Vicky Piria announces 2023 racing program
At her second season in GT racing, Vicky Piria will contest the remaining races of Italian GT Endurance Championship, aboard the #125 Enrico Fulgenzi Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 992.
Italian racer Vicky Piria announced she had joined Enrico Fulgenzi Racing - one of the most successful Italian GT outfits, competing in both Italian GT and the Italian Porsche Carrera Cup - on a two year deal.
Piria, 29, focused her efforts on GT racing in 2022, after competing in several major single seater championships worldwide: from Formula Renault, Formula Abarth, the top third-tier GP3 Series and then Euroformula, ProMazda, F.Renault Eurocup (now FRECA), and of course the all-female W Series championship, where Piria contested two full campaigns, finishing ninth in the season.
With such an extensive single seater experience, Piria had to start from scratch and learn the basics of GT racing, but the Italian was soon on pace and kept raising the bar of her expectations in the short Italian GT Sprint season: the goal of the top ten soon became a top five in Imola, where she missed out on a podium by tenth of a second, before finally stepping on the rostrum at the season finale in Mugello, at her fourth race weekend in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
Piria will return to the competitive platform of Italian GT, this time with a new car, a new team and a new teammate: Enrico Fulgenzi Racing will in fact field two new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 992 and Vicky will share the #125 with young talent Kikko Galbiati.
Both drivers have previous experience of the Italian GT series - Galbiati competed in the GT3 class in 2022, finishing fifth in the overall standings and with an outright win to his name - and therefore are looking like a strong duo for the upcoming season in the GT Cup class.
"We're delighted to have built this line-up", said driver/owner Enrico Fulgenzi, who will be driving the sister car alongside Japanese racer Shintaro Akatsu, "not only because it will allow us to aim for the title but above all because it consolidates the long-term project we have with our drivers".
Piria is set to be EF Racing's first ever female driver in the team's history and will be an important asset for the team in its long-term vision.
Vicky had her first taste of the new-gen Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 992 at Mugello earlier this month, where she entered a Peroni Promotion racing weekend in order to acclimate with the new car. Despite a start from pitlane, Piria was fifth overall and won in class - in a very encouraging start of the racing season.
Piria and Galbiati will join Italian GT Endurance at the Mugello race meeting, scheduled for 7-9 July; rounds at Monza (15-17 September) and Vallelunga (13-15 October) will follow.