Norway’s GT-racing star Aleksander Schjerpen will finally get his 2020 season started this coming weekend when he returns to NOVA Race for the opening round of the Italian GT Endurnace Championship at Mugello.
Originally planned to start much earlier in 2020, like so many other events around the world, the Italian GT Championship was forced to postpone the start of its series due to the global pandemic that we all find ourselves having to navigate at the moment. However, with many precautions now in place to ensure events like this can resume in a safe and responsible manner, Aleksander is more ready than ever to get his season under way.
In 2019, Schjerpen joined forces with NOVA Race’s team boss, Luca Magnoni to make his debut in the Italian GT Endurance Championship. The new pairing were one of the talking points of the season and narrowly missed out on winning the championship by a slender three point margin. In 2020, the pair are fully focused on putting that right with their sights set firmly on taking the top spot.
Aleksander’s participation in the series had been cast with doubt however, given the ongoing travel restrictions faced by so many around the world as the scope of this ongoing pandemic evolves. However, with Italy being recently added to a growing list of countries deemed as safe travel routes, Schjerpen’s quest to return to the race track was confirmed.
The 2020 season will be spread across a number of circuits that Aleksander has already sampled, with the addition of Imola being the only new circuit that the Norwegian will have no prior experience of. This weekend the series will begin at Mugello, the circuit which was recently announced as the latest addition to the revised 2020 Formula 1 World Championship calendar and one that Schjerpen has plenty of experience around.
Aleksander Schjerpen – #208 NOVA Race Mercedes AMG GT4:
“I’m super excited to get back behind the wheel of the NOVA Race Mercedes with Luca. I’ve been doing some sim stuff during the lock down and working on my fitness, but driving the car is where I really want to be. I’m really looking forward to working with the guys at NOVA again this season and really hoping we can win the title this year.”
Italian GT Endurance Championship Round 1, Mugello, Italy – Friday 17th – Sunday 19th July 2020.