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  • The #14 Lamborghini places third overall and claims victory in the Silver category

    The #14 Lamborghini places third overall and claims victory in the Silver category

    • Rougier finishes first with the #114 at the first ever virtual E-Sports race of the GTWCHEU
    • #14 delivers a strong performance and secures a podium in the overall ranking and victory in the Silver category
    • #114 ends race early due to tyre puncture
    • #163 finishes in P23

    Monza (Italy), April 18th 2021

    For the Emil Frey Racing team, the weekend in freezing cold Monza started with the construction of their garages. Due to strict safety measures, the paddock that would usually be brimming with people and energy, were eerily empty. Only teams and suppliers were allowed to enter. To be part of the race with a total of three cars of the same brand, as well as participating at the virtual race of the E-Sports championships presented two premieres to Emil Frey Racing. Arthur Rougier even claimed victory in the very first E-Sports race in the history of the GT World Challenge Europe, which earned the Emil Frey Racing team 3 points in the actual team score.

    The private test on Thursday had to be stopped a number of times due to several crashes. However, the three Emil Frey Racing Lamborghinis were not involved in any of the crashes and were able to use the session to their advantage.

    Free practice as well, which took place last Saturday morning, gave the team the opportunity to collect and use the drivers’ feedback for their strategy. For example, the engineers got valuable feedback from the #114 Lamborghini newcomers Lappalainen and Rougier, which the engineers ended up using to adjust the setup. The drivers Costa/Siedler/Altoè with the #163 clocked in the fastest lap time of 1:47:183, and finished their practice in third place overall, and as the fastest Lamborghini on the grid.

    A total of 43 cars took part in the Pre-Qualifying. Conditions on the track remained dry. A dramatic self-inflicted crash by a Porsche led to the pre-qualifying ending early, with 15 minutes to go before the official finish.

    The qualifying on Sunday morning once again made it very apparent that this year’s championship is being performed on an extremely high level. Only seven tenths of a second lay between first and fifteenth place. Emil Frey Racing secured the following starting positions for the race: P6 for #163, P7 for #14, P14 for #114. The #14 even bagged the pole position in the Silver cup.

    Shortly before the race, the weather forecast unexpectedly showed rain shower. 10 minutes into the race, rain started to pour, which led to a game of tyre poker. Slicks were the go-to choice for the last hour only. The race was shaped by a lot of interruptions due to tyre punctures.

    Race – #14
    Right at the very first turn, Ineichen got shoved off by another car, which cost him valuable positions. Still, the Swiss driver managed to end his stint in P5. Half of the race was already in the bag, when Fontana was forced to go for a pitstop due to tyre puncture. The crew decided to change to slicks despite the track still being slightly wet. With only an hour to go, Fontana found himself in P17. 50 minutes before the end of the race, another tyre punctured once again, this time it hit a BMW. This led to yet another FCY phase. The #14 used the safety car to its advantage and went for its last mandatory pitstop. Back on the racetrack, the #14 placed itself in P3, right behind the safety car. It was a tough but fair fight between P2, P3 and P4 that lasted for almost 30 minutes. Feller swooshed passed the finish line and landed in third place in the overall ranking, while placing first in the Silver category. A strong finish for the #14 crew.

    Race – #114
    10 minutes into the race, rain started to pour. A technical problem caused for the window wipers to malfunction, which greatly compromised Rougiers view in difficult weather conditions. Rougier went for a pitstop and the crew was able to solve the problem with the wipers, but it made him lose valuable time. Lappalainen took over and fought hard, placing himself in P21. The decision to continue the race on wet tyres seemed to pay off. However, one hour before the end of the race, another tyre puncture led to the rear wing being damaged. The rear wing then came off completely, which meant that the car had to be parked in the box. This, unfortunately, meant an early end to the race for the #114.

    Race – #163
    After a strong start by Altoè, rain set in. Altoè realized early on that they needed to change to wet tyres. He went straight for the pitstop and changed to wet tyres. It was the right decision, but shortly after the change, a FCY phase was introduced. This meant that the competition was able to change to wet tyres without losing a great amount of time. At around halftime, Siedler found himself in P10. He pulled off a couple of overtakes and managed to place himself in P6. The #163 was not spared and experienced tyre puncture as well – which meant yet another pitstop for the crew. Thus, finishing on top has become a rather distant dream. Costa finished the race for the #163 crew after a solid stint in P23.

    Team quotes

    Lorenz Frey-Hilti, Team Principal
    A crazy race to open the season. Changing conditions presented a great challenge. Tyre puncture and bad luck relating to the timing of our pitstops after FCY phases didn’t help in improving our overall team result. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to cross the finish line with all three Lamborghinis. The pace of all of them was great, which makes me optimistic about the next race. In the end, we were able to start the season successfully thanks to the great end result of the #14. We even gained some championship points. Also, Rougier’s win in the E-sports series was a great start for Emil Frey Racing as well.

    Jürg Flach, Technical Director
    The first race weekend with three Lamborghinis and many ups and downs ended on a good note thanks to placing third. We did well in the qualifying and set the foundation for championship points there, wherefrom we were able to gain points in the overall ranking and in the Silver category. Now it’s time to analyze the race and continue to improve for the next race.

    Driver quotes Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #14

    Ricardo Feller (CH)
    It was a big weekend for us. Obviously, I would have loved to have raced even further ahead, but the conditions on the track made it impossible. I’m happy to have placed third for the team. The whole team did an incredible job. The strategy was amazing! The tyre puncture that we had to deal with occurred at a good moment. We were lucky and we will continue to push.

    Alex Fontana (CH)
    It was a very nice first race weekend for us. The weather conditions made it quite difficult for everybody, for the team and the drivers. And on top of it, it was a premiere with three cars in the race. As I already said, the weather played a big role. From the logistical point of view and in terms of pitstops and tyre changing. The whole team did a fantastic job and supported each other to achieve smooth pitstops. Even if we had bad luck with the puncture, luck was on our side again, once the Full Course Yellow came out. Just like that, we were able to take advantage of the situation. My stint was a bit complicated with the slicks. During the Full Course Yellow and the Safety Car procedure, the pressure was getting really low and the track was still wet, so it was a little bit of a pain to drive around. But in the end, it was absolutely worth it. Rolf did a fantastic job in keeping the gap to the leading pack small, and last but not least, Ricardo finished the race under immense pressure and ended on the overall podium and even won the Silver cup.

    Rolf Ineichen (CH)
    I’m very happy with the first race weekend together with Emil Frey Racing. In the qualifying, we secured the pole position for the Silver category, which was a great basis for the actual race. We were able to continuously improve our performance during the race and fought our way all the way to third place in the overall ranking, and even bagged a victory in the Silver category. I’m proud of the crew and am already looking forward to the next race in Le Castellet.

    Driver Statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #114

    Jack Aitken (GB)
    I think, overall the weekend was good. Especially in qualifying it was really encouraging to place P7 in the group. We nearly managed to race the whole weekend, we just missed the final stint because of the tyre puncture. The main aim was to learn a lot this weekend and I think we did. So, this is really positive, and the pace looks very encouraging as well. Therefore, I’m looking forward to the next race.

    Konsta Lappalainen (FIN)
    It was the first race of the season. I did the second stint, and in terms of speed we were not too bad, I think. Then, unfortunately, we got the tyre puncture at the end of the stint due to the almost dry track. These things happen. We were unlucky this time, but we will move on and come back stronger.

