Debut of Trofeo Abarth 500 GB Marked by Big Media Track Day

This year’s one-make Trofeo race series from Abarth has kicked off with an appearance at a major racing media day, at Brands Hatch. The cars and racing schedule presented there were among the main features that attracted visitors to the held on February 23rd at the Kent motor racing circuit.

“We are back again for 2011 and going from strength to strength. We’ve further improved the Trofeo GB series this year with new features, including the Abarth Village – an area of technical support, spares and advice for competitors,” says Ivan Gibson, head of Abarth UK.

The series will begin on Easter Monday this year, benefiting from a media partnership with race promoter MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR). Last year, the series proved to be a remarkable success in its debut GB race season, featuring races on the top tracks in the UK and Italy.

“The media day was a good opportunity for the press to see our remarkable cars before the season gets underway – now we’re looking forward to showing them once again to race fans around the UK,” Gibson added.

The one-make races use the stunning 970kg Trofeo 500 race car. Powered by a 1368cc 16-valve turbocharged engine, which develops 190 bhp at 6,500 rpm and maximum torque of 300Nm at 3,000 rpm, the models achieve dramatic performance for considering the limitations of front-wheel drive.

The 2011 Trofeo Abarth 500 GB series calendar is as follows:
  • 25 April Oulton Park
  • 26 June Snetterton
  • 24 July Brands Hatch GP
  • 7 August  Spa Francorchamps
  • 4 September Brands Hatch Indy
  • 29 October Donington
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