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  • 26 BITTERSWEET POINTS FOR EMIL FREY RACING IN ZANDVOORT

    26 BITTERSWEET POINTS FOR EMIL FREY RACING IN ZANDVOORT

    • Double Pole Position for Grenier/Siedler with Lamborghini #14
    • P4 for Duo Costa/Altoè in the first race
    • #163 takes home win after second race

    Zandvoort (Netherlands), September 26th 2020

    Free Practice / Pre-Qualifying / Qualifying – Friday
    20 from a total of 22 cars took part in the free practice in Zandvoort, with Emil Frey Racing being the only Lamborghini Team on the grid. Mikael Grenier with #14 finished his stint at second place, after which the Lamborghini was handed over to his colleague Norbert Siedler, who managed to keep the position, and therefore finished in second place. For #163, it was Albert Costa who went first, after which his colleague Altoè took over. He finished solidly on P7.
    It started to rain heavily right at the beginning of the pre-qualifying, just when Altoè (#163) and Siedler (#14) were getting ready to take off. Only 13 minutes into the pre-qualifying, the action had to be interrupted due to a crash caused by an Audi. Altoè raced to P6 and handed over the car to Costa. Grenier, meanwhile, took over from Siedler and positioned himself in P1, only 30 minutes before the end of the race, thanks to having nailed the fastest lap time in the third section. Shortly thereafter, the qualy in rainy Zandvoort was interrupted a second time. Nevertheless, Grenier managed to finish solidly on P4 with #14. #163 with Costa behind the wheel finished the pre-qualifying on P11.
    Grenier for #14 and Altoè for #163 were getting ready on the track that was still wet from the rain, to take on the first qualifying. Altoè fought hard and was able to constantly improve his lap time with each round. He finished the first qualifying solidly on P10 for #163. Grenier, meanwhile, showed a brilliant performance with #14, and delivered the fastest lap time with only 8 minutes to go – despite the fact that the Canadian ended his session in the gravel. This little circumstance as well as a Mercedes that started skidding led to an interruption and caused for lap times to be cancelled. Still, even Greniers second-best lap time was fast enough to grant him the pole position for the first race.
    Second qualifying. Time for Siedler (#14) and Costa (#163) to show what they’re made of. Costa delivered a strong start right away and managed to stay on top. Norbert Siedler as well gave it his all in the last three minutes and achieved unbeatable lap times in both sectors. Siedler therefore secured the second pole position of the weekend for Crew #14. Costa was missing a mere 0,036 seconds to reach P1, and landed on P2. Amazing results for Emil Frey Racing, who would be starting at the very front.

    Race 1 – Saturday
    The asphalt was still wet, but Grenier (#14) and Altoè (#163) were ready to take on the first of two races. Because of the unpredictable weather, the team decided on a two-thronged tire strategy: Grenier would start with slicks, while Altoè would start with rain tires. Shortly after the start of the race, rain started to pour. It took much longer than expected for the asphalt to dry, which led #14 with the slicks to have a hard time building grip, causing them, unfortunately, to fall far behind. Siedler got behind the wheel of #14 and finished the race on a frustrating P19.
    Altoè was a tad luckier with #163 and rain tires and raced to P2 after 30 minutes, but had to deal with a tire puncture shortly thereafter. After a quick pitstop, his colleague Costa took over and secured a solid P4 – despite the flat tire.

    Race 2 – Saturday
    Albert Costa started the second race from a strong P2, but lost a position in the first corner to an Audi, falling back to third place. There were 6 laps still to race and Siedler felt strong oversteering, but kept on fighting. Costa used the mistake of the Audi in front of him to his advantage and placed himself in P2. Because of the better pace he was even able to place himself at the top. The Lamborghini with #14 followed and positioned himself on P2. Crew #163 continued to deliver a stellar performance in the second stint, with #163 even racing to victory. What’s more, Crew #163 won the pitstop challenge for the fastest pitstop. Alas, while #14 finished the race in second place, they were given a 30-second penalty. Reason for this was a decision by the stewarts that the pitstop was not done according to safety standards. Emil Frey Racing is concluding the race weekend in Zandvoort with mixed feelings.

    Team statements

    Lorenz Frey-Hilti, Team Principal
    This race weekend shows once again that the sport of racing can be cruel. Despite having secured a promising advantage in the qualifyings, we were greatly disappointed after having been given the penalty for #14. The twin victory in Zandvoort was not ours to take home.
    I am very proud of the victory of #163 in the second race. This is a great motivation for the team. Three sprint races are next in Barcelona. We will prepare as much as we can.

    Jürg Flach, Technical Director
    We expected to deliver a strong performance this weekend, and we were right. We were highly competitive from the start – in dry as well as in wet conditions. The outstanding qualifying results were proof of that. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to reap the fruits of our labour with #14, and weren’t able to celebrate a double victory together with #163. But still, with our first victory in the GT WORLD CHALLENGE EUROPE and Lamborghini, we achieved positive results and gained important points for the championship. So we’re optimistic, and we look forward to our next stop in Barcelona.

    Driver statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #163

    Albert Costa Balboa (ESP)
    Luck wasn’t on our side in Magny-Cours and I made a mistake, so I was really looking forward to this weekend to give my best for the team and Giacomo. We were extremely focused. The team had a really great car – in wet as well as in dry conditions. In the first race, we had to deal with a tire explosion, but we still managed to finish the race in fourth place. So I’m really happy. Then, in the second race, I lost one position in the first corner. But I got lucky and was able to overtake. Also, Norbert let me pass which made my life much easier. I got my rhythm back and I’m really looking forward to Barcelona.

    Giacomo Altoè (ITA)
    I’m so so happy about the results of Race 2. We won! I’m so proud of the whole team and my teammate Albert. And also: The pit crew won the pitstop challenge. They’ve been amazing! Finally, we got rid of the bad luck from qualy where we had issues with the tires and the bad luck in Race 1, where we were in P1 but had to deal with a tire explosion. We’re back, and we can start from here.

    Driver statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #14

    Norbert Siedler (AUT)
    It was definitely a great weekend with having bagged two pole positions. Although luck wasn’t on our side in the first race because of the tires that were chosen, we still finished with a great overall result for the whole team. In terms of speed, we’re where we want to be, now we just need luck to be on our side as well! Congratulations to Giacomo and Albert. They did a great job! We’re now looking forward to the next race. But first, we will do tests in Spa, which will be crucial to find the right setup, but after that we’re headed straight to Barcelona, where we’re going to be fighting right at the top.