    Arthur Rougier (FR)
    This weekend was full of mixed emotions for me. On one hand I’m very happy and proud about my win in the E-Sports championship, on the other hand, the real race didn’t end as expected and we didn’t achieve our goals. Of course, the weather conditions made the race difficult for everyone but in our case, it was the tyre puncture which caused the end of our race. The pace was also not as expected. We will come back stronger at the next race, this is for sure.

    Driver quotes Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #163

    Albert Costa (ESP)
    I think we were very competitive. I finished with the second-quickest lap of the race – this means a lot. Unfortunately, luck was not on our side this weekend. We did a good pitstop, which unfortunately was followed by a full-course-yellow phase. That’s just bad luck. Aside from that, the race was quite “standard”, and we could have achieved better results, maybe even finishing in the Top 5. I took over the car on P26 and finished on P23 – so at least I could win some positions and was able to help my mate out a little bit so he could finish on the podium. I’m very happy for them as they are my friends. We’re racing as one team. I’m really looking forward for the next race in Magny-Cours where I will push like an animal.

    Norbert Siedler (AT)
    The weekend started quite good. To reach P6 overall in the qualifying this morning was pretty good. In the race, unfortunately, we were very unlucky due to the tyre puncture and the pitstop. But anyway, congrats to the sister car #14. Amazing to reach P3 and to win the Silver cup. I think we’re heading in the right direction and quite competitive and that’s what we want.

    Giacomo Altoè (ITA)
    I’m really disappointed about our result. This for sure isn’t what we expected and doesn’t reflect the goals we set. We could have achieved more. The car was running really well, and the team was working well. This time we just really had bad luck with the pitstop and the Full-Course-Yellow. Nevertheless, I’m quite happy with the work we did during this weekend and I’m really looking forward to the next race in Le Castellet.

    3 Lamborghinis, 9 drivers, 1 goal: championship points! Emil Frey Racing is ready to hit the first race weekend in Monza.

    • Intense preparation phase completed
    • First race with EFR for drivers Ineichen, Aitken, Lappalainen and Rougier
    • Autodromo Nazionale di Monza: first out of five endurance races


    Safenwil (Switzerland), April 13th 2021

    Pre-Season tests / preparations
    Emil Frey Racing just concluded an intense but valuable preparation phase. A number of pre-season tests were conducted at various locations, such as Spa, Monza, Valencia and Le Castellet, which all resulted in rich data for both drivers and engineers, who analyzed the data with great care and in great detail. The ever-changing travel restrictions were a big challenge in planning the trips. The new drivers got used to the new environment quickly and got comfortable in the new cars right away. The team was able to find its groove just as fast and formed a well-coordinated unit that is excited to enter the highly competitive Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe, this time with a total of three Lamborghinis, which is a first for the team.

    First Race Weekend in Monza (IT)
    Emil Frey Racing is facing the first out of ten race weekends. This year’s season opener of the GT World Challenge Europe will take place in Monza (IT) on the 17th and 18th of April 2021. Despite strict safety measures, the Emil Frey Racing team is more than ready to enter the endurance race with three Lamborghinis. The track in Monza stretches over 5,793 km and comprises a total of 11 turns. The long straights especially, make it a circuit for high speed, which requires a compromise between maximum aerodynamic downforce and solid top speed in the setup. Having prepared with great care, the Emil Frey Racing team is hoping for a successful race weekend. Another first: the virtual part of motorsports which will be hosted by Fanatec Esports GT Series. You’ll be able to catch the race in real time via Youtube-Livestream this coming Sunday!

    Sponsors & Guests
    The Emil Frey Racing Team would like to thank all its sponsors for their yearlong trust and loyalty. It is not without challenges and not taken for granted that corporations and sponsorships still happen during these unprecedented times – something the team is well aware of. That is why it greatly appreciates and values the friendly relationships. Emil Frey Racing sincerely hopes that the global situation will improve soon, so that it will be possible to meet one another at the racetrack.

    Team quotes

    Lorenz Frey-Hilti, Team Principal
    We’re concluding a highly intense test phase that allowed us to try many new things, which resulted in even more new learnings. That’s why I’m confident about the season opener in Monza and hope that everything will pay off. I have fond memories of the circuit in Monza and am really looking forward to the first endurance race of the season.

    Jürg Flach, Technical Director
    Monza is always a highlight. On one hand, Monza is full of tradition and a very popular highspeed track, on the other hand, it’s a litmus test for all the work we did during the winter prep phase. After the season in 2018, it’s the first time once again, that we’re going to enter the race with three cars – this time though, with three Lamborghinis. It’s going to be a big challenge to enter the race with a new constellation, but we’ll pick up where we left off and try to continue on the same trajectory as last year, where we delivered solid performances.

    Driver quotes Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #14

    Ricardo Feller (CH)
    I’m super thrilled to hit the first race after a long winter break. We have amazing test days behind us, some of them even took place in Monza. That’s why I’m confident about how our team is set up. I’m super looking forward and hope that the weather is going to be on our side.

    Alex Fontana (CH)
    I’m really looking forward to the first race in Monza. I live in Lugano (CH) and therefore Monza, which is only an hour away, feels like a home track for me. The last time I was in Monza was back in 2018, together with Emil Frey Racing. Last year’s Italian destination for me was Imola, and in 2019, I was in China and not racing in Europe. I hope that we can be as successful and make amazing memories once again, just as we did in Monza in 2018. It would be a great start into the season.

    Rolf Ineichen (CH)
    I really like the circuit in Monza. Especially the long straights will be very interesting in terms of how we’ll fare with regards to speed compared to our competitors. It’s going to be my first race weekend with Team Emil Frey Racing, which is why I’m all the more bent on delivering a solid performance.

    Driver Statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #114

    Jack Aitken (GB)
    I am so excited to kick off this season of the GT World Challenge in Monza. We have prepared well as a team, and even though I’m lacking some experience, I’m confident the weekend will be a great opportunity to learn in itself. If we can get a good result along the way, that would be fantastic.

    Konsta Lappalainen (FIN)
    I’m looking forward to the first race of the season in Monza. I’ve always liked that circuit and it has always produced great displays of racing. We have done quite some testing there as well, so we’re ready for it.

    Arthur Rougier (FR)
    I’m really looking forward to the first round of the championship in Monza. I think that staying out of trouble will be our main focus, as Monza is known to be a track where a lot of things can happen. We gathered a lot of information during the pre-season tests, which are all really promising. Let’s give the maximum and see what we’ve got!

    Driver quotes Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #163

    Albert Costa (ESP)
    I‘m super excited to go back to racing! The first race of the year is always something special, especially if it’s happening in Monza: the temple of speed. I’m excited to see where we stand in terms of speed compared to the others. I think we all did a great pre-seasonal job – my teammates, myself and the whole team. Now I’m ready to fight, to race and of course to enjoy!

    Norbert Siedler (AT)
    I’m really looking forward to the season kick off in Monza. After an extensive test phase, we’re now all well-prepared and are going to give our best to fight at the very top. Many thanks to the whole team, that did a formidable job preparing. We tested a number of different setups and collected valuable data. I’m excited about a great season!

    Giacomo Altoè (IT)
    I’m so excited about our first race of the season. We did some testing in Monza recently and we collected loads of interesting data for the race weekend, so I’m really looking forward to work with the team and teammates to achieve our goals!

