Rossi described the two.43-mile circuit on which he by no means competed throughout his bike profession as “an incredible observe, improbable” forward of the beginning of his assault with the WRT Audi squad on the Dash Cup section of this yr’s GTWCE.
“The format is attention-grabbing, it’s a very old-style observe,” mentioned the seven-time MotoGP champion, who’s sharing a WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II with Frederic Vervisch within the GTWCE sprints this season.
“It is extremely troublesome – slim, quick with loads of blind factors.
“You need to do loads of kilometres, I feel, to know the appropriate approach [around the circuit].”
Rossi mentioned that he “can’t wait” to get out on circuit after sampling it on the simulator, starting with apply and qualifying on Saturday forward of the 2 one-hour sprints on Sunday.
Pre-season testing by the groups competing within the GTWCE was not attainable due to the restrictions on using the GP circuit at Manufacturers, which was just lately resurfaced.
A end within the prime 10 is Rossi’s goal over the 2 races at Manufacturers, he revealed.
“Attempting to remain within the prime 10 might be a very good goal,” he mentioned.
“It won’t be straightforward, however I feel that we will strive – the highest 15 are very sturdy.”
Pit error at Imola GTWCE Endurance spherical value Rossi a possible prime 10
Photograph by: SRO
Rossi was operating simply exterior the highest 10 on his debut with WRT on the Endurance Cup spherical of the GTWCE at Imola earlier this month.
However the automobile the Italian shares with Vervisch and Nico Muller in enduros ended up 17th at the end of the three-hour race after he missed his box when he introduced the automobile into the pits for its remaining cease.
Rossi believes prime six or a outcome simply exterior it could have been attainable on the Italian race had he not made the error, which meant he needed to return to the observe to finish one other lap earlier than making the pitstop.
“I feel we might battle for seventh, eighth place, possibly sixth,” he mentioned.
Twenty-six automobiles are set to participate within the GTWCE Dash Cup season-opener at Manufacturers.
The primary of two free apply classes begins at 9am on Saturday, with the 2 20-minute qualfiying classes – one for every driver – starting at three:50pm.
The 2 one-hour races begin at 11:25am and 16:45pm respectively on Sunday.