Rob Bell Set the Bar for CR Scuderia in Spain
29th February 2008
Rob Bell set the bar at this week’s FIA GT test with CR Scuderia, beating his team mates to record a new lap record at the Monteblanco circuit in Spain. The team completed a highly productive test at the brand new facility, with Chris Niarchos, Tim Mullen and Bell all having seat time in the FIA GT Ferrari 430s in preparation for the season ahead.
“It was a good test”, says Bell. “The warm weather gave us perfect conditions and this new circuit was a good venue for our development programme. We were turning good lap times, the team is gelling well and we’re all working closely together to be ready for the new season.
“It’s the first time that the Ferrari 430 has been tested at the track, so there was competition between us to set the new lap record. I took that victory, so I had the bragging rights at dinner that night! No doubt, they’ll be looking to topple me off the perch at the next test.”
Bell will be racing for CR Scuderia in this year’s FIA GT championship, fitting this in with a full season’s campaign to defend his title in the Le Mans Series with Virgo Motorsport, also in a Ferrari 430.
The return home after the Spanish test with CR Scuderia only gave Bell a couple of nights in his own bed, as he heads off to Paul Ricard tomorrow for the first official all-teams pre-season test at the French circuit.
Bell says, “It’s a hectic schedule and the season hasn’t even started yet, but the intensity of my two programmes, as well as my trip to Sebring next month for the 12 hour race with Tafel Racing, means that I’m getting plenty of track time and that’s really valuable for me.”
Bell is one of Britain’s leading young sportscar drivers, having won the Le Mans Series GT2 championship and finished fifth in class in the Le Mans 24 Hours race last year. He began his racing career in single seaters, taking the Formula Renault Winter championship title for two consecutive years and enjoying two further successful seasons before a switch to sportscars. In his first year he won the GT1 class of the Nurburgring six hours race, and in 2006 finished third in the Le Mans Series GT2 championship.