    Mikaël Grenier (CAN)
    It was a good weekend. I’m very proud of the team. Two pole positions is something to be proud of. First pole position of the year – times two! The car showed a strong performance in the rain. This morning, we had a bit of bad luck with the tire strategy, but that’s just how it is. Sometimes it’s just like playing in the casino. We focused on the second race, where we struggled a bit with the car, but in the long run, we managed to get good results for the team, so I’m happy. Of course, I’m disappointed about the 30-second penalty. In my mind, we finished second. We were able to show everyone how fast we are. I think the penalty was a bit harsh, but rules are rules. Now we move forward and we look ahead.

    TWO SPRINT RACES AWAIT EMIL FREY RACING IN ZANDVOORT

    • Marks the third out of four sprint race weekends of the season
    • Qualifying highly crucial
    • Valuable learnings gathered at test weekend last July


    Safenwil (Switzerland), September 22nd 2020

    Points up for grabs at two one-hour sprint races
    Emil Frey Racing currently ranks 6th in the overall team ranking at the GT WORLD CHALLENGE EUROPE. Of course, the goal remains the same: to score as many points as possible at every race weekend to further climb up the ranks. The Emil Frey Racing team already had the chance to test at Zandvoort last July, from which they gained valuable insights and learnings that they will take with them to the coming race weekend.  The team from Safenwil is expecting a tight schedule from September 25-26, 2020.

    Once again, the race will be taking place without a live audience. However, fans can watch the race and root for their teams live via Youtube-Livestream. A couple of support series will also be held at the Circuit Zandvoort this weekend. The Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux and the Formula Renault Eurocup to name just two. The Circuit in Zandvoort made its name as a Formula 1 track and comprises a total of 14 fast and sweeping corners and 4.307km of length. Located in the dunes north of Zandvoort, the track comes with a lot of hills as well as tricky crests and bumps. The surface constantly gets covered in sand because of the wind, which presents a big challenge.

    Team statements

    Lorenz Frey-Hilti, Team Principal
    I’ve never been to the Circuit of Zandvoort myself, but I’ve read and heard a lot about it. This track definitely has its challenges. Also, the track is located near the coast, which is why we’ve got to constantly keep an eye on the asphalt as the sand and the dirt play a big role when it comes to driving performance. We’re very focused on taking home crucial points, and we’re looking forward.

    Jürg Flach, Technical Director
    We already did some testing in Zandvoort last July. The test helped us to set up the cars according to track-specific intricacies and to gain valuable learnings for the race. This year, the track underwent some changes in Sector 1 and 3, with parts having gotten asphalted and corners having been slightly modified. After the solid performance in Magny-Cours, it’s now all about keeping our momentum to achieve the best possible outcomes at the qualifiyings and the sprint races to score as many points as possible in the series.

    Driver statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #163

    Albert Costa Balboa (ESP)
    After all the bad luck and my error in Magny-Cours, it’s time to move on to the next chapter. I’m looking forward to the two sprint races in Zandvoort. We had a great setup in Magny-Cours, but weren’t able to show what we’ve got. Now it’s time to give everything in Zandvoort. It’s looking good and I really like that track. As always, I will give my very best for the whole team and my team partner Giacomo.

    Giacomo Altoè (ITA)
    Crew #163 had a rough weekend in Magny-Cours. It’s now time to come back stronger and to show our potential. I really like the track in Zandvoort, but I know it’s definitely a tricky one. Takeovers will be the big challenge, which is why the qualifying will be crucial.

    Driver statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #14

    Norbert Siedler (AUT)
    After a great race weekend in France, I’m now looking forward to a new challenge in Zandvoort. It’s one of my favorite circuits! The qualifying will be of utmost importance. As we’ve already got the chance to test in Zandvoort, we come prepared with experience and a lot of knowledge which is why I think we’re going to do great!

    Mikaël Grenier (CAN)
    I’m looking forward to the sprint weekend in Zandvoort. It’s a very interesting track that requires the perfect setup. It’s a challenge for us drivers as well. We come well-prepared because of the tests we did there. We delivered a strong performance in Magny-Cours two weekends ago, but we know we need to continue to work hard and to once again lay our focus on a good qualy, as takeovers are very difficult to execute in Zandvoort.

    A ROLLERCOASTER OF EMOTIONS FOR EMIL FREY RACING IN MAGNY-COURS

    • First finish on the podium for Grenier and Siedler (#14) after R1
    • Collision with Mercedes leads to early retirement for #163 in R1
    • Strong grid – less than two tenths between P10 and P1 in the qualifying


    Magny-Cours (France), September 13th 2020

    Private Test Session – Thursday
    To the drivers of Emil Frey Racing, the two-hour private test session taking place on Thurdsay from 20:15 to 22:15 presented the perfect opportunity to prepare for the first race on Saturday night. It was obvious from the get-go that drivers Costa (#163) and Siedler (#14) had been familiar with the circuit from past races. For their colleages Altoè (#163) and Grenier (#14), however, Magny-Cours was a first. The dark lighting conditions weren’t ideal for a first «getting to know you», but they nevertheless offered a good base for the upcoming weekend. An hour after the private testing sessions started, it had to be interrupted due to a Bentley that caught fire. The only two Lamborghinis participating ended their late-night test session on P9 with #14 and P4 with #163.

    Free Practice / Pre-Qualifying – Friday
    Mikael Grenier started out strong with #14. Unfortunately, only two minutes into the free practice, the car of a competitor skidded off-road and landed on the gravel, which led to the training being halted momentarily. Norbert Siedler was handed over the Lamborghini and immediately felt at ease, with his lap times being incredibly strong. Giacomo Altoè as well gained more confidence with each lap before handing the Lamborghini over to Costa, who then finished at P6. Meanwhile, #14 raced to P12. At the Pre-Qualifying later that night, it was Altoè and Grenier who went first for their respective teams. The setup of both cars were continuously optimized according to the demands of the circuit and #14 finished on P9 while #163 finished strong as well on P8.

    Qualifying & Race – Saturday
    Although Italian Giacomo Altoè was able to race to P3 right at the beginning of the qualifying, he lost valuable time only two minutes before the finish line because of slightly driving off the track, giving him an end position of P11 after qualy. Meanwhile, Mikael Grenier with #14 solidified his advantage with each lap and finished strong on P2. Luck continued to be elusive for Altoè at the race later that night. Only a few minutes after the start of the first race, a Mercedes and his Lamborghini #163 touched. The resulting damage led to an early end of the race, which left the whole #163 crew disappointed. Unfazed, Mikael Grenier was able to continuously improve his pace before turning the car over to Norbert Siedler at a solid second place. Siedler managed to defend P2 until the very end, helping the whole crew #14 achieve their first podium, at 2nd place.

