Emil Frey Racing travels to Paul Ricard
The third championship round of the 2016 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup will be held on 24 - 25 June at Circuit Paul Ricard in France. Once again, Emil Frey Racing will be competing initially with "only" a single vehicle for a points-winning finish.
The six hour race at the 5.861 kilometer Circuit Paul Ricard is longer than usual and will also continue into the night. For the driver trio, Lorenz Frey (CH), Stéphane Ortelli (MC) and Albert Costa (ES), this will be a welcome training opportunity to prepare for the 24 Hour Race in Spa-Francorchamps (July 28 - 31, 2016).
The third meeting of the 2016 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup will primarily focus on confirming the vehicle's performance over the full six hours of the race. "Our main aim is to turn the car's existing potential into a quantifiable race result, and to reap the rewards of the team's hard work, day in, day out," says driver and team manager Lorenz Frey. Most recently, the Emil Frey GT3 Jaguar gave a convincing performance with the fifth-best qualifying lap at Silverstone, leaving 46 GT3 contesters behind it.
The Safenwil, Switzerland, based team nevertheless had to postpone its original plan of competing with a second car from the Paul Ricard race onwards. The second wild cat is to celebrate its initial rollout shortly.
Driver line-up for second race car
Then, three high caliber as well as skilled drivers, Jonathan Hirschi (CH), Markus Palttala (FIN) and Christian Klien (A), will take to the wheel. As Le Mans contestant and WRC rally driver, Jonathan Hirschi is an all-rounder who will bring a great deal of experience to the cockpit. He also already assisted Emil Frey Racing at the 24 hour race in Spa over the past two years, and therefore knows the team. The second driver, Markus Palttala, won the Ardennes Classic a year ago and will thus be defending his title. And last but not least, Emil Frey Racing succeeded in gaining an ex-Formula 1 racer with Christian Klien. The native Austrian who is living in Switzerland, participated recently at the 24h Le Mans finishing on the podium in 2008 in P1 , as well as in the premium class of motorsports until 2010, making his debut as F1 Grand Prix driver in 2004 - fittingly with Jaguar Racing.
"We're thrilled to extend our driver line-up with such prominent additions. With that, we'll have two irons in the fire from the next race onwards, the 24 Hour Race at Spa-Francorchamps. The reconstructed racing car and additional driving team are ready to take on the rollout shortly," says Technical Director Jürg Flach. "But to start off with, our main aim is to grab as many points as possible and a good finish in France."
CK : I am very proud to be part of the traditional Swiss based EMIL FREY RACING TEAM,
and to race their JAGUAR GT3 in the 2016 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.
I hardly can wait to get behind the wheel of the Jaguar GT3, to race the machine at the 24h of SPA at the 30th of July 2016.
Nevertheless we all will have heavy workload until SPA to prepare the two cars for a successful participation.
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