Emil Frey Racing head to Barcelona this weekend with hopes of their Lexus RC F GT3 clinching the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup in the season-closing race at the Circuit de Catalunya. With two cars entered for the event and Stéphane Ortelli returning to wheel of the No114 Lexus following his accident at Spa, hopes are also high for the team to take third place overall in the competition.
“This is a track that suits us, but we have only had two weeks to prepare,” said Hannes Gautschi, the team’s technical co-ordinator. “At the moment we are leading the Endurance Cup by a fraction. Our goal is to keep that lead and score as many points as possible to secure a top result in the overall ranking.”
Although only in their first full season of Blancpain GT racing, the team are in fifth in the overall championship, just 2.5 points off third place. In the Endurance Cup, they head to Spain with a four-point advantage over the AKKA ASP Mercedes team.
This weekend will be a special occasion for Alberto Costa Balboa, piloting the No14 Lexus alongside Christian Klien and Marco Seefried. “I am very excited as this will be a home race for me in Barcelona. Out winter testing here was positive and the track’s characteristics are good for the Lexus,” he said.
Stéphane Ortelli will share driving duties in the No114 Lexus with Norbert Siedler and Markus Palttala.
Both qualifying and the three-hour race will take place this Sunday (30 September), from 9am and 3pm respectively (local time).