    Qualifying & Race – Sunday
    Albert Costa and Norbert Siedler were pumped and ready to take on the second qualifying of the race weekend. The qualifying was kicked off with a very strong start by Costa, with him reaching P1 after only 10 minutes. Siedler as well proved to be strong competition and raced to P3. One minute before the finish, Costa had to reduce speed in the midst of his fastest lap due to yellow flag. He concluded the qualifying on P5 with his #163. Siedler with #14 lost two valuable tenths during his fastest lap due to being blocked by a competitor, giving him a starting position of P10 for the second race. Fun fact: First place and 10th place were only two tenths apart.
    A powerful amount of adrenalin gathered at the circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours. At 13:45 sharp, 23 cars kicked into gear and immediately caused a turbulent start. 35 minutes into the race, a rather unfortunate pitstop by crew #163 caused for valuable time to be lost. Reason for this time loss was a crash with vehicle #66, which led to the crew experiencing difficulties in putting on the tire during pitstop. In the meantime, Norbert Siedler fought his way all the way up to P5 in his #14, before it was time for a pitstop and time to change drivers, to Mikael Grenier.
    25 minutes before the end of the race, #163 was given a stop-and-go penalty because of the aforementioned crash and found itself at P12. Meanwhile, Canadian Mikael Grenier was clocking in increasingly fast lap times. With only 10 minutes left to go, the positions for Emil Frey Racing were P12 for #163 and P8 for #14. In the last 2 heated minutes, Grenier once again gave it his very best. He gained one position and reached P7. For the second race day, Emil Frey Racing finished on P7 with #14 and P12 with #163.

    Team statements

    Lorenz Frey-Hilti, Team Principal
    How tight the series is, was once again spectacularly proven at this race weekend. Every hundredth of a second matters, especially in qualifying. I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, I am extremely elated over reaching 2nd with #14 at the night race. Grenier and Siedler did a great job. It’s so rewarding to be on the podium with Lamborghini. On the other hand, the crash between the Mercedes and our #163 was very unfortunate. Alas, we have to accept it. As fort he second race, I’m happy with the performance of both Lamborghinis. Of course, the stop-and-go penalty was rather regrettable because we had great chances of placing well. Still, I’m looking back at a very fruitful race weekend and am already looking forward to the next one in Zandvoort.

    Jürg Flach, Technical Director
    We were quite optimistic about Magny-Cours. We improved steadily in the sessions and delivered a solid performance in the qualifying. It was our goal to get on the podium – something we reached with #14 thanks to great results in the qualy. It’s a pity that we fought hard but still weren’t able to meet expectations with #163, owing to a small crash in the first race; a penalty; and a pitstop which took too long after a collision in the second race.

    Driver statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #163

    Albert Costa Balboa (ESP)
    After a strong qualifying I was confident and really motivated to start the race. But after one lap I couldn’t find the confidence in the car like I was able to in qualy. I lost one position after the safety car and afterwords, while fighthing against a competitor, I lost another position when we touched each other. I thought he was going straight in the chicane but he didn’t. That’s when we touched each other and he went straight to the wall. After the crash my car was not performing the same way anymore. I want to apologize to the whole team as well as Lamborghini Squadra Corse for my mistake. Only two weeks left until the next race. We need to stay focused as we have a strong team as well as a strong car.

    Giacomo Altoè (ITA)
    This was a tough weekend for us. We were given great opportunities but weren’t able to make the most out of them. In the first race we just got very unlucky with the crash – and we didn’t even finish one lap! And then the stop-and-go penalty in the second race! We now have to take a step back and look at all the things that went wrong this weekend in order to return stronger to the next race in Zandvoort and to maximize our potential.

    Driver statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #14

    Norbert Siedler (AUT)
    Of course, I am super happy for the entire team who did an amazing job throughout the whole weekend. The Lamborghini’s setup was great from the start, so that we only had to do minor adjustments. In the end, we were rewarded with our first podium of the season, which is great for the whole team. Thank you once again. In today’s race we made it to P7. We’re happy about this, but I think we could have fought further up front in the qualifying. Nevertheless, we gained points and our focus now is in on the next race in Zandvoort.

    Mikaël Grenier (CAN)
    I am very happy about the weekend. We started very strong from Thursday on and improved in every session. The engineers are doing a great job and step by step we are getting stronger. Norbert was also mega this weekend. It’s a shame that he got blocked in his qualy as he was on a pole position lap and the race would have been different. In any case, a front row start and our first podium yesterday is still very positive.

    A FIRST FOR EMIL FREY RACING AT MAGNY-COURS IN FRANCE

    • Second sprint race of the season
    • A one hour long night race as the weekend highlight
    • EFR confirms participating at the official test sessions


    Safenwil (Switzerland), September 08th 2020

    Nonstop: from Nürburgring (DE) to Magny-Cours (FR)
    The tight race schedule for the months of September and October barely leaves any room to take a breather. As soon as the six hour long endurance race at Nürburgring comes to a close, it’s already time for the next sprint race for the team from Safenwil. The upcoming sprint weekend will consist of two races, each lasting one hour. What makes the coming weekend extra exciting is the fact that the race on Saturday will start at 22:15 sharp, thus making it a night race. Aside from the GT WORLD CHALLENGE EUROPE, numerous other support series will be part of the race happenings. For example, the French GT4 as well as the Formula 4 will be present at the race weekend.

    Magny-Cours lies at the heart of France and is home to the former Formula 1 track «Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours». The circuit has a very smooth and flat surface and is over 4.412 kilometers long. It comes with nine right- and eight left turns and is considered one of the most modern and safest race circuits in the world. The corner Cheateu d’eau is located at the highest point of the track and owes its name to a water tower only two hundert meters away, that, up to this day, supplies the towns of Magny-Cours and Saint-Parize-le-Châtel with water.

    24 cars will get into the fight at the race weekend from the 10th to the 13th of September 2020. Emil Frey Racing is ready to fight and defend their place in the Top 10. The following schedule is in place for the race weekend in Magny-Cours (FR) (local CET-time)

    Team statements

    Lorenz Frey-Hilti, Team Principal
    I’m extra excited about this particular race weekend. It’s going to be very interesting because the location is a first for both the GT WORLD CHALLENGE EUROPE as well as for us as a team. The race track has its tricky particularities. Furthermore, it’s going to be the first time for both our Lamborghinis to race at night. I am looking forward to this challenge and am hoping to bring home valuable points.

    Jürg Flach, Technical Director
    Magny-Cours is a well-known race track, but we’ve never actually tested or raced that track during our GT3 times. So it’s our objective to use the 2-hour long test session on Thurdsay evening to adjust our basline setup according to the demands of the track, and to then use our free practice to further optimize the cars for the qualis as well as the race.  The circuit is very even and comes with a lot of chicanes that require a lot of downforce and solid balance. We are ready to take on this new challenge and we will give it our best shot to score more championship points.

