Drivex and its duo of Brazilian drivers, Marcelo Hahn and Allam Khodair, were pleased with their overall performance in International GT Open´s Winter Series at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Despite Barcelona was a completely new track for Hahn and Khodair, and it was their first outing as well with the Audi-built machinery in spite of their experience with other GT3-based cars, the duo passed with flying colors even when the entry list was extremely strong and competitive.
On Friday morning, electrical issues hampered Drivex´s opening day. As a result, both drivers were forced to miss Test 2 and Test 3 but mechanics´ restless work finally identified which the problem was and the Audi was back on the track in the final session. However, the best was saved for last. On Saturday, Hahn and Khodair lapped under 1:50 barrier all day long. But an outstanding lap of 1:46.876 was definitely the highlight. The pairing of Drivex finally took 7th place in the timesheets.
The Winter Series will head to Paul Ricard on 3-4 March.
Miguel Ángel de Castro: “We are pleased with our performance. Electric problems always create quite a major headache with this car but our pit crew was able to do a nice work to fix it. It is the kind of problem resulting in a nightmare for mechanics, but their effort to solve it paid off. Marcelo and Allam really liked that, how Drivex worked. I must highlight the work of Marcelo and Allam, because it was its first outing with an Audi GT3 and Barcelona was new for them too, and they clocked an impressive 1:46 lap time. Never an Audi R8 LMS ultra lapped quicker than that at Montmeló. It proves our work on set-up was excellent and the competitiveness of new upgrades installed. By far, our Audi was the oldest GT3 on the track but still managed to beat last generation cars.”