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THE HISTORY OF WOLF RACING CARS

The outfit Wolf made its appearance in the world of motor-racing back in 1976 when the Canadian Walter Wolf founded the Walter Wolf Racing. The team took part in four editions of the World Formula 1 Championship between 1976 and 1979 competing with several drivers among which shine the names of Jody Scheckter, Jacky Ickx, Chris Amon and Arturo Merzario.

3 wins, one of which at the debut, 1 pole position, 2 fastest lap of the race, 13 podiums and 79 points are the figures of that period. In parallel to the Formula 1 commitment, in 1977 Wolf built a closed-wheels Can-Am challenger while in 1978 a Formula 3 single seater was produced in collaboration with Dallara. The brand Wolf with its characteristic golden-black livery made its comeback in 2009, when the Italian team Avelon Formula, led by Giovanni Bellarosa, after buying Wolf's rights, decided to start an innovative project: the Wolf GB08. The car, a class CN2 Sport Prototype powered by a 2 liters Honda engine has been produced with high ambitions aiming to open a new era in the category.

The track debut took place on the 25th April 2010 at the Misano World Circuit in occasion of the opening round of the Italian Prototypes Championship. Ivan Bellarosa dominated the whole weekend securing the pole position and getting the first of a long string of victories. During the season the Wolf GB08 did not have rivals and in October Bellarosa was crowned Italian Champion after starting always from the front row of the grid ?Ǩ three times from the pole ?Ǩ harvesting two wins, seven second places and three fastest laps of the race. In the very same month the first International success was obtained in the Eurosport Prototypes Series.

In 2011 Wolf GB08 proved to be the car to be beaten in Europe. The works team Avelon Formula set the pace in the Speed Euroseries where Ivan Belllarosa got the title winning all six races in the calendar obtaining 97 out of the 104 points available. Some more success arrived in the VdeV Proto Endurance Series and in the Italian Prototypes Championship which boosted the purchase orders of the Wolf GB08 by teams from all over the world thanks also to a wide sales network. In July, the Wolf GB08S was introduced as the version to be used in hill climbing races, pushed by a 3 liters V8 Mugen engine capable of 497 hp.

2012 started with yet another challenge, i.e. the 12 Hours of Abu Dhabi, where Ivan Bellarosa set the pole position and ended the race on the podium together with his lineup made by Guglielmo Belotti and Denis Lian. The Speed Euroseries was again the main commitment of the works team: the Wolf GB08 proved to be unbeatable allowing Ivan Bellarosa to obtain the second title in a row alongside with the Teams and Constructors titles. The car confirmed to be also competitive in endurance races as it obtained a podium in the 24 hours of Zolder, meanwhile attracting the attention of VIP drivers like the drummer of Travis Neil Primerose, that bought a Wolf GB08 himself. The 2013 version of the car was presented in November: the front end of the car has been completely renewed as the posterior extractor to allow a 16% increase in aerodynamics load without penalyzing resistance. The new gear box is produced by Sadev and the car is equipped with a completely electronic shift paddle.

In April 2013, the number 30 victory of the Wolf GB08 came at Mugello's second round of the VdeV Proto Endurance Series, adding another trophy to the showcase of one of the most winning sports car ever.

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