THE BUGATTI (April 27 & 28) – ROUND 1.
The French FFSA GT Championship is the most hotly-contested challenge of the GT Tour and it attracts the best drivers and Grand Touring cars. Among them Enzo Guibbert, the “Volant Euroformula” 2012, who intends to stir things up behind the wheel of his Porsche 997 GT3-R managed by Philippe Alméras’ Pro GT team.
Just 17, Enzo will have to tame the 500 horsepower of his car and measure up to professional drivers such as Olivier Panis, Anthony Beltoise, Stephane Ortelli and many others, a challenge the “Volant Euroformula” is ready to take on:
“I know it won’t be easy to go up against these experienced drivers who make the championship but I feel confident with the team I have,” says the Volant Euroformula, “even if I don’t have much driving time with the car, I’m determined to quickly become a force to reckon with. My youth also gives me a physical advantage which plays an important role in the punishing pace of these races. I know that my choice to go into GT will seem surprising for a young driver who took part in the French F4 Championship and who won the “Volant Euroformula” in a single-seater, but I didn’t have the budget I needed to move up to the next level. My father and grandfather have known the Almeras family for a long time and their workshop is less than 30 kilometres away from me, so it was quite logical that we would contact the GT Pro team who have won the competition these last two years. With my teammate, Eric Dermont, we make a balanced team, he’s a company director with a passion for motorsport, and I get on well with him. I will also benefit from Philippe Almeras’ valuable advice, which will help me get ahead. So even though this year I want to get the maximum experience from these races, it won’t stop us from aiming for podiums. I think I have a future in this category and I will do all I can to prove it!”
Enzo Guibbert intends to have a great debut in the French FFSA GT 2013 Championship and Laurent Fradon, the director of the Euroformula School, seems as confident that the young “Volant Euroformula” 2012 will be successful:
“Enzo was impressive in the Volant final. He had the speed but it was especially his mindset and maturity which stood out. He set his path and he didn’t veer from it which makes him an astonishing young man with some surprises in store for us! He is one of the best students we’ve had at the school for a long time. We have great faith in him and the whole Euroformula team is convinced he will be on the podium in no time. For that, he will have to tame his Porsche 997 GT3-R which won’t be easy for a driver who has only driven relatively powerful single-seaters, but Enzo has talent and after a short adjustment time he should be among the front-runners. He’s also in one of the best teams of the championship, which should make it easier for him. I can’t wait to see Enzo behind the wheel, he’s sure to amaze more than one of us! »
The start of the first round of the GT Tour 2013 will be on April 27 and 28 on the famous Bugatti circuit and Enzo Guibbert, the youngest driver in the FFSA GT Championship, has plans to shine!