With the Season Opener of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, Emil Frey Jaguar Racing is officially starting the new season. At the high-speed circuit at the Autodromo Nazionale in Monza, the Swiss team is aiming for a Top-10 result with both their Emil Frey GT3 Jaguar.
Every year, the three-hour race in Monza marks the start to the worldwide highly acclaimed Endurance Cup. The Endurance Cup consists of four races plus the exciting 24-hours of Spa, in which the strong competitors will fight hard for the point finishes. Emil Frey Jaguar Racing has had a string of bad luck in Monza in past years and hopes to secure a good result following the successfully completed tests ahead of the season.
“We suffered a lot of bad luck last year with a tyre puncture right before the end of the race and we could also not be satisfied with the results in previous years”, says Lorenz Frey, Team Principal Emil Frey Jaguar Racing. “Monza is a track that asks for good performance with low downforce, a good engine power, aerodynamic efficiency and good breaks, all attributes the GT3 Jaguar features. The tests went well and therefore we are highly-motivated for the first race of the year and would like to achieve a good result.”
The number 14 Emil Frey GT3 Jaguar will be driven by the well-known driver pairing Albert Costa Balboa from Spain, Stéphane Ortelli (MCO) and Lorenz Frey (CH). The sister car with the number 114 will see the team´s new entry, Marco Seefried (GER), Jonathan Hirschi (CH) and Austrian Christian Klien behind the wheel.
The Blancpain Endurance Cup will go underway with the first Free Practice session on Saturday, 22 April 2017 from 10:45 am. Qualifying will commence on Sunday at 09:50 am, with the three-hour race starting at 14:45 pm. More information and Live-Streaming atwww.blancpain-gt-series.com
Driver Quotes Emil Frey GT3 Jaguar #14
Albert Costa Balboa (ESP)
“I am excited for the start of the season and look forward to racing with Emil Frey Racing again this year. The Blancpain GT Series is becoming more and more competitive each year and it is all the more exciting to race against the best of the best. We are ready!”
Stéphane Ortelli (MCO)
“I very much like to drive in the Blancpain GT Series and I am looking forward to race with the Emil Frey GT3 Jaguar again. I feel good and it will be great to sit in the cockpit again and start the new season. I have special memories of Monza and every time I go there it is something special to drive on this track.”
Lorenz Frey (CH)
“We have prepared ourselves intensively since the last race and are in a good position. We have improved many components in our team and have a strong overall package. I am happy to race in Monza and it will be interesting to see, where we will end up.”
Driver Quotes Emil Frey GT3 Jaguar #114
Marco Seefried (GER)
“I am delighted to drive for such an experienced and traditional team as Emil Frey Racing this year. The team made the change very easy for me and I felt a warm welcome right from the first day. I have been impressed with the professional way of working by the whole team and I cannot wait to finally get going in Monza.”
Jonathan Hirschi (CH)
“We are all very much motivated. Our aim is, to have some good Top-10 results this year and after the good preparations, this goal should be realistic.”
Christian Klien (A)
“We are heading into the season with a positive feeling following the promising tests over the winter and also the results at the official test days in Paul Ricard. We were able to drive plenty of mileage and laps without any major issues. We should be in a good position for Monza and I look forward to the race.”
Source. Emil Frey Racing/Photo. John Patterson