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Jetalliance withdraws from FIA GT.

Jetalliance Racing has announced that it will not take part in the 2009 FIA GT Championship, although the Aston Martin squad could still compete in the series' blue riband event at Spa.

With the series bringing in new rules in 2010, and with the global economic situation continuing to bite, team boss Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer has revealed that the team will instead focus its attention on the new Porsche Challenge and the Sportscup Endurance series – both of which run alongside the Porsche Sportscup.

The team will also seek to take in the Spa 24 Hours and the 12 Hours of Budapest, while an entry will also be lodged for the Le Mans 24 Hours in the summer.

However, the decision not to enter the FIA GT series means that the option to extend Karl Wendlinger's contract hasn't been exercised.

“2009 will be a transition year for us,” Lichtner-Hoyer said. “The FIA GT Championship – which will have new regulations starting in 2010 – is hence of no interest to us this year, since it is also too expensive. It just does not make any sense to make such a huge investment once more in a period of global recession.

“But we will continue to probe the market until March and can by all means envisage further engagements – also in other pro events.”

The opening race of the season for the team will be the Dubai 24 Hours, with Lichtner-Hoyer joined by Ryan Sharp, Alex Müller, Thomas Gruber and Vitus Eckert in a Porsche 997.


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crasherGT - Unregistered

January 05, 2009 11:17 PM

Saw this coming from a mile away. Lichtner-Hoyer always seemed like a businessman and nothing more. The stunt with pulling the cars out last year at Bucharest always struck me as a publicity stunt to demonstrate his company''s ''commitment to safety'' since it was never fully explained why the cars were ''unsafe'', and why the faulty part was not present in the Gigawave Aston (or any DBR9, ever). Then he doesn''t enter San Luis because the championship was now out of reach, which didn''t stop the Saleens, among others, from making the trip to give the fans a show and support the series.



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