    Driver statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #163

    Albert Costa Balboa (ESP)
    For me personally, Magny-Cours is one of the greatest circuits that I’ve ever raced. I really, really like this track. It was in Magny-Cours where I learned to take fast turns as a Formula driver. I remember racing there in 2009 and 2010. In 2009, I even won both races at the Renault 2.0 Eurocup, where I really fought hard to land on the podium. In the sport of GT, it will be my first time to be there. As already mentioned, it’s a beautiful track that always allowed me to show my strengths. That’s why I almost can’t wait to return. I hope that the car will work according to plan, so that we can fight for a place on top.

    Giacomo Altoè (ITA)
    Magny-Cours is a completely new circuit for me. But it’s going to be a first not just for me, but for the whole race series as well. The track is not going to be easy without any previous experience, but I’m still looking forward to successfully applying our learnings from our first sprint race in Misano to this race.

    Driver statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #14

    Norbert Siedler (AUT)
    For sure, Magny-Cours is going to be really interesting for all teams. I doubt that a lot of teams were able to test this track! We have to be agile during the free practice to be able to make adjustments to the setup quickly. I am confident that we will pull that off. The circuit really suits me with its fast and slow corners. It’s going to boil down to finding a good compromise with regards to the setup. We are ready for the second sprint weekend!

    Mikaël Grenier (CAN)
    Despite it being my first time to race this circuit, I am already considering this track as one of my favorites. Also, I’m really stoked about the night race. That is going to be a lot of fun for the fans at home and really interesting for us as a challenge. We are aiming for a successful race weekend and are taking our learnings from the sprint race in Misano with us, which is why I am confident about getting good results.

    BAD LUCK FOR EMIL FREY RACING AT NÜRBURGRING WEEKEND

    • 48 GT3-cars on the grid
    • #163 discontinues race following contact with Porsche
    • Ricardo Feller retires #14 due to health reasons


    Nürburgring (Germany), September 06th 2020

    Private Testing Session – Thursday
    The team from Safenwil took the four 50-minute private test sessions on Thurdsay as an opportunity to acclimatise to the infamous weather at the Ring. Despite dry conditions at the start, rain didn’t wait for long and put the teams to the test, as they were faced with the decision as to which tires would bring the biggest advantage over competitors. The two Emil Frey Racing Lamborghinis finished the last test session at fourth place with #163, and at P18 with #14.

    Free Practice / Pre-Qualifying / Qualifying – Saturday
    At free practice, #14 struggled with lack of grip, causing the Lamborghini to slide. #163 finished the free practice at P16, while #14 finished at P36. At pre-qualifying, the Eifelweather proved to be quite versatile with both sun and rain, and kept the team from Safenwil on their toes. Thanks to adjustments to the setup on both cars, understeering as well as lack of grip could greatly be improved. #14 then ironically finished at P14, while #163 claimed P15, right behind #14. It was Norbert Siedler (#14) and Franck Perera (#163) who completed the first out of three 15-minute qualifyings. Giacomo Altoè took over for #163 in the second quali and raced to second place. Mikael Grenier, who took over from #14, felt right at home and raced to P8. Last but not least, Ricardo Feller (#14) and Albert Costa (#163), gave it their best shot in the third qualifying. #14 once again finished at P14 and #163 finished at P6. This gave us an overall starting position for the race on Sunday of P14 for #14 and P3 for (#163).

    Race – Sunday
    An impressive lineup consisting of 48 cars kicked off race Sunday at Nürburgring. The heat was on from the get-go, with Albert Costa in his Lamborghini #163 taking a big gamble right at the start, shooting immediately for a takover. The manoeuvre caused the Porsche to get too close to #163, which led to contact and subsequently, a pitstop. The resulting technical problems forced the Lamborghini to retire. Meanwhile, the sister car with #14 and Mikael Grenier behind the wheel took off with a solid start and without any incidents. Grenier positioned himself at P12 after a one-hour long stint and turned over the Lamborghini to his team mate Norbert Siedler. Siedler then raced to P10 after a quick pitstop. Two hours before the end of the race, an error by a Porsche driver translated into an advantage for Grenier, placing him in eighth place. Ricardo Feller took over the Lamborghini and together with the crew performed a superb pitstop, saving two places and moving into sixth place. However, joy was short-lived: Ricardo Feller experienced of dizziness after having been exposed to a strong gasoline smell and was therefore forced to end the race prematurely. Reasons for the strong gasoline smell are currently being investigated by Emil Frey Racing. The race weekend at Nürburgring therefore concluded for both Lamborghinis of the Emil Frey Racing Team without scoring any points.

    Team statements

    Lorenz Frey-Hilti, Team Principal
    We were able to get really good starting positions out of the qualifyings. With 48 cars at the grid and a really tight first corner, one is always aiming to start at the front. Retiring #163 after the first turn was, of course, very disappointing. And while #14 was able to stay safely in the Top 10 for almost four hours, unfortunately, Ricardo had to discontinue the race. The health and wellbeing of our drivers and team is what is most important to me and so I am relieved that Ricardo was able to remove himself from the car safely. Our drivers were able to show what’s possible at Nürburgring. Now we focus our efforts on the next sprint race in Magny-Cours.

    Jürg Flach, Technical Director
    We were happy about the positive test results from Thurdsay and entered the race weekend optimistically. After mediocre results during free practice and pre-qualifying we increased our performance signficantly during qualifiying – finishing third and fourteenth. The crew did an amazing job and the drivers delivered a solid performance. Which is why we’re all the more bummed out about today’s race. But we hope that Ricardo will soon be back on his feet and we will take the good moments from this weekend with us to the next race at Magny-Cours.

    Driver statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #163

    Albert Costa Balboa (ESP)
    That was a very unfortunate race weekend. I knew that a long race was ahead of me and of course I didn’t plan for such a start. I spotted an opportunity to get ahead of the Porsche. Once I moved in behind him to overtake, I of course wanted to keep my position, which is exactly what he intended to do as well. He didn’t check the mirror while turning, still thinking I was right behind him. However, at that point I was already beside him, at the corner, which is when the unfortunate contact happened. I want to apologize to my driver colleagues as they weren’t able to race because of me. I also want to apologize to the whole team. With the 24-hour race in Spa in mind, we wanted to get in a few kilometers. Alas, that’s racing. Now it’s time to focus on the next race in Magny-Cours, where I will give my very best.

    Giacomo Altoè (ITA)
    I was very positive after the qualifying! We did improve a great deal over the course of the weekend and I would have loved to finish the race to show what we are capable of. Nevertheless, we were able to deliver a solid performance on the track and I want to thank the team and my race colleagues for all the hard work.

