Virage TEAM

Created in 1998 by Philippe Gautheron under the name G-TEC Sport, our structure gained successes in many singles-seaters series, from the Formula Junior 1.6 and Formula 3 to the Open Telefonica by Nissan - most recently known as World Series by Renault.

In 2011, Gautheron created Virage Academy and was joined by Julien Gerbi in order to assist the drivers' physical, mental and technical preparation. Among them, Sergio Perez, Vitaly Petrov, Giedo Van der Garde, Rio Haryanto and other 60 drivers enjoyed the Virage Academy services.

In the Winter 2017-2018, Team Virage is born in order to compete with two LMP3 in the European endurance series such as ELMS, VdeV and Le Mans Cup.

Team Virage 2018

Our TEAM

PHILIPPE GAUTHERON

TEAM PRINCIPAL

PHILIPPE GAUTHERON

Philippe Gautheron doesn’t need introduction into the European motor racing world. The French-German enjoys a 30 years experience in motor racing in open-wheels, touring cars, GT and prototypes. Founder and Team Manager of GTEC in Open Telefonica by Nissan and Formula 3, he then took over the technical direction of various GP2, World Series by Renault and A1 GP teams on their way to three world championships. Then, he was also director of Virage Academy, taking care of the formation of a dozen drivers on their way to Formula 1.

JULIEN GERBI

TEAM MANAGER

JULIEN GERBI

Julien Gerbi started his career as a single-seater driver in 2003. After seven years competing internationally in Europe, North America and Middle-East, Gerbi joined Virage Group endorsing the driver coach responsibility in the Academy. He then took over the team management of Fragus Motorsport in Formula Renault 2.0 and Porsche, while directing Campos Racing’s preparation and formation center up to 2017.

MANUEL CATALÁN

TRACK ENGINEER

MANUEL CATALÁN

Manuel Catalán is the track engineer of Team Virage. He enjoys an experience as race engineer in motorsport in open wheels for over 15 years, in categories such as F3, Superleague, GT and Touring Cars, and participated to a victory in the 24h of Barcelona and two European runner-up titles in GT Open.

GABRIELA PARRA

DATA ENGINEER

GABRIELA PARRA

Gabriela Parra is the youngest engineer of our staff. Following a short single-seater career in South America, the young Venezuelan worked at Campos Racing before joining Team Virage’s adventure in LMP3.

COSIMO FIORILLO

CHIEF MECHANIC

COSIMO FIORILLO

Italian Cosimo Fiorillo is the most experienced mechanic of our team. Passed by the F3, F3000, GP2 series with many international teams, Fiorillo then took in charge the mechanic part of the German team Motopark, on their way to win the 2017 Macau Grand Prix.

Our Drivers

JULIAN WAGG

JULIAN WAGG

Nationality
USA-Swiss

THOMAS PADOVANI

THOMAS PADOVANI

Nationality
Estonia

PHILIPPE VALENZA

PHILIPPE VALENZA

Nationality
Spain

Date of Birth
September 28, 1994

 

JULIEN FALCHERO

JULIEN FALCHERO

Nationality
France

PHILIPPE CIMADOMO

PHILIPPE CIMADOMO

Nationality
France

ALAIN COSTA

ALAIN COSTA

Nationality
Monaco

MATEUSZ KAPRZYK

MATEUSZ KAPRZYK

Nationality
Poland

PEDRO LAMY

PEDRO LAMY

Nationality
Portugal

FREDDIE HUNT

FREDDIE HUNT

Nationality
United Kingdom

CO.JONES

CO.JONES

Nationality
United Kingdom

NICHOLAS SILVA

NICHOLAS SILVA

Nationality
USA / Brazil

JON AIZPURUA

JON AIZPURUA

Nationality
Spain

PARTH GHORPADE

PARTH GHORPADE

Nationality
India

PETER PETERS

PETER PETERS

Nationality
Netherlands

MARCIN FEDYNA

MARCIN FEDYNA

Nationality
Poland

MIRO KONOPKA

MIRO KONOPKA

Nationality
Slovakia

Calendars

 

