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The determining factor for Fisichella’s Bathurst 12 Hour dream

LAST month, Giancarlo Fisichella ticked off a bucket list circuit in the form of Adelaide; now he has another iconic Australian track in his sights.

Fisichella’s Formula 1 career coincided with the Australian Grand Prix’s move to Melbourne, the Italian driver and Albert Park circuit debuting together in March 1996 (Adelaide having closed the previous season less than four months earlier).

So, an S5000 cameo in December presented the three-time grand prix winner with a long-awaited chance to tackle the streets of Adelaide.

There, he proved as hungry as ever, filthy with fifth in qualifying despite having only driven an S5000 for the first time one day earlier – although he did later have a brush with the notorious Turn 8 wall.

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Now, he’s made no secret of Mount Panorama’s place on his hit list Down Under, with the Bathurst 12 Hour an ideal opportunity given his extensive GT experience since retiring from F1 at the end of 2009.

There is very much a make-or-break component to his chances, however.

“Bathurst is one of the best circuits in the world and the 12 Hour, my aim is to do it,” he told V8 Sleuth.

“Unfortunately there are no team with Ferrari.

“I am a Ferrari factory driver, I cannot drive another brand.

“So if there is one team coming out with Ferrari, it would be my pleasure… especially with the new 296, the new model coming out now. We are already doing some testing and the car is very good.”

The last time a Ferrari was entered in the 12 Hour was in 2020, although the HubAuto Corsa 488 GT3 of Marcos Gomes, Tim Slade and Daniel Serra never made the start due to a practice crash.

Ferrari-shod Aussie squad Maranello Motorsport won the 2014 and 2017 editions but have not competed since the latter – and are unlikely to return until at least 2024.

Fisichella turns 50 next Saturday, January 14.

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