    Franck Perera (FR)
    It’s such a pity how the race ended after everything we were able to show as a team and as individual drivers. We invested a lot of time, which is why we were able to finish third and fourteenth at the qualifying. What happened at today’s race is unfortunate. But it is what it is and we can’t change it. We will take all the positive moments with us, and there are plenty of those! I personally am already thinking about the next endurance race in Spa and I think we have everyhing we need to achieve super results. I am looking forward. For next week, I wish my buddies loads of luck at the sprint race in Magny-Cours.

    Driver statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #14

    Norbert Siedler (AUT)
    My stint was pretty good, despite the fact that I was trailing behind the Lamborghini with #63 towards the end. Neither Caldarelli nor Mapelli committed any errors. I was very close to overtake, but decided against it. I was confident to pass at one point as three hours were still ahead of us. The Lamborghini delivered and was faster than #63, which is why I think there’s still a lot to look forward to for the season.

    Mikaël Grenier (CAN)
    Overall, I’m happy with the race weekend. We were able to make some adjustments after Imola. I want to thank the team, especially the mechanics, who all delivered such great work. I am curious to learn more about what the team will find out with regards to the gasoline smell. In any case, I am in good spirits and optimistic about the coming races.

    SIX DRIVERS – SIX HOURS: EFR IS READY TO TAKE ON THE ENDURANCE SERIES AT NÜRBURGRING

    • A total of 17 championship points so far for Emil Frey Racing
    • Ricardo Feller and Franck Perera to complete the teams
    • Two turns per driver with an hour of race time per turn


    Safenwil (Switzerland), September 1st 2020

    On to the second endurance race of the season
    The EFR team is ready for the six-hour long endurance race at Nürburgring after a short summer break. This marks the third overall race and the second endurance race of the GT WORLD CHALLENGE EUROPE season. The team thoroughly checked and serviced both cars after returning from Misano and is set for the upcoming race.
    The Grand-Prix-Circuit at Nürburgring stretches over 5.148km and comprises of seven left- and ten right turns, with a spectacular view on one of the arguably most famous race tracks of the world: the Nordschleife. The generous run-off areas and gravel beds shape today’s track, which officially opened its gates and was hailed as the «the new Grand-Prix-Track» at Nürburgring on the 12th of May in 1984, making it a modern and safe track for world-class motorsport events.

    A total of 48 cars from 10 different manufactures will start on the grid on the weekend of the 4th until the 6th of September 2020, and face off at the six-hour long race.
    The six drivers from Emil Frey Racing will each get two shots at getting the most out of their Lamborghinis, each turn lasting an hour driving time. This race weekend is all about getting valuable points to secure solid positions and to stay in the Top 10.

    The team from Safenwil will be following the schedule below (CET-Time):

    Though the race weekend will be taking place without spectators, you can once again root for your team from the comforts of your home, via Youtube-Livestream.

    Team statements
    Lorenz Frey-Hilti (Team Principal)
    We as a team, as well as the two Lamborghinis, will be put under a lot of pressure at this coming race weekend. Furthermore, one is also well-advised not to underestimate the weather of the region, which infamously and unpredictably changes from one second to the next. The training sessions on Thursday give us the chance to prepare with great care. We are highly motivated and ready for anything that may come our way. We are approaching this race weekend with high hopes of scoring important points.

    Jürg Flach (Technical Director)
    We collected great memories at the GP Circuit of Nürburgring. As was the case in Misano and Imola, we have the chance to prepare for the coming race weekend with additional test sessions. It’s paramount that we carefully fit the car for medium- to low speed parts of the track, such as the Mercedes Arena and the Dunlop Corner, to avoid oversteering under maximum pressure at the corner exit, with a solid mechanical grip on the front axle, excellent steering and a stable rear. We spent our time after Misano preparing as best as we could for the endurance race. Despite it being a premiere – the combination of Lamborghini, Pirelli and this racetrack – we will do our very best to stay competitive from the get-go.

    Driver Statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #163
    Albert Costa Balboa (ESP)
    I am looking forward as always. The last time I was at Nürburgring with Emil Frey Racing, we finished P2 in the Qualifying and started from the first row. Good memories! I was also at Nürburgring two weeks ago for de ADAC GT Masters where I landed my first podium this year. That’s why I’m really looking forward to this weekend. I like the track at Nürburgring and in my opinion it’s a great fit for our Lamborghini. Although my last race was just two weeks ago, I already miss racing! That’s why I’m very happy about the upcoming one. I am leaving from a podium position and am ready to fight for another one!

    Giacomo Altoè (IT)
    I’m really looking forward to our next race at Nürburgring. As it will be a six-hour race, it will be really important to find the right setup for the race pace. I’m positive that because we will all work together toward the same direction, that we will achieve our set goals!

    Franck Perera (FR)
    For me it’s the second run in the endurance series with EFR and I’m really looking forward to it. I think, based on our performance shown at the first race in Imola, we have all the ingredients we need to achieve a good end result and we’ve proven at the ADAC GT Masters race that it is more than just possible to deliver a good performance with the Lamborghini. This motivates me a lot and we’re all doing our best, together as a team, to achieve great results.

    Driver Statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #14
    Norbert Siedler (AT)
    I’m thrilled that the next stage is finally around the corner. Unfortunately, we’ve gotten used to long breaks this season, but the months of September and October are going to be very interesting as we are going to spend a lot of time in our cars. I’m very familiar with Nürburgring and I believe that the odds of scoring points are on our side. We were really close to bagging Top Ranks in Imola! I think it’s great that we can already do test sessions on Thursday to prepare for the race. We will give it our all and I’m looking forward!

    Mikaël Grenier (CAN)
    I’m looking forward to go back to the circuit of Nürburgring as my last time there was in 2017, at the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series. It is great to be back in Endurance mode after a sprint race weekend, and to do our first six-hour race of the year. To be able to fight at the front, it’s of utmost importance that we have solid test sessions and to improve on what we have learned during the first two race weekends.

    Ricardo Feller (CH)
    Since for the EFR team I‘m soley racing endurance races, I’ve felt that the summer break was rather long, which is why I’m all the more looking forward to the race at Nürburgring. Nevertheless, I did have the chance to hit the Nürburgring at the ADAC GT Masters Series in the meantime and am well-prepared. Still, I’m looking forward to the challenge and the race. Of course, I’m hoping that the circuit will agree with me and that we’ll get a good BOP, to compete right in front.

    Three intense sprint races in Misano

    • Only Lamborghini team at the first sprint race of the season
    • Solid positions in the Top 10
    • For #14, a technical issue led to forced retirement in the second race


    Misano (Italy), August 9th 2020

    A fully packed sprint race weekend awaited the Emil Frey Racing Team in Misano. The first test session took place on Thursday afternoon, followed by two free practices on Friday. The first two qualifyings and the first sprint race were held on Saturday. Last but not least, the third and last qualifying as well as race 2 and 3 took place on Sunday. The team from Safenwil was the only Lamborghini Squadra Corse team that took on the fight alongside 20+ competitors with other brands. In the first race, Emil Frey Racing snatched P7 (#163) and P10 (#14), in the second P5 with #163, and in the third and last race they bagged P8 (#163) and P7 (#14).

