The idea of a return to the 24 Hours of Dubai had been germinating for some time. The Visiom team has already confirmed its presence at the Dubai event in January 2023.
Currently entered in the Ultimate Cup Series, the Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo from the team founded and managed by Jean-Paul Pagny, will be at the start of the 24 Hours of Dubai, and for the fourth time in its history, with an unprecedented quartet. !
The trio which has been evolving for two seasons in the UlimAte Cup, made up of Jean-Paul Pagny, David Hallyday and Jean-Bernard Bouvet, will be reinforced for the occasion by Stéphane Ortelli, former winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. in 1998 with the official Porsche team and in 2003 at the 24 Hours of Spa
Jean-Paul Pagny, says:
“It’s an important project for the team because it’s been a long time since we raced in a 24-hour race”
And he continues:
“As far as I am concerned, this will be my 4th participation in the 24 Hours of Dubai. It’s a project between friends, but in a professional setting. Yes, we are passionate about motorsport, we want to have fun, but we also want to win. Stéphane Ortelli, a longtime friend of David, joins us. Since last year, I met him and I discovered a fabulous character. He lives for the automobile and he likes to pass on his knowledge. At my age, doing the 24 Hours of Dubai with people as successful as Jean-Bernard, David and Stéphane is great. The whole team is delighted. »
David Hallyday, whose desire to return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans is still present, does not sulk his pleasure either:
“The 24 Hours of Dubai race will allow me to get back on track for longer endurance races than what we are used to here (in the Ultimate Cup Series). It’s a great opportunity. »
As for Manceau, JB Bouvet, he explains:
“We’ve been playing together for 11 years, with Jean-Paul. I have always looked for the human and affective aspect in a team. I think this is the case at Visiom. David joined us last year and I think we are a nice and successful trio. I’m delighted to compete again in the 24 Hours of Dubai, on a circuit that I love. The fact that Stéphane is joining us is something fantastic because we are around the same age and we have known each other since the beginning of our careers. »
Before making the distant trip to the Gulf, in Dubai, the Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo trio will try to claim the 2022 title of the Kennol GT Endurance Cup of the Ultimate Cup Series.