    Emil Frey Racing hits official test days in Le Castellet with three Lamborghinis

    • A total of 25 cars from 9 brands entered the full-season of the GTWCHEU 2021
    • Successful tests for the #14, #114 and #163 Lamborghinis
    • Goal was to optimize setup


    Le Castellet (France), March 27th 2021

    Once again, the GT World Challenge promises to be a thrilling year that will keep motorsports fans everywhere on their toes. A total of 25 cars from 9 brands will be racing at this years’ GT World Challenge Europe.

    Emil Frey Racing performed private tests with its three Lamborghinis to get ready for the new season and to deliver the best performances possible. All the existing as well as the new drivers got the chance to get a feel of the Lamborghinis and to gain first learnings.

    On the 25th and 26th of March, the team participated at the official tests of the GT World Challenge Europe in Le Castellet (FR).

    Each test program was drawn up individually for each of the three cars to get the best results and to make sure each of the drivers will have ideal conditions. Despite the team not being 100% happy with last year’s race performance at Paul Ricard, the test programs were based on said learnings. However, this year’s test performances were solid and the team is all the more looking forward to the 6-hour race on the same track, on the 30th of May, 2021. Apart from a few red flags, the tests went without any major interruptions. With the goal of optimizing the race performance finetuning on the setup was performed.

    Team quotes

    Jürg Flach, Technical Director
    We just completed two very intense days of testing. We tried to use the data from our last tests as a base to setup the cars for the characteristics of the track here in Le Castellet. Though the results were not satisfying all throughout, we will be able to draw our conclusions and address the problems in time for the race weekend in May, and to deliver the best performance possible.

    Driver quotes Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #14

    Ricardo Feller (CH)
    We were able to draw a lot of data from the tests. We will be optimizing the cars according to said data, and to be as prepared as we can. The conditions on the track are constantly changing. That’s why those two days of testing were so important, as they showed once more that the wind is going to play a big role. We’re glad to have done the tests and we’re excited for the first race.

    Alex Fontana (CH)
    The test in Paul Ricard was quite important and a good thing for us. Paul Ricard is such an important event in the endurance championship, so it was great to be here. On the first day, I was driving together with Rolf. Ricardo joined us on the second day. We faced some unexpected challenges with the setup, but that’s what tests are for. Usually this is a test with a lot of cars but it’s not as easy to grasp the real potential of the other cars. We tried some things that we had tried on other tracks, which turned out to be suboptimal, so there was still a lot of work to be done on the car. But we were definitely headed in the right direction at the end of the first day and I’m sure my two teammates completed the work on the second day. These two test days were incredibly valuable as we’ve learned a lot.

    Rolf Ineichen (CH)
    The tests here in Le Castellet were intense but illuminating. The track is not to be underestimated and requires a very particular setup, which we inched our way towards step by step during the two days of testing. Alex delivered a strong basis, which we were able build upon. I’m confident about the race weekend in May and I’m looking forward to hit the track together with Alex and Ricardo.

    Driver Statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #114

    Jack Aitken (GB)
    The official test was pretty positive for us, even if it wasn’t perfect, we did a lot of laps as a team and learnt plenty! I’m getting more confident with the car and the new environment every day, and I’m excited for the first race in Monza in less than three weeks.

    Konsta Lappalainen (FIN)
    The tests were great for us. I think we’re much wiser now with regards to the car’s setup and how the tires work. Of course, there is still a lot to do, but we’re heading into the right direction.

    Arthur Rougier (FR)
    I’m really happy about the two test days here at Paul Ricard. I used those days to familiarize myself with the new environment around me. We’ve made a few changes on the car but overall, it’s going very well and I’m happy so far. It’s always good to see where we stand in terms of pace compared to the others, but of course sometimes it’s tricky to find out, as not everyone is showing their full potential during test days. I think we made good progress and I’m happy about it. We’re going straight to the next test now, which will be in Spa. I think we’ll be well prepared for the first race of the season in Monza in a few weeks.

    Driver quotes Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #163

    Albert Costa (ESP)
    Finally, the first official test of the year is in the books and we were able to see the performances of the other drivers as well. Our focus wasn’t to set a quick time, but to try a lot of new things with the car as well as different configurations on the setup. We did a lot of laps and I’m happy about that. The car is running well, and the team is doing a great job, too. I’m looking forward to the first race in Monza.

    Norbert Siedler (AT)
    The two test days didn’t go as we hoped, as we had to deal with some challenges. Our engineers have a lot of work and analyzing ahead of them to make sure that we get the best results in the end. With three cars on the team, you get to try a lot of different things and so each test delivers a ton of learnings.

    Emil Frey Racing to take on GT World Challenge Europe with three Lamborghinis

    • Two Lamborghinis entered in the Pro category (#114/#163)
    • Third car (#14) starts in the Silver category
    • Additional virtual races during Endurance weekends
    • Swiss driver trio for the #14 car: Ricardo Feller, Alex Fontana and Rolf Ineichen

    Safenwil (Switzerland), March 8th 2021

    Emil Frey Racing claimed a total of seven podiums during the 2020 season, which placed the Swiss team fifth in the overall GT World Challenge Europe rankings and third in the Sprint Cup. Lamborghini Squadra Corse and Emil Frey Racing value the professional partnership they share and are both excited about the future in 2021. The two Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO cars have been continuously improved, enabling the Swiss team to capitalise on the lessons learned in the past while looking forward to a thrilling season ahead.

    Emil Frey Racing will remain part of GT World Challenge Europe: the most sought-after and competitive GT3 series in the world. The number of talented drivers wanting to be part of Emil Frey Racing is growing continuously: a sign of the team’s continued development. To give more drivers the chance to race, and with great support from the factory, Emil Frey Racing has decided to increase its activities by adding a third Huracán GT3 EVO, with some exciting new stars at the wheel. In the weeks to come, Emil Frey Racing and its drivers will be testing in preparation for the season kick-off in Monza, in mid-April.

    Esports-competition of the GTWCHEU 2021 influences point system
    Once again, this year’s GT World Challenge Europe will consist of 10 race weekends. Five of those will be Endurance races, while the other five will be Sprint races.

    Fanatec, an established global leader in high-end racing simulation hardware, was already an official partner in the 2020 SRO E-Sport GT Series. This year, however, Fanatec will be taking on a new important role, in which the real and virtual world of motorsports will come together during the five Endurance weekends. Each team will pick a driver for the Silver category as well as the Pro category, who will represent the team at a virtual race, where points for the teams’ championship will be at stake.

    The season is planned to kick off with official tests at Le Castellet (F), on the 25th and 26th of March. The first of the 10 race weekends will take place in Monza (IT) from April 16 to 18. Given the current situation, the race will most likely take place without a live audience.

    Race calendar 2021 – GT World Challenge Europe

    New faces in the Emil Frey Racing cockpits
    Albert Costa and Norbert Siedler will be at the wheel of the #163 Lamborghini at the Sprint and Endurance races. The young Lamborghini factory driver Giacomo Altoè from Italy will be supporting the #163 crew on Endurance weekends.

    The #14 Lamborghini will enter the championship with a purely Swiss driver line-up: Ricardo Feller, who already delivered a solid performance in 2020, will be competing in Sprint as well as Endurance races. The #14 team will get support from the already familiar Alex Fontana, who secured a seat after having delivered strong performances during the Jaguar days back in 2018. The team is also thrilled to welcome Rolf Ineichen, the third Swiss racer, to the team. Rolf Ineichen is an experienced Lamborghini driver and will be supporting Feller and Fontana during the Endurance races.