    For Emil Frey Racing, the combination of Lamborghinis, Pirelli tires and the racetrack in Misano, was a premiere. The circuit, known as the “Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli”, comes with some challenges. Which is especially true for corners T6 and T8, which are to be navigated at a constantly fast pace. As challenging as the corners may be, they’re just as important. The two infamous corners offer the almost only opportunities to overtake. These aspects posed a great challenge for the two Lamborghinis and the EFR team, which is why the focus for the two car setups was mostly placed on the two aforementioned corners. The goal was to constantly keep a fast pace despite rising track temperatures, which have considerable impact on tire pressure.

    Free Practice / Pre-Qualifying
    The planned setup didn’t work from the get-go, as initially hoped for. To quickly address this, the team decided to start with two different setups for the two Lamborghinis in the pre-qualifying. The whole field raced within a second, and in Misano overtaking is generally very difficult. Hence, in the trainings they worked tirelessly on the qualifying setups.

    Qualifying 1
    Canadian Mikael Grenier went for it and started with #14, as did his colleague Giacomo Altoè with #163. Grenier raced to sixth place and positioned himself just one place ahead of his colleague Altoè. But alas, luck wasn’t on Grenier’s side for much longer. The Canadian’s lap time was cancelled due to an incident involving the track limits at T16, which made him lose valuable positions and fall back to P11. However, Giacomo Altoè was able to safely place himself in sixth place.

    Qualifying 2
    The beginning of the second qualifying proved difficult for the two Lamborghinis. But adrenalin started to kick in for Albert Costa in the last two minutes: The Spaniard went full speed and even recorded the fastest lap in sector 1 while placing fourth. Norbert Siedler as well found his rhythm and placed tenth.

    Race 1
    The first race didn’t go as smoothly. Giacomo Altoè’s start wasn’t without struggles. In the midst of a scramble with competitors, he got onto the dirt track and fell back to P9. Meanwhile, Mikael Grenier was able to gain one position. #163 was the first to arrive at the pitstop. Unfortunately, some valuable time was lost during the pitstop, owing to the waiting time of the cars that were closing in on the fast lane. The turnaround came with the Full-Course-Yellow Phase, which was introduced after a crash involving two Audis. EFR was able to take advantage of the corresponding penalties and raced to the finish line as seventh with #163 and tenth with #14.

    Qualifying 3
    In the third qualifying it was once again the duo Grenier/Altoè behind the wheels. Two good laps secured two Top Ten placements. After the scheduled pitstop, the two were able to consistently perform and finished at P5 with #163 and P6 with #14.

    Race 2
    The Spaniard Albert Costa impressed with a solid performance. It was obvious that he felt at home in his Lamborghini. He was able to race straight to third place within the first ten minutes and didn’t shy away from showing the driver in second place his competitive side. After the pitstop and after switching to Giacomo Altoè, the crew of #163 secured P5. A minor error by Altoè was immediately translated into an advantage by the Audi that was trailing closely behind him. Nevertheless, Altoè managed to finish the second race in fifth place.
    Norbert Siedler, who was manning the sister car with #14, was forced – only about half an hour into the race – to retire the second race prematurely because of a technical issue. No doubt a bitter setback for crew #14. But the team was able to fix the issue in time for the third and last race.

    Race 3
    The third and last one-hour race of the sprint race weekend lay ahead still. The two Lamborghinis from EFR started at P5 for #163, with sister car #14 right behind, at P6.
    The young Italian Giacomo Altoè made an error by driving over the curbs, making him lose three valuable positions from P6 to P9. Mikael Grenier delivered a solid lap time which positioned him at P5. The pitstops of the two Lamborghinis caused Norbert Siedler with #14 to lose some positions and land on P8, while Albert Costa with #163 fell back on P10. #163 didn’t kick into gear while driving away and lost 6 whole seconds. An accident that involved two other cars and happened in the last 10 minutes of the race, unfolded to EFR’s advantage and landed them on P7 for #14 and P8 for #163.

    Team statements

    Lorenz Frey-Hilti (Team Principal)
    The race weekend has once again shown that each circuit comes with its specific set of hurdles, and that a circuit-specific setup is of utmost importance. Overall, I’m happy with our performance. However, having to retire #14 in the second race was of course very frustrating. Luckily, we were able to fix the defect right away and were able to enter the third and last race with two fully functioning Lamborghinis. We will take home important lessons and insights for the next race at Nürburgring where we will once again face an endurance race.

    Jürg Flach (Technical Director)
    I have to admit that the conditions at this race weekend were very unique and somewhat challenging. To find the right setup turned out to be rather difficult. It was a bit of a struggle for the two Lamborghinis to get to the leaders of the pack, despite good performances. #14 had difficulties with oversteering while #163 was struggling with the brakes. It was a weekend fully packed with numerous changes to the cars. The mechanics, engineers and the whole team worked hard and delivered a good performance. We will take a lot of new experiences and learnings from this which we will put into good use for the next race at Nürburgring.

    Driver Statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #163

    Albert Costa Balboa (ESP)
    Indeed, it was a challenging weekend for us, but we all did our best. The whole team, drivers included, had a ton of work to do on the first day, working on the car. But as I said, we gave our very best and we were able to make it to the Top 10. To make it to the podium is of course still our goal – and we will fight for it. I am very proud of the whole team and I’m looking forward to first race at Nürburgring after the summer break. We will continue to fight. This is just the beginning and the best is yet to come.

    Giacomo Altoè (IT)
    This weekend was a tough nut to crack! We worked tirelessly on the setup of the Lamborghini and on constantly improving it. But the effort was well worth it, and we made an important step forward. In the qualifying as well as the race itself, we were able to achieve great results and I am looking forward to the next race at Nürburgring.

    Driver Statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #14

    Norbert Siedler (AT)
    It definitely wasn’t an easy sprint race. But the whole team did a great job and the car improved with each lap. We unfortunately had to contend with a technical problem in the second race and had to stop the car at the beginning of that race! But that just means there is room for improvement. I want to thank the whole team for this great job and I’m already looking forward to Nürburgring, where I was lucky enough to celebrate my first race with Emil Frey Racing in 2016!

    Mikaël Grenier (CAN)
    It was a tough weekend for us. But we learned a lot and were able to secure some points in the first and third round. The team did a great job in making sure the car was back up to speed after the mechanical issue in the second round. Now we return home and get ourselves into fight mode for the next race.

