The International GT Open has been widely followed this year by media and fans (the tuercas) in Argentina, a country with a rich tradition and an immense passion for motor racing. Credit for this goes to the excellent 2011 campaign of Juan Manuel Cochito López, the first Argentine driver to compete at the highest level in the series.
Eventually fourth in the overall standings, at the wheel of the Ferrari F430 of Vittoria Competizioni, López has starred on 3rd November at his return to Buenos Aires, in a crowded press conference, where he took stock of his season. “I am very happy with the outcome of this season”, commented Cochito, “especially taking into consideration that it was my first in such a high-level competition and that I did not know most of the tracks. I had the satisfaction to lead the first half of the season and being in contention for the title until the very end. The 4 wins and 7 podiums are a great tally, furthermore, together with the champion Ayari, I am the driver having won most races. It is a pity that, for various reasons, the team could not get the new 458 as expected, but nevertheless, I am very satisfied and already preparing the 2012 campaign.”
During the press conference, Cochito had as exceptional sponsor a mythical figure of Argentina’s and the world’s motorsports such as Froilán González, El Cabezón, the man who gave Ferrari their very first success in a Formula 1 Grand Prix (Silverstone, 1951).