    The newest member of the family will be the #114 Lamborghini, in the hands of three new drivers. Williams Formula 1 team reserve driver Jack Aitken was racing in Formula 2 before making his Formula 1 race debut to replace George Russell at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix. The 25-year-old British Korean driver will be taking on the Sprint and Endurance races. By his side will be 19-year old Finn Konsta Lappalainen, who won the 2018 Northern European Formula 4 Championship before he went on to gain valuable experience in FIA Formula 3. Arthur Rougier, aged 21, completes the endurance trio. The young Frenchman won the 2017 Formula 4 championship and bagged third place in the French GT4 Cup Pro-Am category in 2019.

    Drivers #163 – PRO-Category
    · Albert Costa (ESP) / Endurance & Sprint
    · Norbert Siedler (AT) / Endurance & Sprint
    · Giacomo Altoè (IT)  / Endurance

    Drivers #14 – SILVER- Category
    · Ricardo Feller (CH) / Endurance & Sprint
    · Alex Fontana (CH) / Endurance & Sprint
    · Rolf Ineichen (CH) / Endurance

    Drivers #114 – PRO- Category
    · Jack Aitken (GB) / Endurance & Sprint
    · Konsta Lappalainen (FIN) / Endurance & Sprint
    · Arthur Rougier (FR) / Endurance

    Emil Frey Racing is confident about having nine very strong drivers on their team.

     

     

    Team quotes

    Lorenz Frey-Hilti, Team Principal
    The season ending late in 2020 due to the Coronavirus resulted in a shorter winter break for us. The mechanics did comprehensive maintenance work on the cars and all our equipment, while the engineers analyzed the telemetry data and onboard footage to improve the strategy and optimize processes. I’m very excited and optimistic about the continuation and strengthening of our partnership by adding a third car. The level of expertise is extremely high, especially in this premier class of GT3. Winning is just a matter of seconds. This is why we greatly value the professional and active exchange with Lamborghini Squadra Corse. We’re a well-coordinated team aiming for strong results.

    Giorgio Sanna, Head of Motorsport Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.
    As Lamborghini Squadra Corse we’re glad to support Emil Frey Racing in the upcoming 2021 season, with three cars committed in both Endurance and Sprint series. The team will definitely be a main player in both the Pro and Silver classes, having a strong combination of Pro and talented Silver drivers who are very well known in the Lamborghini family.

    Jürg Flach, Technical Director
    The past few weeks have been very busy but I’m excited about entering the coming season with two Pro line-ups and one Silver line-up. We have a strong team consisting of our long-term drivers, our new talents in the #14 and the #114 and lastly, our skilled engineers and mechanics. I’m convinced that we’re ready as a team and ready for a challenging season. The pre-season tests have been successful so far and we’re optimistic about the season start in Monza.

    Driver quotes Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #163

    Albert Costa (ESP)
    This is the second year with Pirelli tyres and Lamborghini in the GT World Challenge Europe for Emil Frey Racing. l’m very excited, as this year we’ll be more ready than ever. I’ve known the team for many years now and I know that they continue to improve, which makes us more confident and reassured about what we do. This will also help a lot in terms of the setup as well as our reaction during the race. A lot of things changed in my personal life this year and I’m really looking forward to the season. I’m more focused and motivated than ever! I want to make sure that all the changes lead me in the right direction. With Norbert I will have a new teammate in the Sprint races. I’ve known him since I started racing and now, finally, we are racing together. Giacomo will join us in the Endurance races. He’s like a little brother to me and I’m sure we’re going to do a great job together with the Emil Frey Racing family.

    Norbert Siedler (AT)
    I’m happy that the season is about to start again! I really appreciate that I get the support I need from Emil Frey to be able to deliver a good performance. Thanks also to the whole team for the trust. Of course, I’m also thrilled about my teammates Albert and Giacomo. I’m looking forward to a great season. We have everything we need to compete at the top.

    Giacomo Altoè (IT)
    l’m really happy to be confirmed again for Emil Frey Racing. This will be our third season in a row together – after a successful season in 2019 and good results from the 2020 season. I’m looking forward to the new season and the new driver line-up. Norbert will join Albert and me, and I think we form a really strong line-up for the Endurance races. Together with the whole team, we can achieve a great deal. Let’s stay ready and let’s work on precision during the tests to achieve the very best before the start of the season!

    Driver quotes Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #14

    Ricardo Feller (CH)
    I’m so happy about being once again part of Emil Frey Racing in 2021. I think we have a great driver line up this year for all three cars. We, the #14 crew, will be competing in the Silver category, which I definitely see as an advantage. I’m endlessly grateful for the opportunity to embark on this challenge and can’t wait for it to start.

    Alex Fontana (CH)
    l’m super happy to be reunited with Emil Frey Racing. Racing for a Swiss team, with a completely Swiss driver line up in car #14 as a Swiss driver is just about perfect! We know each other from the 2018 season, which we concluded successfully. I’m really looking forward to the team reuniting and to start driving a car, which to me is practically new, since I had driven it only once before. But I felt comfortable in the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO straight from the start. Knowing the car a little bit better now and also knowing the team and engineers, reassures me and makes me optimistic about the upcoming season. For me this will be the first complete GT World Challenge season, since I’ve never driven both the Endurance and Sprint series combined. Driving both cups with the same car, driver line-up and team is great, and a big chance for me as a driver to improve and move forward.

    Rolf Ineichen (CH)
    I’m very excited to compete, together with Emil Frey Racing, in the Endurance cup of the GT World Challenge Europe. To race with a purely Swiss car and team means a lot to me. For this to happen and on this level is a first for me in my racing career. Though I have raced with a purely Swiss line-up before, I have never shared that experience together with a Swiss team. This and the great line up of drivers doubles my motivation. That’s why I’m so thrilled to enter the championship with my two colleagues Ricardo and Alex. In my opinion, we have a great chance to win in the Silver cup, which is also the ultimate goal. I’m confident that Emil Frey Racing has all it takes to make this happen. We will give our very best and are preparing on a very high level. We’re optimistic that this will be a successful year for us. I would like to thank Emil Frey Racing for giving me this opportunity to take on the challenge with the #14. A big thank you as well to my partners, who have been supporting me throughout the years and of course thank you to Lamborghini Squadra Corse for the trust and the opportunity to take part in different championships.

    Driver Statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #114

    Jack Aitken (GB)
    I’m delighted to join Emil Frey Racing this year for both the Sprint and Endurance series. It’s very exciting to start on a new discipline and add a new set of skills to my experience in single seaters, and I can’t wait to start learning! The Lamborghini Huracán GT3 has been a pleasure so far, and I hope I can add some success to its already impressive record. I’ve met much of the team at Emil Frey already and felt comfortable working with them from the start, they have a professionalism and attention to detail that matches anything I’ve seen so far in my career. This year will be a fantastic opportunity for me to broaden my abilities as a driver, and I intend to make the most of it.

    Konsta Lappalainen (FIN)
    I’m very pleased to join the Emil Frey Racing family this season. After the first test it was clear to me that we have a solid package for the championship. For sure, jumping straight into this championship coming from a single seater is a huge challenge for me, but I feel ready to take that step and I know the team will help me grow and ensure that we’re ready for the season kick off. Our driver line-up is strong, and my feeling is telling me that we can push each other to get even stronger during the season.