    THREE SPRINT RACES – ONE WEEKEND. NEXT STOP: MISANO

    • First sprint race of the season at the GTWCHEU
    • Weekend schedule overview
    • Driver line up for Emil Frey Racing: Grenier/Siedler – Altoè/Costa


    Safenwil (Switzerland), August 4th 2020

    First sprint race in Misano after the season opener in Imola
    Just one week after the season of 2020 kicked off with an exciting endurance race in Imola, it’s time once again for another race weekend. This time, however, only sprint drivers will meet at the grid to face off at the first sprint race of the season. 23 GT3 cars are expected to compete in Misano on August 07.-09.

    The circuit
    At only 4.226km and a total of 16 corners, the circuit in the province of Rimini is known for being a fast track. The fastest lap recorded (in 2011) took a mere 1min and 33s. But, not only is the track known to be fast, the «Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli» is also considered one of the most beautiful tracks in Italy.

    Below the Emil Frey Racing schedule at the race weekend in Misano (CET):

    The teams of Gernier/Siedler (#14) as well as Altoè/Costa (#163) will fight for Emil Frey Racing with their respective Lamborghinis at the sprint race. Unlike endurance races, there won’t be any need to refuel during pit stops at sprint races, so there will be ample opportunity, ideally, to win valuable time while changing tires.

    Due to the Italian COVID-regulations, the coming race weekend will once again be taking place without a live audience. Luckily, fans all over the world can watch the action live from home via Youtube-Livestream.

    Team statements

    Lorenz Frey-Hilti (Team Principal)
    We delivered a solid performance at the first race in Imola. Still, we missed scoring points. Now the sprint races lie ahead of us. So, every second counts, especially during the pit stops. To not lose valuable time, the team has been relentless with their daily pit stop practice at the workshop in Safenwil. Now I’m just really looking forward to the three one-hour races and am hoping to take home as many points as possible.

    Jürg Flach (Technical Director)
    With 4.226km of track, the Marco Simoncelli Circuit is a relatively short race track. Grip is usually not as strong which means that we’ll have to get the most out of our tires.  With the many low-speed corners it’s important to minimize understeering, lest we lose too much time. The layout is challenging for the brakes as well with its rather short straights and the reduced time for brake cooling.
    Traditionally, air- and track temperatures are very high in Misano, which will be another challenge for an optimized set up in qualifying as well as the race. But we’re ready to face the challenges and are thrilled to take on the first three sprint races along the Adria.

    Driver Statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #163

    Albert Costa Balboa (ESP)
    Misano is the first sprint race of the season. That’s why I’m super motivated. It’s a great and fast track, and home to Lamborghini, too! That’s why I’m hoping to achieve great results together with Giacomo and Emil Frey Racing.

    Giacomo Altoè (IT)
    I’m already super excited for our first sprint race in Misano. After the great work in Imola, I think we have a good chance to deliver a great performance and I can’t wait to hit the track together with the team and Albert.

    Driver Statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #14

    Norbert Siedler (AT)
    I’m already so stoked for the race in Misano! Two years ago, we’ve had a good run there with Lexus. I hope that this will be true for us this year as well and that we will be competing at the top. BPO unfortunately isn’t on our side at the moment, but I’m still positive. We will give it our best to make sure we won’t leave unnoticed.

    Mikaël Grenier (CAN)
    I’m thrilled to be heading to Misano for our first sprint race. This weekend will be just as challenging as the last. Misano is a short circuit. That’s why I’m expecting all of us to be racing very close to one another. The qualifying will be very important which is why we’re putting extra focus there. I’m also excited to be racing on a short track after the long circuit in Imola. The team in Imola did a tremendous job and we were able to prove that we were quick to get back on our feet after these rather difficult times.

    BEST LAMBORGHINI-TEAM AT THE SEASON OPENER

    • Free practice used for set-up optimization
    • International starting field with 46 cars
    • Excellent results for Emil Frey Racing: P18 for #163 and P11 for #14


    Imola (Italy), July 27th 2020

    Finally, and after a bit of delay, the start of the season kicked off in Imola over the weekend. The extensive safety- and hygiene measures, which the SRO had been working on, was very much visible and tangible. But, as humans are known to be creatures of habit, the team of Emil Frey Racing was able to adapt to the new measures quickly.

    GT WORLD CHALLENGE EUROPE with Pirelli
    The biggest challenge with regards to the first race weekend was the switching and adapting to the new P Zero DHE-Tires by Pirelli – an advanced model from the previous DHD2.

    Free practice
    & qualifying
    For Emil Frey Racing, the race weekend in Imola started with a first test session on Friday morning, which was interrupted by a handful of red flags. Heavy rain started to pour onto the track during the second session and stopped the circuit, despite weather reports having predicted dry conditions. The afternoon progressed without a single interruption but with strong competition.
    Both of the free practices on Saturday proved to be a challenge for Emil Frey Racing. Especially for the set-up of #14, as adjustments had to be made for the trio Feller, Siedler and Grenier. The efforts were well worth it. In the three-part qualifyings that started at 17:30, #163 raced to P12, while #14 raced to P25. These improvements set a solid foundation for the race itself on Sunday.

    Strong presence on the grid: 46 cars – 10 brands
    The first race of the season started on time, on Sunday afternoon at 13:30 sharp and was aired live on TV and streamed in real time on a slew of online platforms.
    46 cars from 10 prestigious manufacturers and established international drivers were ready to fight at the starting line-up. Norbert Siedler (#14) and Franck Perera (#163) went first and got ready in each of their Lamborghinis, which, due to COVID-protocol, were allowed to be supervised by only three Emil Frey Racing crew members per car. GREEN, GREEN, GREEN! And so the first race of the season 2020 started. The Frenchman Franck Perera started off solidly and was able to race to P10. However, several interruptions due to car crashes followed. Emil Frey Racing was not involved in any crash.
    Unfortunately, luck was not on the side of Crew #14. They lost a bit of time during the pit-stop due the limited space in the pit lane, leading the Lamborghini #14 to fall back to P42. Giacome Altoè took over the Lamborghini #163 from Franck Perera and was able to stay ahead as the fastest Lamborghini and raced to an overall P9. Canadian Mikaël Grenier then took over #14 and immediately started to play catch-up. For a while, he was even able to race some rounds a full 10 seconds faster than the 10 other cars before him. He managed to recover more ground with each round and fought his way back up to P17.
    Giacomo as well gave a solid performance: The young-blooded Italian left the other Lamborghini-Teams behind and fought his way up to P8. Unfortunately, the ranking of #163 suffered a setback due to a Drive-Through-Penalty. At the next pit-stop, Ricardo took over #14 from Mikaël and raced to P12. Then, only half an hour before the end of the race, two interruptions had to be dealt with. Finally, Lamborghini #14 finished on P11; #163 on P18. The race team hailing from Safenwil was therefore able to prove themselves a strong opponent at the highly competitive GT3-Championship and took the lead amongst Lamborghini teams.

