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    • Swiss Team secures Team and Drivers Championship
    • Giacomo Altoè youngest-ever GT Open Champion

    Monza (Italy), 13th October 2019:
    Emil Frey Racing completed its success at the International GT Open season final in Monza (Italy). After the Swiss team had taken the teams championship on Saturday already, the drivers Albert Costa Balboa and Giacomo Altoè secured the Drivers Championship in their number 63 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO. The 19-year-old Giacomo Altoè is therefore the youngest-ever winner of the GT Open in the history of the championship. The sister car with the number 14 completed the story and brought home the runners-up title in the drivers standing. The debut year of the cooperation between Emil Frey Racing and Lamborghini Squadra Corse could not have found a better ending.

    Race 1 I Saturday, 12th October 2019 – 70 minutes:
    Saturday was the first day of decisions. The first milestone for a good race result was set by the drivers Albert Costa Balboa (#63) and Norbert Siedler (#14) in qualifying with Pole Position and fourth on the grid. Following a fantastic start, Costa Balboa won the run up to the first chicane and headed as race leader into the first lap.

    The sister car was the first to pit coming from P4. Until the pit stop window, the Spaniard had extended his lead by more than seven seconds. After the obligatory 25 seconds handicap time during the pit stop, Altoè re-joined his home race in fifth place in the number 63, whilst Grenier in the sister car followed closely in P6.

    Race 2 I Sunday, 13th October 2019 – 61 minutes:
    The day in the Autodromo Nazionale Monza was to be a special one and an exciting race awaited the GT Open fans. The Emil Frey Racing drivers underlined the performance of the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO already in qualifying with Mikael Grenier, who still had a chance to grab the drivers title alongside team-mate Norbert Siedler, taking Pole Position. Giacomo Altoè set the 5th fastest time in the number 63 car.

    Grenier remained in the lead whilst Altoè lost one position to the Mercedes of Tom Onslow-Cole. Shortly after a moment of shock went through the Emil Frey Racing garage when the Mercedes of Agostini touched the Italian´s number 63 slightly in the first chicane, however, lucky the title contender was able to continue without any damage.
    Whilst Grenier defended his lead against the McLaren, he pitted on lap 12 to hand over the number 14 to his Austrian team-mate Norbert Siedler. Altoè came to the box three laps later with Costa Balboa re-joining the race right ahead of the #6 Mercedes. The Spaniard also had a scary moment as he was forced to drive through the barriers of turn 1 following a fight for positions.

    After all pitstops, the number 14 was listed in fourth place and Costa Balboa was running in sixth place at the time. First of all, Siedler was able to take P3 from the #16 McLaren, then started his charge for second position, which the #17 McLaren was keeping.

    Costa Balboa was also making ground and took fifth place from the #20 Mercedes. Lap after lap, Siedler had a great battle for second podium position, however, the Austrian did not take any unnecessary risks.

    In the end, a third place for the number 14 was sufficient to secure the runners-up title in the Drivers’ Championship despite the same points as the McLaren competitors. Costa Balboa crossed the finishing line in P4 with the number 63, winning the outright and PRO Drivers Championship.

    Team Quotes

    Lorenz Frey-Hilti, Team Principal Emil Frey Racing
    “I am very proud of the team who has worked very hard to achieve this success. We went into the last and final race on Sunday super motivated as ever as we were still fighting for the drivers title. It was a very exciting matter as both our driver pairings were able to still win it. We are very happy, that after a great race we managed to also win the Drivers championship and secure first and second place.”

    Jürg Flach, Technical Director Emil Frey Racing
    “The season was a great challenge for us as we started into a new project with Squadra Corse which did not leave us with enough time to go testing or for the general preparation ahead of a season. With further wins and podium finishes we underlined our ambitions for the title. I am very proud of our team and to be part of this success story. We achieved the absolute maximum for us and Lamborghini Squadra Corse with first and second place in the Drivers’ Championship on Sunday.”

    Driver Quotes Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #14

    Norbert Siedler (AUT)
    “I would like to thank the whole team for a great job not just this weekend. We are happy with the second place in the Drivers Championship. Today, we reached the best result for us as the McLaren was so quick on the straights and I was not able to overtake. I also did not want to take any risk to ensure we have the second place in the championship secured.”

    Mikael Grenier (CAN)
    “I already felt on my first stint that the Lamborghini was going really well. When I came into the pits for a tyre change, I told the team not to change anything else as I felt I could to Pole Position with this car. I believed in my capabilities. We showed once again this weekend that the Lamborghini is a very fast car. We still had a small chance of winning the drivers title, but in the end we did not wish anyone bad luck and so it was ideal for the team after having won the teams title already – in the end we work as a team and we were successful.”

    Driver Quotes Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #63

    Albert Costa Balboa (ESP)
    “We had a super qualifying on Saturday and had the absolute best starting point. Taking into consideration how much we had to fight on Friday, we had a strong comeback. Big thanks to the team as they worked late into the night on Friday to get the cars ready. I had the best car I ever drove this weekend. I am super, super happy to have won the drivers title.”