    Arthur Rougier (FR)
    I am really delighted to join Emil Frey Racing for the upcoming season. I want to thank everyone involved in making this project possible and the team for their trust. I’m really looking forward to what’s going to be my first year in endurance racing. The tests are going well so far and I’m already feeling good with the car and the team which is a nice point to start with. Let’s build on that, step by step from now on, to be fully ready for the opening round of the season in Monza. Let’s make this Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #114 shine!

    Emil Frey Racing places fifth in overall ranking of the GT World Challenge Europe 2020

    • Starting positions: P6 (#163) and P12 (#14) for the six-hour race
    • Race results: P8 (#163) and P11 (#14)
    • P5 in overall ranking of the GT World Challenge Europe 2020


    Le Castellet (France), November 15th 2020

    Free Practice / Pre-Qualifying
    Emil Frey Racing took advantage of the free practice on Saturday morning to find the right setup and to give newcomer Mikkel Mac the chance to familiarize himself with the car and the processes. To him, the race weekend came with two firsts: Being part of Team Emil Frey Racing and taking on a race in a Lamborghini. After having been handed over the #163 Lamborghini, Altoè struggled with oversteering and poor grip during pre-qualifying. The #163 crew then adjusted the setup accordingly in time for the qualifying. The two Lamborghinis finished their pre-qualifying on P13 (#163) and P16 (#14).

    Qualifying
    Altoè (#163) and Siedler (#14) were ready for the first qualifying. The new setup seemed to be a good fit for the Italian who raced to P8. Siedler, at the wheel of the #14 Lamborghini, delivered a strong performance as well and finished the first qualifying on P15. Mac clocked in solid lap times during the second qualifying and finished on P15. Grenier’s motivation was palpable, too. The Canadian was in 12th place with only 5 minutes to go and only 1.2 seconds to catch up on to the leader. Grenier finished his stint on P13. Costa (#163) and Feller (#14) took on the third and last qualifying. The Spaniard didn’t disappoint and drove his #163 masterfully to P2. Feller finished on P19 with the #14. The combined qualifying scores resulted in the starting positions for the last race of the season, which saw the #163 start from P6, and the #14 start from P12.

    Race
    40 cars were getting ready on the grid of Paul Ricard. Conditions on track were dry. Grenier (#14) and Altoè (#163) navigated a nerve-racking start, where several cars touched at the first chicane. Right in front of Altoè, an Audi started to spin, but thanks to Altoè’s fast reflex, he was able to dodge the Audi. It was a very strong start by Altoè, who then rose to P3. Grenier, at the wheel of #14, pulled off overtaking a Bentley and managed to place himself safely on P13 thanks to a strong lap time. Meanwhile, Altoè managed overtaking, leaving Ferrari behind, which secured him P2. Only 5 minutes later, the Italian took advantage of an error committed by another Ferrari right in front of him, claiming the lead. Then, in the 25th minute, a dramatic moment: Lexus’ Neubauer touched the #14 Lamborghini in the first turn, resulting in a spin. Grenier lost a lot of precious time but was able to continue the race without any damage to the car. After an hour of race time, it was time for both Lamborghinis to make their first pitstops. Grenier as well as Altoè took on double stints. The Canadian managed to place himself on P11 after a successful takeover. 2 hours passed and a full-course-yellow phase had to be introduced because of a Bentley that had come to a standstill. At the same time, Emil Frey Racing performed a pitstop and switched drivers to Mac and Siedler. At halftime, #163 was on P8, and #14 was on P11. Shortly after that, light rain set in. With almost 2 hours to go, Costa took over the #163 in 9th place. Siedler, with the #14, finished his stint on P10, before Feller took over. It was now Costas and Fellers time to shine and to successfully finish the race. With 1 hour and 10 minutes to go before the end of the race, Costa claimed P8 after successfully taking over a Porsche with the #54. Meanwhile, Feller solidly placed himself on P11. 45 minutes before the end of the race and with the sun already setting, the two crews went for a last pitstop. Unfortunately, the #14 Lamborghini got blocked by the #5 Mercedes, which made it impossible for Feller to make up positions. With only 6 minutes to go, Costa made up his mind to take over an Audi – a plan he pulled off 4 minutes later. The #163 crew finished on P8, while the #14 crew made it to P11. Emil Frey Racing finished the 2020 Season of the GT World Challenge Europe in fifth place in the overall ranking and claimed a solid third place in the sprint cup.

    Team statements

    Lorenz Frey-Hilti, Team Principal
    After a promising start by our #163 and a solid performance by our #14, I was of course hoping for different results. We delivered a strong performance at the start and Giacomo did an incredible job at the very top of the pack. However, due to tire wear, we lost grip and weren’t able to keep the pace throughout the race. We didn’t experience any technical errors or were given any penalties, which, of course, is a good thing. We’re concluding the season in fifth place in the overall ranking and in third place in the sprint series of the GT World Challenge Europe. I would like to thank the whole team for their hard work during this difficult year. The race weekends sometimes took place under very difficult circumstances, but we still managed to participate in all races and to finish the season.

    Jürg Flach, Technical Director
    It was our goal to finish third in the overall ranking. Unfortunately, our pace wasn’t good enough to reach that goal. Now it’s time to figure out the reasons why and to make the necessary improvements in time for season 2021. Aside from the many great moments, this shall be our motivation to improve. I’m proud of the team, their tireless efforts and of everything we’ve achieved this year.

    Driver statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #163

    Albert Costa Balboa (ESP)
    After eleven race weekends in a row, this was my last race for the year. This race wasn’t an easy one for me, I have to admit. We were leading the race, but unfortunately, couldn’t keep the lead and finished on P8. We were lacking a bit of speed and couldn’t fight for the victory. The Lamborghini Squadra Corse Team, Emil Frey Racing as well as my teammates did an amazing job. Of course, I wanted to do better but overall, I’m happy with our performance of the year. 2020 wasn’t easy for any of us. So, I’m really looking forward to leaving 2020 behind, and am looking forward to next year!

    Giacomo Altoè (ITA)
    It was the last race of the season with a new teammate. Unfortunately, Franck was racing in America. We tried to maximize our potential, and as always, we gave our very best. I’ve had a really good start: From P6, I went immediately to P3 and was almost flying with my pace. Then I rose to P2 and straight to P1, so we were leading, which was amazing. After the first pitstop, I started to struggle a lot with the car, especially with the tire degradation in the rear. And from then on, it was a really tough race. We need to look at what happened and what was missing at the end. Unfortunately, we couldn’t finish the job as we wanted, but nevertheless, things look very promising for the next season. Thanks to the team and my teammates.

    Mikkel Mac (DNK)
    It really, really was a great experience with the team of Emil Frey Racing. My teammates did an amazing job to help me find the right rhythm with the car and I think we did our best with only one day of testing and then going straight to qualifying, and then straight to the race. We had a lot of fights with other cars in the middle of the race, and I learned a lot about how the car behaved when I was behind someone. It was really interesting to experience the Lamborghini under these circumstances. Then it started to rain, which made things trickier. I did my best and the guys helped me out the whole weekend. I am very, very happy and thankful.

