The 2010 Trofeo Abarth 500 GB

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

The Trofeo Abarth 500 GB race series was officially launched last week at Silverstone, with selected guests, drivers and race teams invited to inspect, admire and test the Abarth 500 Assetto Corse race cars, while learning more about the proposed 2010 series. Among the guests were comedian Patrick Kielty and supermodel Jodie Kidd.

Comedian Patrick Kielty and supermodel Jodie Kidd were at the launch

Comedian Patrick Kielty and supermodel Jodie Kidd were at the launch

Since the Trofeo Abarth 500 Europe came to Brands Hatch earlier this year, the rumoured British version of the series has been the talk of the paddock. Following feedback from drivers, teams and sponsors, the series is now in its final stages of preparation. It launches with the stated aim of creating a package of racing that benefits all stakeholders – from competitors and sponsors, to owners and fans.

Abarth 500 Trophy at Brands Hatch

Abarth 500 Trophy at Brands Hatch

The provisional race calendar is as follows:-

Provisional 2010 Trofeo Abarth 500 GB Race Calendar

3/5 April Oulton Park (supporting F3/GT)
17/18 April Silverstone GP (supporting FIA Formula Two)
TBC Snetterton (supporting BSB)
17/18 July Brands Hatch GP (supporting FIA Formula Two and WTCC)
24/25 July Silverstone GP (supporting Silverstone Classic, HSSC)
4/5 September Brands Hatch Indy (event TBC)
TBC Spa

The Abarth dealer network has been encouraged to support the series, and so far five dealers – Platts (Stoke on Trent), Thames (Slough), S. G. Petch (York), Lipscomb (Aylesford) and Vospers (Plymouth) – have confirmed their involvement, with more due to come on stream shortly.

Three race teams have so far committed to the series: Coastal Racing, with Carl Bradley as team manager and driver, will run a multi-car team in 2010 where they will be looking to build upon their success in the Mini Challenge and Clio Cup. Meanwhile Rees Sport, run by former BTCC, Tuscan and MGF driver Matt Kelly, will capitalise on their experience gained in the Porsche Carrera Cup by entering their own Abarth 500 Assetto Corse next year.

Pulce Racing, backed by the engineering expertise of a Le Mans series race team, will be running the Vospers car, and their Assetto Corse will be sporting the Abarthisti logo.

Abarth 500 Assetto Corse race cars awaiting delivery

Abarth 500 Assetto Corse race cars awaiting delivery

The series features identical Abarth 500 Assetto Corse race cars, based on the road-going Abarth 500. Powered by the same 1.4-litre turbocharged engine, but with extensive internal modifications and a larger Garrett turbocharger, the race cars develop 190 bhp at 6,500 rpm. With a reinforced roll cage welded to the bodyshell, as well as further modifications to the chassis and brakes, the Assetto Corse cars are built in Turin before being shipped to the UK in batches of four. The first batch has already been delivered to their owners, following shakedown tests at Fiat Group’s proving ground at Balocco.

The inaugural race will take place over the weekend of 3/5 April 2010 at Oulton Park, and Abarthisti will be following the series throughout the year.

More information about the Trofeo Abarth 500 GB can be found on the official website.

Abarth 500 Assetto Corse race cars during testing at Silverstone

Abarth 500 Assetto Corse race cars during testing at Silverstone

Source: Abarthisti – The 2010 Trofeo Abarth 500 GB

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