Exciting Entries for the 2010 Season published in Autosport March 2010
A rare Mercedes-Benz C11 and a Sebring-winning Nissan are among the influx of new cars that will join the revitalised Group C/GTP Racing series in 2010. The C11, the design with which Team Sauber Mercedes dominated the 1990 World Sports-Prototype Championship, has been purchased by three-time Thoroughbred Formula 1 champion Bob Berridge. The Briton, who plans to step down from his role as Series director ahead of the start of the season, is aiming to race the car in the full six-round Group C/GTP Racing schedule in 2010.
Group C restoration specialist Phil Stott, who helped find the car, said: “This C11 disappeared off the radar for a few years, but together with Bob Berridge we managed to track it down to Peter Sauber’s collection. It really is an amazing car.” Berridge’s car is the first C11 built, chassis number C11-89-00, which was used for testing in 1989-91. The unraced car was tested by all the Team Sauber Mercedes drivers in 1990, including WSPC title winners Jean-Louis Schlesser and Mauro Baldi, as well as Michael Schumacher.
The Nissan, owned by Stefano Rosina, is the first NPTI (Nissan Performance Technology Inc) car with IMSA race history to compete in the Group C/GTP Racing series. Rosina’s NPT90 won the 1991 Sebring 12 Hours with Geoff Brabham, Gary Brabham and Derek Daly at the wheel. Rosina, who previously raced a Spice in the series, explained that he had been persuaded to buy the Nissan as a result of a number of initiatives put in place over the winter.
“The club appears to be moving forward very quickly now, and the calendar is fantastic and reads like a wish list of the best circuits around,” said Rosina. “I have therefore decided to purchase the NPTI Nissan that won Sebring in 1991.”
Sauber C11 - press article published in Motorsport magazine January 2010