    Driver statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #14

    Norbert Siedler (AT)
    Of course, we imagined the race to be different. We aimed to finish in the Top 7. At the start, a Lexus touched our Lamborghini, which caused Mik to spin. In terms of speed, we weren’t where we were supposed to be. Something that started to become very clear halfway through the stint. All in all, one could say that we did well at the start, struggled in the middle of the race and began to pick up speed again toward the end of the race. The short season now sadly comes to an end. Now we’re looking forward and looking for ways to improve, so that we can fight right on top next season.

    Mikaël Grenier (CAN)
    It feels strange that the season is finished already. Today was a bit difficult, but I think we did the best we could. For sure, the start was crazy because a few drivers took a shortcut at the chicane and we lost some positions because of that – which isn’t fair. Then there was also the contact with the Lexus. Our pace at the beginning and at the end of the race was okay. Compared to the others, we struggled a lot in the middle. For sure, we have some homework to do for next year. Thank you to everyone. For many reasons it was a difficult year and we will come back stronger next season.

    Ricardo Feller (CH)
    This season felt both too short and too long. It was a challenging one, but I believe we were able to make a lot of progress and continuously kept improving the Lamborghini’s performance. I’m very grateful to have been part of the Emil Frey Racing Team in 2020 and hope that there’s going to be a next year. I’m not as happy with the last race but I think with P8 and P11, we managed to get the best we could. It’s not a perfect ending, but it’s also not a bad one. The potential to fight at the top is clearly there for both cars and I hope to prove that next year.

    EMIL FREY RACING FINISHES ON P16 WITH#14, AND DISCONTINUES RACE 1.5 HOURS BEFORE OFFICIAL FINISH WITH #163

    • Eventful comeback with 56 cars, two years after the last time in Spa
    • Technical problems force the #163 Lamborghini to end race early
    • The #14 Lamborghini finishes on P16


    Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), October 25th 2020

    Free Practice / Pre-Qualifying
    For Emil Frey Racing, the action-packed weekend started with free practice on Thursday. The drivers’ feedback to the engineers was positive. The Lamborghinis were in great shape and, correspondingly, performances were satisfactory. During Pre-Qualifying, Siedler/Grenier/Feller with the #14 Lamborghini were able to sustain and strengthen their solid pace and finished on P8. Meanwhile, Costa/Altoè/Perera, behind the wheel of the #163 Lamborghini, struggled with light understeering, which is why they finished Pre-Quali on P31.

    Qualifying
    Due to the track still being wet, Emil Frey Racing placed their bets on wet tires. However, the setup didn’t work as bargained for. Costa drove to P44 with his #163 in Quali 1. Three minutes before finish, the #98 Porsche touched the #14 Lamborghini’s rear, which, luckily, didn’t cause any damage. A driver change followed with Grenier and Altoè taking over. Toward the end of his stint, the Canadian complained about understeering, which saw him place in 22nd position. Altoè, behind the #163 wheel, raced to P24. Feller (#14) and Perera (#163) took over for the last part. Feller struggled with missing rear control. The combined results had the #163 qualify for Super Pole, while the #14 Lamborghini missed the Top 20 by just one position, ending on P22.

    Super Pole
    It was Albert Costa, who, with the #163, raced two laps in the Super Pole. He impressed with a brilliant pace, which temporarily secured him P1. In the end, he safely placed himself on P9. The #163 crew received three warning points during the last race weekend, which saw them forced to fall back 5 positions on the grid, having them start the race from P14.

    Race
    56 cars got ready on the grid, right across the Formula 1 Boxes. At the beginning of the race, conditions were still dry. Only 10 minutes after the race kicked off, the first interruption already took place due to tire pieces on the circuit. From the get-go, during the first hour-long stint, Mikael Grenier was very happy with his Lamborghini and hauled in solid lap times. He finished his stint on P19 and handed over the car to Siedler. Perera ended his stint on P17 and handed the #163 over to Giacomo Altoè. Then it was time for Feller and Costa to take on a double-stint. A technical defect on the brakes forced the #14 crew to do a pitstop, which caused them to fall behind, to P40. Thankfully, Feller could gain back a few positions. Costa finished his stint and Perera took over, placing the Lamborghini on P9. The #163 Lamborghini with Franck Perera managed to race to P7 and to securely place in the Top 10, as one of two Lamborghinis. The clock had already been counting 7 hours, when Grenier was given a Drive-Through-Penalty due to an error during pitstop. The #163 crew wasn’t spared either during their pitstop: the fuel-timer didn’t want to work right away, which caused the crew to lose 7 valuables seconds.
    In the 14th hour, Ricardo Feller raced to P34, while his colleague Costa positioned himself on P12. Perera took over the #163 from Costa and secured a P7 position. Feller pulled off a couple of overtaking maneuvers and finished his stint on P32.
    The first signs of rain showed up just in time for the second half of the race, but didn’t last long. The tire choice played a crucial role. During the last hours of the race, the number of interruptions grew. With only 5 hours left to go, Perera with the #163 was on P9, while Grenier with the #14 was fighting on P24. Two hours before the end of the race, both of the crews decided to switch to slicks despite light rain. Though the decision seemed to be working to their advantage at the beginning, rain grew stronger and the decision turned into a challenge. With two hours left to go, Albert Costa, with the #163 was in 8th place, while Norbert Siedler with the #14 was in 22nd place. Franck Perera, after taking over the #163, struggled with a delayed start, which cost the team valuable seconds. 1.5 hours before finish came the bitter disappointment: a mechanical issue, caused by a contact with another car, forced the crew to quit the race early. Mikael Grenier, manage to race past the finish line with the #14 Lamborghini and finished the race on P16.

    Team statements

    Lorenz Frey-Hilti, Team Principal
    Extremely difficult conditions marked the 24h race. Of course, I’m disappointed over the result. The team and the drivers did an excellent job. We suffered a big setback early on with the #14 because of a technical issue. Despite this being a 24h race, it was almost impossible to make up for lost time. The race seemed to be going better for the #163 crew. We were able to fight in the Top 10 until 1.5 hours before race end. The #14 crew was able to secure P16, despite the big setback at the start. I want to thank the team for their hard work. We gained a lot of experience and are looking forward to hopefully be back in attack-mode soon.

    Jürg Flach, Technical Director
    We were well-prepared for this big event and had high goals. With the super pole we’ve achieved one of our goals. However, because of technical issues, we fell behind expectations. The team, once again, did a great job, but we still weren’t able to reap the fruits of our labour. Now it’s all about learning from this and to move forward.

    Driver statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #163

    Albert Costa Balboa (ESP)
    Of course I’m disappointed. To have to quit a race this close before the finish line is hard to accept – especially after having done such a good job during the race, even fighting in the Top 10. But that’s racing. We have to accept this and move forward. We grew stronger and more competitive from race weekend to race weekend. With a bit of luck, we could have maybe even made it to the Top 5. Thank you to the team that did a fantastic job. I’m looking forward to the last race in Paul Ricard.

    Giacomo Altoè (ITA)
    For me personally, it was one of the best experiences of the year with my Emil Frey Racing family. We fought really hard throughout the whole weekend. The speed was there, mistakes were minimized and all of that with the objective to make it to the Top 10. 1.5 hours before the race finish, we struggled with technical difficulties, which left us no choice but to end the race. It’s a pity. But I’m still proud of the team and my colleagues. We will return back stronger than ever!