ULTIMATE CUP SERIES
BARCELONA 22 March
  ESTORIL 12 April
DIJON 03 May
NAVARRA 28 June
LE MANS 13 September
MAGNY-COURS     11 October
PAUL RICARD 01 November  

 

 

LE MANS CUP
BARCELONA 04 April
MONZA 09 May
ROAD TO LE MANS 13 June
CASTELLET 18 July
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS 19 September
PORTIMAO 25 October 

 

 

DTM TROPHY
ZOLDER 26 April
LAUSITZRING 17 May
ANDERSTORP 14 June
NORISRING 12 July 
NÜRBURGRING 13 September
HOCKENHEIM    04 October

 

 

 

GT4 EUROPEAN SERIES
SILVERSTONE 10 May
PAUL RICARD 31 May
ZANDVOORT 28 June
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS 25 July
NÜRBURGRING 06 September
HUNGARORING 27 September 

 

 

GT CUP OPEN
PAUL RICARD 26 April
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS 07 June
HOCKENHEIM 28 June
HUNGARORING 12 July
RED BULL RING 13 September
MONZA 27 September
BARCELONA 25 October  

 

 

 

 

CREVENTIC 24H SERIES EUROPE
12H MONZA 27-28 March
12H SPA 1-2-3 May
24H PORTIMAO 12-13-14 June
9H PAUL RICARD 10 July
24H BARCELONA 4-5-6 September
12H IMOLA 9-10 October

 

CREVENTIC 24H SERIES CONTINENTS
24H DUBAI 9-10-11 January
24H PORTIMAO 12-13-14 June
24H BARCELONA 4-5-6 September
24H COTA USA 13-14-15 November
 

Our Cars

LMP3 LIGIER JSP3 - Standard Technical Specification
ENGINE Nissan Nismo VK50 5.0 litre V8 engine, 420bhp
BRAKES Master cylinder, six-piston calipers 355mm brake discs front and rear
TRANSMISSION Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox with aluminium semi-automatic pneumatic paddle shift system
STEERING & SUSPENSION Double wishbone, pushrod and spring damper combination
Quick release steering wheel
Three ways latest generation dampers
Adjusted anti-roll bar
ELECTRONICS Magnetti Marelli ECU and data
Cosworth steering wheel interface
CHASSIS Carbon monocoque chassis
Regulation steel roll cage meeting FIA safety standards
Carbon fibre crash structure
High speed air jack system
WEIGHT 900kg (930kg regulatory minimum weight)
FUEL SYSTEM ATL 80 litres
COCKPIT Multifunctional steering wheel with integral driver display
Six-point FIA approved safety harness
Adjustable steering column
FIA approved fire extinguisher
WHEELS & TYRES Magnesium 18” rims
 
 
 
GT4 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE - Standard Technical Specification
ENGINE Twin Turbo V8 4.0 litre V8 engine, 350kW, 550Nm
BRAKES Alcon monobloc six piston front caliper
 Ventilated wide annulus front brake discs 
Alcon monobloc four piston rear calipers
Ventilated rear brake discs     
Floor mounted driver adjustable pedal box
Diver adjustable fint/rear brake bias
TRANSMISSION Rear wheel drive transaxle
Optimized ZF 8-speed transmission
Mechanical limited slip-differential
STEERING & SUSPENSION Bespoke rear-suspension 
Uni-ball bearing suspension links front 
Ohlins 2-way adjustable dampers 
ELECTRONICS Bespoke motorsport control unit
Bespoke motorsport specification wiring loom 
Driver display and shift lights 
Steering wheel mounted controls 
Adjustable traction control 
Adjustable ABS
CHASSIS

Lightweight aluminium chassis based on the latest Vantage production car
Steel roll cage to FIA safety standards
High speed pneumatic jack system

WEIGHT Dry weight 1400 kg (BoP dependent)
COCKPIT Optimized for driver access and visibility 
FIA 8855 narrow seat 
Six-point FIA approved safety harness
Carbon fibre dash and centre console 
FIA 8865 fire extinguisher system
WHEELS & TYRES

11” x 18” front and rear 
305/660 R18 Front and rear

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