    Giacomo Altoè (ITA)
    “I think, we had a great weekend and we made a huge step forward from Friday to Saturday and managed to already win the teams championship on Saturday. The whole team did a fantastic job and I would like to thank everyone who supported me on my way to achieve my dream. Thank you all!”

    Emil Frey Racing heads to Season Final in Monza as Title Contender

    • Preview about the title fight in the International GT Open
    • Championship contender Giacomo Altoè celebrates home race at season final
    • Team heads into remaining championship races well-prepared

    Safenwil (Switzerland), 08th October 2019:

    The season is coming to an end. Just six months ago, Emil Frey Racing started into the collaboration with Lamborghini Squadra Corse and the cooperation with the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO. Emil Frey Racing has absolved 12 exciting races at six rounds at some of the most breathtaking race tracks in Europe. Now the final showdown awaits this coming weekend, the last sprint in the fight for the title in the International GT Open Championship. The season could not come to an end at a more suitable place for the highlight of the year than the famous Grand-Prix-Tack Autodromo Nazionale Monza, which is both the home of Lamborghini and Giacomo Altoè.

    Eight race victories, three of those as double victory can be credited to the Swiss race team. At only three races one car did not see the chequered flag – an impressive achievement. However, the stress is now on the focus of the last and all-decisive round of the season and to switch to attack mode. Albert Costa Balboa and Giacomo Altoè are heading-up the drivers table with 11 points. Emil Frey Racing has a 14-points lead in the team’s standings.

    Back in 2017, the title was very much in reach, however, an unfortunate weekend ruined all hopes for the final triumph. Therefore, all stops have been pulled ahead of the last round. In addition to meticulous preparations in the workshop in Safenwil as well as driver trainings in the very-own Emil Frey Simulator, the team also underwent a two-day test at Vallelunga.

    Emil Frey Racing has set everything in place in order to finish this season as the beaming winner of the International GT Open.

    The race meeting of the International GT Open in the Parco di Monza begins on Friday, 11th October 2019 with two free practice sessions. The first qualifying takes place at 10:05 am on Saturday, 12th October 2019 with the 70-minute-race following at 03:15 pm. On Sunday, 13th October 2019, the second qualifying also takes place at 10:05 am and the very final race in the afternoon from 02:50 pm.

    All practice sessions, qualifyings and races are broadcast live via: https://www.youtube.com/user/GTOPENseries

    For more information, please visit www.emilfreyracing.com.

    Team Quotes

    Lorenz Frey-Hilti, Team Principal Emil Frey Racing
    “The team is very much looking forward to the season final and we really would like to take home the titles. So far, we had a good season, but there were also some disappointments along the road of many successes. Furthermore, the time handicaps due to podium finishes are always a great strategic challenge in the International GT Open Championship. The cooperation with Lamborghini started very well and we as a team worked very well with the new cars. We were close to winning the title once already. This time we are not letting the win slip away again, but it will be very close as usual. Monza will be one very exciting weekend.”

    Jürg Flach, Technical Director Emil Frey Racing
    “Following the return from Barcelona, we measured and checked the Lamborghinis thoroughly. Some parts related to the drive shaft as well as the chassis were controlled, and crack tested. We also participated in a two-day test in Vallelunga to be best-prepared for the Low-Down-Force weekend at Monza. Since we managed to extend our lead in both the team and drivers’ standings, we must focus to defend our lead with two strong qualifying and races at Monza. We get the chance to find the optimum Set-up on Thursday at the official test of the GT Open to ensure to have a good performance. I believe in our team and the competitiveness of our cars. I am heading optimistically to Monza but with a certain respect, as we cannot allow any mistakes to happen.”

    Driver Quotes Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #14

    Norbert Siedler (AUT)
    “Monza will not be easy for us. The track features many straights and we will have to see if we can keep up with the McLaren. But we will do all necessary optimizations to ensure we will be the great team on Sunday evening.”

    Mikael Grenier (CAN)
    “It´s hard to believe that Monza is already the final race of the season. It will be a difficult weekend for us, as we are not as strong with the top-speed as the McLaren, but we will give our best and push. Our goal is to win the championship for Emil Frey Racing and Lamborghini. So, we will pull out all the stops to make it happen.”

    Driver Quotes Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #63

    Albert Costa Balboa (ESP)
    “Monza is the absolute high-speed track. At the same time, it´s the home race for my team-mate and the home of Lamborghini. I am very motivated and excited to come as the leader of the championship to the final race of the year. We have many possibilities and I am confident that we will succeed.”

    Giacomo Altoè (ITA)
    “Monza is my home race and already the last of the season. I am very excited. In my opinion, some of our competitors will work better with the track in Monza than we with our Lamborghinis. Nevertheless, the focus is on winning the title and we will see where we will stand in the end.”