An interesting season looms for the GT Cup class for this year’s 19th running of the Italian GT Championship. The class, which is reserved for single-make configuration cars, has grown by one after KMS Krypton Motorsport announced it will participate with a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.
The team has also confirmed both Giacomo Riva and Giovanni Berton as its drivers, who will be present during the Sprint series opener at Monza.
Both drivers have plenty of experience racing in the national championship, with 26-year-old Riva having won the 2020 Sprint GT4-AM championship and Berton having won the 2007 GT3 title.
“During the last few weeks, I have decided to move up in the category and go to GT Cup with a Porsche,” said Riva.
“I am very happy to be a part of the KMS team to face this new challenge in the Italian championship.
“We are planning a few test days for us to get to know the new car and get ready for the first race at Monza.”
This year sees KMS Krypton Motorsport enter the entire Sprint series season, having only participated during the third round at Monza of last year’s championship which saw team-owner Stefano Pezzucchi pilot a Mercedes-AMG GT3.
“I am very happy to be back in the Italian GT in which I made my debut in 2004 and won the GT3 title in 2007 with a Lamborghini Gallardo,” commented Giovanni Berton.
“Going back to racing is always nice and I get to do it with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup I drove during the last two seasons of the Porsche Carrera Cup Italia championship. It will be a challenging season given the list of participants and for this I thank Stefano Pezzucchi for the opportunity he has given me.”
The Brescia based team is set to make its return to a class in which it has had plenty of success in, having won the 2015 GT Cup title (formerly known as Cup 1 at the time).
“Yes, it is a nice return to GT Cup, a class that saw us take victory in 2015,” said team-owner Pezzucchi.
“For the moment we will be fielding just one car for the entirety of the Italian GT Sprint series, but we are about to close negotiations for a second GT3 Cup car as well.
“Our Mercedes-AMG GT3, currently stationed in our Rovato factory, is also ready to race. You may have remembered it last year at Monza with the sparkling green color. The car is the still the same, nice, fast and reliable. We are working to field it again this season.”
Before the season opener, KMS will carry out a test session at Mugello on 2 April, an event in which could potentially mark the appearance of the team’s possible second Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.
The 2021 Italian GT season is set to kick off at Monza with its Sprint series season opener set for 30 April-2 May.
Photo by Krypton Motorsport.
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