Emil Frey Racing qualified with a magnificent fifth starting position in Silverstone at the second meeting of the 2016 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. After a technical hitch during the race, the Emil Frey GT3 Jaguar achieved 43rd place before countless British fans..
“It’s a disappointing result when you consider where we started,” said team manager and driver, Lorenz Frey, after the race. “It good to know, however, that we can keep up with the other top-speedsters and I’m delighted we could give the Jaguar fans a run for their money during qualifying.”
The race was preceded by the best-ever qualifying session in Emil Frey Racing’s Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup history, and is especially noteworthy given the extremely stiff competition consisting of 52 GT3 racing cars. Together with his team colleagues Stéphane Ortelli (MC) and Albert Costa (ES), and a 1:59.243 minute lap time, Frey succeeded in securing a sensational fifth starting position. “That was qualifying made to measure. We’re overjoyed. We had great plans for the Jaguar home game and are thrilled with Albert’s fast lap time,” the Zurich citizen summed up.
Stéphane Ortelli of Monaco took the wheel at the start of the three-hour race, settling down in seventh position. After the first hour, he routinely switched with Lorenz Frey who was later forced to make an unscheduled pit stop due to repair a problem with the Emil Frey GT3 Jaguar’s braking system. After losing four laps’ time, Frey/Costa succeeded in returning to the track. But the lost minutes were unrecoverable, and the best they could achieve was 43rd place.
“With so much high-caliber competition, weaknesses are simply not an option. We showed what our car can is capable of during qualifying. I’m very optimistic about the next race,” concluded Emil Frey Technical Director Jürg Flach.
The next 2016 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup meeting will be held on 24 – 25 June 2016 at the Circuit Paul Ricard (France).
Source. Emil Frey Racing/Photo. John Patterson