Two weeks after Spa-Francorchamps, Drivex will contest the third round of the International GT Open to take place on French soil. After Belgium, the series arrives in France for another double-header at famous Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet.
Drivex, after securing their first podium of the season as Marcelo Hahn and Allam Khodair did put a faultless performance at the wheel of their Mercedes AMG GT3 in the Belgian Ardennes, is ready for another chapter of thrill in France. Besides, Drivex will have interesting novelties in the driver line-up. On this occasion, Khodair will not race under Drivex banner due to his racing programme in the Stock Car Brazil. He will be replaced by Alan Hellmeister, another Brazilian ace with plenty of experience in GT racing and current working as a coach driver with Christian Hahn in the Euroformula Open. Hellmeister, aged 30 and born in Sao Paulo, took the Porsche GT3 Endurance Cup title last year and previously he also won the Brazilian GT4 Championship four years ago.
As usual, Hahn and Hellmeister will fight for Pro-Am honours and with fourteen cars of this class on the entry list it will the toughest once again in le Castellet. After two rounds at Estoril and Spa-Francorchamps, Drivex and its drivers rank 6th overall.
On Friday there are two free practice sessions scheduled with a third extra session for Bronze-categorized drivers. On Saturday, Q1 is scheduled at 11.30 (CET) with the 70-minute long race to get underway at 16.15 (CET). On Sunday, Q2 will take place at 09.45 (CET) and race 2 (14.15) is due to start at 14.15 (CET), consisting of 60 minutes.
Miguel Ángel de Castro: “Our first podium finish of the season at Spa was an encouraging result for sure, and it shows we are doing well. Due to his racing commitments in Brazil, Allam will not be able to join us this time. But Hellmeister is another top driver and they know how we work because he is coaching Christian Hahn in Formula 3. We are making steady progress little by little. I’m sure we will make another step forward at Paul Ricard. We really like Paul Ricard, for instance we set the pole position there at the 24 hour-event last year. It’s a good basis to start working with.”
Source. Drivex S.L.