Ebimotors is bringing a second Porsche 991.2 GT3R to the Italian GT Championship to be raced by Luca Riccitelli and Günter Blieninger. Former Le Mans 24 Hours winner Riccitelli returns to motorsports after a 14-year-long hiatus.
Riccitelli and Blieninger take charge of the #77 Porsche 991.2 GT3R for the sprint races of the Campionato Gran Turismo Italiano alongside the earlier announced duo of Paolo Venerosi and Alessandro Baccani making Ebimotors’ return to the championship’s top class a double assault. Venerosi and Baccani are joined by Riccardo Pera in the endurance races.
The return to racing of Riccitelli is remarkable as the Italian has been away from motorsports and focused on a career as instructor for Porsche, Lamborghini, and his own driving school over the past 14 years. Throughout his sportscar career in the 1990s and 2000s the 49-year-old competed nearly exclusively with Porsche climaxing in victory in the 1999 Le Mans 24 Hours’ GT class in a Porsche 911 GT3 996 prepared by Manthey Racing. Other notable successes include six wins in the FIA GT Championship and third place in the 2005 Italian GT Championship also with Ebimotors.
Joining Riccitelli for the sprint races is Günter Blieninger. While German, Blieninger has been racing in Italy since the 2000s, mainly in the Porsche Carrera Cup Italia.
The team from northern Italy is testing at Mugello on Tuesday and Wednesday in preparation of the delayed start of the 2020 Italian GT Championship. Mugello will also host the season premiere on 17-19th July with a three-hour race for the Endurance championship.
Photo by Ebimotors.