Hexis AMR : Clivio Piccione

Saturday, March 06, 2010

A few weeks ago, we announced you the signature of the first crew of drivers for the Aston Martin DBR9 #9: Jean-Denis Delétraz and Frédéric Makowiecki. Today, we announce you the signature of a third driver, this time for the DBR9 #10: the Monegasque Clivio Piccione. Here is a reminder of his record, followed by an interview of this new recruit.

Career highlights

Born February 24th, 1984 in Monaco
2008/2009: A1 GP with Team Monaco (1 podium finish, 1 pole position)
2008: EuroSeries 3000 (1 podium finish)
2007: World Series by Renault FR3.5 (2 podium finishes, 1 pole position)
2006: GP2 Series (2 podium finishes)
2005: GP2 Series (1 race win)
2004: British Formula 3 (4th, 2 race wins, 2 pole positions), 2nd F3 Euro Cup
2002: British Formula 3 (2nd, 3 race wins, 4 pole positions)
2000: Karting Formula A, World Championship runner-up
1999: Karting Intercontinental A, 3rd European Championship

How did the signature with HEXIS AMR go?

I met Philippe Dumas (co-owner and team manager of HEXIS AMR) when we heard about the FIA GT1 World Championship a few months ago. We then had in mind to create a common structure to HEXIS AMR and Team Monaco (Clivio Piccione’s team).

Unfortunately, Team Monaco couldn’t gather enough financial means to take part in this new championship, and our project fell through. Despite everything, I kept good relations with Philippe, and I showed my interest in joining HEXIS AMR’s structure. We kept in touch over the weeks…

You have only been driving single-seaters until now …

Yes I have, driving a GT is a first for me! This signature is a big shift and symbolizes a challenge to take up. But I’m serene and in good terms with HEXIS AMR: I trust them and they trust me. I had the chance to meet the whole team during a test day in Lédenon (circuit where HEXIS AMR are based), and I visited their structure. I also attended the Paul Ricard test days, where I could see HEXIS AMR’s GT1 run. Today, I’m really proud to be part of the team!

What kind of look do you have on this new FIA GT1 World Championship?

I think this championship has a bright future and that it will certainly become the GTs queen category in the upcoming years. And I count a lot on the success of HEXIS AMR!

Any closing words?
I thank all my partners, the vodka brand White Birch and the watchmaker Horus. And a big thank-you to HEXIS AMR for the trust they give me.

- Romain Didier, photos V-Images
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