    Franck Perera (FR)
    The conditions for this race weren’t easy at all. We fought very hard from start ‘til the last hour. Of course, disappointing moments are part of motorsport. Nevertheless, we should be proud of what we delivered and showed this weekend – without committing any major mistakes. The team did a great job. Thank you to the team, my colleagues and to Lamborghini Squadra Corse. We’re now moving forwarding and will try our very best to end the season in Paul Ricard well.

    Driver statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #14

    Norbert Siedler (AT)
    I think we all imagined this race to be different. Especially, because of the technical difficulties which caused for us to fall behind 5 full laps. But in the end, we’re happy with P16, considering that we had fallen back to P46. Thanks to the whole team that did a great job. I’m already looking forward to Paul Ricard.

    Mikaël Grenier (CAN)
    Well, what can I say – it was a long race! The performance we delivered was solid and good, but it wasn’t enough for a win. But if you take into consideration the fact that we had problems with the brakes twice, the team still did an amazing job. The pitstops were good, we didn’t have any crashes with other cars and we were able to finish the race, which is what counts the most. Next year we’ll be going for even better results.

    Ricardo Feller (CH)
    It was a very difficult race. Unfortunately, we had to change brake calipers twice early on in the race, which cost us a lot of time. It’s extremely difficult to make up for lost time. Nevertheless, a huge thank you to every single person in the team for the great work (as always) and thank you to Mik and Norbi for the flawless work.

    EMIL FREY RACING AWAITS THE SEASON HIGHLIGHT IN SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS

    • 56 GT3 cars from 11 different manufacturers are expected
    • First time for event to take place in autumn adds extra challenge
    • Optimistic because of learnings from past testing days in Spa


    Safenwil (Switzerland), October 19th 2020

    Emil Frey Racing has been preparing extensively for the upcoming 24h-race in Spa. The team was able to collect and analyze a handful of valuable insights and learnings during the official testing days in Spa late last September. The upcoming race is considered the most important race of the season, not just for Emil Frey Racing alone, but for the whole «GT World Challenge Europe» series. Fans all around the world will be watching the race live.
    Because of the recent results and general upward trajectory of the past race weekends, Emil Frey Racing is hopeful about achieving good results in Spa. No other race has as many points up for grabs as the 24h-race in Spa, making it the most crucial for the overall championship.
    The world-famous circuit in Spa-Francorchamps is merciless and calls for impeccable cars that can withstand any weather condition without losing stability. This year, the month of October, with its ever-changing weather conditions, will add an extra challenge. The circuit requires a lot of mechanical grip, especially for parts of track with a lot of turns.

    Overview 24h-race in Spa:

    Despite the fact that race will be taking place without fans at the circuit, it can be streamed live at home via Youtube-Livestream.

    Team statements

    Lorenz Frey-Hilti, Team Principal
    The circuit in Spa-Francorchamps is one of my absolute favorites. When I was still actively racing as a driver, I was given the opportunity to participate at the 24h-race several times myself. We were able to continuously improve on our performance during the past race weekends. Because of this and because of our known-how and the two Lamborghinis, I’m optimistic about achieving good results in Spa.

    Jürg Flach, Technical Director
    Since returning from Barcelona, we’ve been preparing non-stop for the highlight of the season: the 24h-race. The cars are getting a complete overhaul with new components to ensure absolute perfection – nothing will be left to chance. This, together with a great performance and a sound strategy, is key to winning. We were able to gather a lot of information and gain insights and learnings with our Jaguar and Lexus during the past few years and are therefore traveling to Spa with high expectations. It’s our goal to continue our successful streak and to finish the race on top.

    Driver statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #163

    Albert Costa Balboa (ESP)
    Motivation is at it’s highest for the biggest race of the year! This race means a lot to me, which is why I’m working hard. Spa-Francorchamps is my favorite circuit. I’m going to savor it. Now it’s all about finding the right setup. Of course, the crazy weather also means that we need a big portion of luck as well, but we still need to prepare for all conditions. We’ve been having a string of successful race weekends, which is why I want to continue our streak. I know I have the team, the car and the colleagues that are needed to achieve top results. I almost can’t wait to get to Spa.

    Giacomo Altoè (ITA)
    The 24h-race in Spa is the biggest race of the year! It’s going to be a long and intense week. That’s why we have to stay focused and can’t afford mistakes. The weather is going to be tricky. I’m hoping for good BOP (Balance of Performance). I’m sure that we’ll deliver, together with the whole team, as we’ve been improving constantly the past few race weekends. I’m really stoked about this race.

    Franck Perera (FR)
    I’m looking forward to be able to experience the mega event in Spa with the Emil Frey Racing team. All over the world it’s considered a privilege to take part in the 24h-race in Spa-Francorchamps. The team has evolved tremendously this season. It’s shown how competitive it is under the hardest set of circumstances. That’s what will drive me this weekend. We have all the ingredients that we need – team, driver and car – to achieve amazing things. Unfortunately, the event will be without fans – which isn’t unusual this year. Still, I’m looking forward to hit the pavement with the team.

    Driver statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #14

    Norbert Siedler (AT)
    I’m so looking forward to be starting in Spa soon! The last races have shown that we’re in excellent shape. We’re all top motivated and we’ll go the extra mile to compete at the very top. I’m very happy to be back and hope that the weather will behave at the end of October.

    Ricardo Feller (CH)
    After our successful race weekend in Barcelona, I’m now very much looking forward to Spa-Francorchamps. We’re well prepared and we’ll continue to improve the setup. This is especially important because of the long runs and the unpredictable weather.

    Mikaël Grenier (CAN)
    Naturally, I’m looking forward to the longest race of the year! Yes, it’s a big challenge, but I believe we’re ready. Our last 24h-race was two years ago. The weather will be a big question mark for all of us and play an important role. We have to prepare for everything and anything, but I’m confident – thanks to the whole squad and my colleagues.

    2 POLES – 3 PODIUMS: EMIL FREY RACING PUTS ITSELF FIRMLY IN THIRD PLACE AT THE SPRINT CUP OF THE GT WORLD CHALLENGE EUROPE

    • One-two finish at the first race: P1 for #163 und P2 for #14
    • 4 poles in the last five races
    • Third in the overall team ranking of the Sprint Cup 2020


    Barcelona (Spain), October 11th 2020

    The Safenwil Squad traveled in high spirits to Barcelona for the final leg of the Sprint Series of the GT World Challenge Europe 2020. The entire crew was in Barcelona – with the exception of Norbert Siedler, who had to sit this race out due to health reasons and was replaced by teammate Ricardo Feller.

    Test Session
    The race weekend was kicked off on Thursday, with the official test session. The session was dominated by numerous red flags and the corresponding interruptions. Emil Frey Racing started with a base setup that had been finalized during the last race weekend. The team decided on two different strategies for the two Lamborghinis to be able to adjust quickly to the ever-changing conditions on the track, and to be able to deal with minimal grip that was felt right from the start. Excellent lap times as well as finishing on P3 with the #14 and on P6 with the #163 were strong proof of the team’s competitiveness. After the test session, it was all about taking all the learnings, building on them and to keep optimizing the cars accordingly.