    Team statements

    Lorenz Frey-Hilti (Team Principal)
    Despite all the months of intense preparations, we were able to gain more valuable insights from the free practices and qualifying for today’s race. Our target was to make it to the Top Ten. With #14 we almost were able to achieve this target. I am happy with these results and which shows me that we are on the right track. We will return home as the best Lamborghini team and are already looking forward to the first sprint race in Misano.

    Jürg Flach (Technical Director)
    The race weekend in Imola proved to be a very difficult one. Still, I am happy to have placed in the Top Ten with good results in the qualy and a solid performance on race day. At the start we had some struggles finding a good set-up, but we had the chance to continuously optimize our cars and were able to stay competitive.

    Driver Statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #163

    Albert Costa Balboa (ESP)
    I am very happy with the results. At the start we were struggling a lot with the car because of the BOP. But the team did a massive job preparing the Lamborghini for the race. Unfortunately, we got a penalty during the race, which made it impossible for us to fight for Top 6. In the end, I was able to make some good overtakes and I’m really happy. I want to thank the whole crew. Every single one did a fantastic job. And of course, my teammates: Without them, this wouldn’t have been possible. I’m looking forward to the next race and I’m very, very motivated.

    Giacomo Altoè (IT)
    It was quite a packed program at the race weekend here in Imola! I have to admit that it wasn’t always easy driving in this heat and to keep my concentration for one full hour in the hot car. But I’m really proud of the team. We improved a lot since our first test day on Friday. We did a good job and that’s the important thing. Now, the classification is still in provisional because we are under investigation, but a P10 with a drive-through penalty is good. And I think the future will look even brighter because we feel confident. And I’m really happy about this. The crew, my teammates and I all are confident that we will continue to do a good job.

    Franck Perera (FR)
    For sure we were able to get some points this weekend, which is very positive. I would like to thank the entire crew for what we’ve all done together during this weekend. We really showed a mega performance at this complicated BOP in Imola. Also in general, all of the Lamborghini drivers showed really solid performances – from qualy to race. Of course, it’s a shame that we lost an easy Top 5 because of the penalty. This would have been an incredible result, but still, overall it was a very good weekend. It’s important that we continue to push until the end I’m really proud to be on this incredible team and thankful for my teammates. I’m sure something big will come for us soon.

    Driver Statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #14

    Norbert Siedler (AT)
    I think we can be proud of our performance, seeing that we improved a lot since our training on Friday, which was a bit of a struggle and which saw us competing further back. Now, at the race, we were able to compete at a high level. My stint was okay. I think, however, that I could have driven faster. But I’m happy that, together with the crew and my teammates, we were still able to make the best of it. Of course, it’s a pity that we lost time in the last round… But that’s the sport of racing! Now we want to make sure that we’re back on attack mode in time for Misano.

    Mikaël Grenier (CAN)
    First of all it was great to be back to racing. It was a very challenging weekend for us for many reasons. We struggled a lot in practice. The team reacted quickly and thanks to Fabio and Sébastien and everyone else, we made a big step in qualy and again a big step in the race and so we were able fight back. Point was possible, but finishing P12 after finding ourselves at P39 at some point in the race is still a very good job from everyone. Now it’s time to focus on our first sprint race in 2 weeks in Misano.

    Ricardo Feller (CH)
    The weekend at Imola, despite having started with some difficulties, ended on a very positive note for us! The engineers and the mechanics were able to react quickly and address the struggles we had at the start. The race was full of ups and downs: We started in midfield and fell behind. But thanks to the great collaboration with team pilots Mikael and Norbert, we were able to recover some places and fight our way back. After this weekend, we bring home tons of experience and we will continue to work hard on our performance. I’m already looking forward to the next endurance race at the Nürburgring.

    PEUGEOT SWITZERLAND AND EMIL FREY RACING FORM MOBILITY PARTNERSHIP

    • The new Peugeot fleet comprises two PEUGEOT 508 SW GT Line BlueHDi and a PEUGEOT 5008 GT Line BlueHDi
    • Strong allies thanks to partnership between PSA and Emil Frey Group
    • Peugeot active in motorsports since the 1960s


    Safenwil (Switzerland), July 22nd 2020
    By welcoming the brands of the Groupe PSA Switzerland into the Emil Frey Group, the EF Group was able to strengthen trust while also strengthening their own brand. Placing value on Design and Technology as a fundamental building blocks of success, has been especially true for AP Automobile Switzerland AG (Peugeot Switzerland). These values are equally as important to and pursued each day by the Emil Frey Racing team. But the parallels go further than just shared values. Peugeot Switzerland also has a proud motorsports history, which will be subject of this press release at a later point.

    Only nine months after welcoming the EF-Group, it is with great pride that we announce the mobility partnership with Peugeot. From the get-go, the similarities and shared values were obvious and are now forming the foundation of this great partnership. The two new station wagons NEW PEUGEOT 508 SW stand out thanks to their excellent road holding and smooth driving experience – a result of the adaptive chassis control system. Their highly efficient BlueHDi-diesel motors meet the emission standard Euro 6d-TEMP and offer sensational driving pleasure thanks to the 8-speed automatic gearbox. The PEUGEOT 5008 is just as impressive. As a large 7-seater family station wagon, it comes with a crash-optimized chassis and a great many safety features as standard: six airbags, ABS, ESP, automatic emergency braking assistance as well as an active lane departure warning system.

    In the 1960s, Peugeot competed successfully at the Rallyes. In 1985 and 1986 Peugeot even won a Rallye-Championship. In 1992 and 1993, Peugeot claimed victory at the famous 24-hour race in Les Mans – an important milestone in the history of motorsports for Peugeot. But there’s more: In 2009, they bagged a double-win and left their tough competition and numerous other manufacturers behind.

    Mobility plays an important role in a race team such as that of Emil Frey Racing, because, whenever possible, the team travels to their race destinations by car. Factors such as space, comfort and reliability are of utmost importance and the ultimate deciding factors in choosing the right cars. The three chosen Peugeot-Models tick all the boxes. Furthermore, they are packaged into modern, sleek design. To establish high visibility and recall in Europe, all three cars have been dressed in tasteful and timeless Emil Frey corporate branding.

    Two of the three vehicles were turned over in the official Peugeot garage at the Emil Frey AG in Moosseedorf. The handover of the third car will take place mid-August.

    The Emil Frey Racing team is looking forward to travel through countless European countries and to, of course, regurarly and diligently perform expert car maintenance to live up to its role as car experts.

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