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Alessio Picariello tells us of a last minute call up to make Blancpain debut with WRT

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It would have been impossible for Alessio Picariello to prepare for his Blancpain GT Sprint Series debut with the WRT team. As of Wednesday night, he didn’t have a ride.

Alessio Picariello is making his Blancpain debut with WRT this weekend after a last minute call

But as he explains a phone call from WRT boss Vincent Vosse ruined any of his weekend plans.

What may be strange to some though is that while Picariello is a Belgian native, he is not familiar with the Zolder circuit, having done most of his racing, to date, in Asia.

He has experienced a lot of success there, taking 5 wins in the 2017 Blancpain GT Asia Series and won the Audi R8 LMS Cup.

He credits Asia with kickstarting his career which had stalled. Two years without a drive – without finding the budget to drive meant that he was on the cusp of being forgotten. But strong results there meant his career is alive and he is being noticed.

Originally he was just meant to drive with Land Motorsports in the ADAC GT Masters in Germany, he has now taken up this drive – at the moment, just for Zolder but hopefully for more.

Listen to the full interview with Alessio Picariello here

 

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Interview and article by Sam Tickell, April 2018

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