure of this same tournament in 2015. After six events, this tandem reaches the Barcelona circuit keeping all options to the title in front rivals, the Italians Fabrizio Crestani-Thomas Biagi (Lamborghini).
To date, Fernando Monje and his partner have won a victory (Red Bull Ring-Austria) and four second places (Estoril, Paul Ricard, Silverstone and Monza), and other places off the podium and pole position (Spa).
Fernando Monje chooses the title running to his liking and that always gives encouragement to the pilots: "Under normal circumstances we would be satisfied with a good position in the first race and attack the victory in the second, but the title being at stake we decided to go try to get the win from the start. " All podium positions are penalized ahead of the next race with a handicap in the form of seconds of time.
Fernando Monje: 'We have pressure but also the current leaders because they can not make any mistakes. We know the track well but there will be more drivers competing this year than ever before, it will make life very difficult for all testing. We are within the current team champion, Teo Martin, driving a BMW M6 that has proved their competitiveness and we compenetramos well with Gustavo, so we are optimistic and with high spirits'.
Catalan program schedule appointment
In addition to private tests, the 1st qualifying (Saturday 5, 11:20 a.m.) will mark the starting grid for the first race, which takes place over 70 'from the 4:15 p.m.. 2nd grade (Sunday, 6, 9:40 a.m.) give way to the final race will begin at 2:15 p.m. and will last 60 '.
In ten editions, all winners that make up the history of the International GT Open are outside Spain, except one: Alvaro Barba, in 2010. Fernando Monje, after being European Touring Car Champion in 2012, only Spanish to get it, can again make history for national motorsports.
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