    Free Practice
    Emil Frey Racing and Lamborghini decided to participate in the Silver Cup because of the driver lineup for the #14, with Grenier and Feller taking turns at the wheel – truly a first in the history of Emil Frey Racing together with Lamborghini. The #163 took off on old tires while the crew with the #14 decided to go with new ones – those also took them all the way to P2 after the first free practice. The #163 Lamborghini secured P9. The team was then able to sustain their tight performance during the second free practice on Friday afternoon. The two Lamborghinis were defending their positions at the very top, with the two cars charging to the front with the #14 Lamborghini on P1 and the #163 Lamborghini right behind it, on P2.  They were able to defend and hold their positions for a very long time. However, competition didn’t want to waste their free practice and fought just as hard for a place at the top. In the end of the second practice, Emil Frey Racing secured P3 (#14) and P4 (#163) – a great indicator of what to expect in the qualifying.

    Pre-Qualifying / Qualifying 1 / Race 1
    Feller and Costa went first at the Pre-Qualifying. The two drivers felt visibly at ease in their respective Lamborghinis, which is why no major adjustments had to be made. Feller finished his stint on P4 and handed over the #14 to Grenier. Costa, at the wheel of #163, placed himself right behind Grenier, on P5. Shortly thereafter, with only about half an hour to go, rain started to pour. Meanwhile, Altoè was handed over #163 and struggled with missing grip. Still, the two crews emerged on P5 (#14) and P6 (#163).
    Only minutes before the start of the first qualifying, with a total of 21 drivers on the grid, it started to drizzle. The tire choice would now be crucial. Emil Frey Racing decided to go on Slicks for both Lamborghinis. Feller then sped off and placed himself right at the front within the first five minutes, with a Mercedes and a Bentley right behind him. Altoè as well produced a stellar pace and charged to P3. As the teams performed their pit stops, rain increased. Thankfully, Emil Frey Racing had managed to gain a solid lead that translated to a lap time of 1:45.572 and a pole position for #14, and another solid 1:45.975 on P3 for #163.

    The start of the first race didn’t deliver any spectacular moments. However, just 10 minutes in, a first interruption had to be called due to a Ferrari landing on the gravel. Once the safety car period was over, both teams went for a pit stop and a driver change to Costa/Grenier. The fast pit stop by the #163 crew even gained them a spot, placing them in P2.  Meanwhile, #14s excellent pit stop not only helped them defend their P1, but even strengthened the lead. With only 15 minutes to go, Costa edged his way forward and overtook his sister car with the #14. The Emil Frey Racing squad therefore bagged a double-victory: P1 for #163 and P2 for #14, and to top that off: a victory for the #14 Lamborghini in the Silver Cup.

    Qualifying 2 / Race 2
    Safety marshals declared the track as wet. Both Lamborghinis therefore started on wet tires for safety reasons. But that didn’t last long as the team switched to slicks after the first lap. The changing of tires was well worth it: Grenier (#14) and Costa (#163) charged their way to the Top 3 within the first 12 minutes. 5 minutes before finishing the race, another change of tires took place. Costa delivered a superb lap time and with it, the fourth pole position in a row for Emil Frey Racing. The #14 Lamborghini with Grenier at the wheel would be starting the second race from P11 on the grid. Conditions were dry at the beginning of the second race. Grenier went for it in the very first minute, trying to overtake SKY-Tempesta Racing’s Ferrari, resulting in Grenier touching the Ferrari’s rear. While he managed to place himself on P7 with that move, he was penalized with a Drive-Through-Penalty. With 7 rounds to go until pit stop, Costa was kept defending his lead with his solid pace. The #163 Lamborghini was then handed over to Altoè, who managed to stay in P1. Meanwhile, after the drive-through-penalty, their sister car with the #14 was handed over to Feller, who was able to gain two positions thanks to the fast pit stop. With only 10 minutes on the clock, Italian Altoè, at the wheel of #163, even impressed with the fastest lap on the circuit. Unsurprisingly, he then raced to the finish in first place, which was unfortunately penalized by the race authority with a 35-second penalty due to an error during driver change procedure – he fell back to P17. The #14 Lamborghini finished the race on P8 and even clinched third place in the silver class.

    Qualifying 3 / Race 3
    Once again, it was Costa and Grenier who were going to start with their respective Lamborghinis, and once again, they were able to keep the brilliant pace. The #163 Lamborghini gained a sizeable lead over the rest of the pack – a position Costa was able to successfully defend. Meanwhile, Canadian Grenier raced to P7 during halftime, with room for improvement in the third sector. 1 minute and 30 seconds before the end of the race, traffic was building, which wasn’t helping Costa at all. The Spaniard finished the qualy on P4 with his #163 Lamborghini, while Grenier with the #14 finished on P6. The third and last sprint race of the season started spectacularly: a crash involving several cars led to the race being interrupted only seconds into the race. It took a full 10 minutes before the race could continue. In the meantime, Ricardo Feller took over the #14 from Mikael Grenier, keeping a brilliant pace. The Swiss driver even recorded the fastest lap time with 24 minutes left on the clock. His colleague Altoè, meanwhile, battled his way forward and placed himself on P4. With only 15 minutes to go, Feller had one goal in mind: to pass the Audi in front of him. But easier said than done. The timer was mercilessly counting down, with only 8 minutes on the clock, and Feller still on P4. Feller’s fighting spirit paid off: The Swiss driver charged forward and pulled off a spectacular overtaking maneuver, securing him P3, and with it, Emil Frey Racing’s second podium in Barcelona. The crew with the #163 emerged as fifth. The Safenwil squad therefore placed itself firmly in third place in the overall team ranking of the Sprint Cup of the GT World Challenge Europe.

    Team statements

    Lorenz Frey-Hilti, Team Principal
    The team showed a lot of fighting spirit this weekend. I’m immensely proud of the double-victory in the first race; the two honors in the Silver Cup; the pole positions; and finally, of placing third in the overall ranking of the Sprint Cup in the GT World Challenge Europe. The denied victory in the second race and with it, the setback in the race for the overall Sprint Cup title is of course extremely hard for us. Still, it’s paramount to stay clear-headed for the last two race weekends. We definitely had a shot at a title-bid for the sprint cup. Now we’re shifting focus to the 24h of Spa.

    Jürg Flach, Technical Director
    Once again, we were able to deliver a very strong performance from the get-go. A double-pole-position, followed by a double-victory in the first race, as well as the denied victory in the second race are impressive proof of that. In the end, we managed to place ourselves firmly in third place in the overall sprint cup, and we gained really valuable learnings and lessons. Now it’s time to continue the upward trend and to prepare ourselves for the 24h of Spa with all that we’ve got.

    Driver statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #163

    Albert Costa Balboa (ESP)
    I’m super happy. The most important and crucial thing for me after this weekend, is that we were really strong. We almost had the title for the overall sprint cup in the bag, had we not gotten a penalty in the second race. Still, I am super proud of every single person in the team and of my partner Giacomo. With them, everything is possible. All in all: I’m in good spirits. It’s better to be strong and to lose than to be weak and to not even have a fighting chance. We fought hard until the very end, and that’s what counts.

    Giacomo Altoè (ITA)
    It really was a great weekend. I really appreciate all the hard work from the whole team and, of course, from Albert. They really did an amazing job. We won two races in a row – three even, if you count the one in Zandvoort. That’s a great achievement and it shows how hard the team’s been working and how much we’ve improved. I’m thrilled and so proud of the team and am already looking forward to Spa-Francorchamps.

    Driver statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #14

    Ricardo Feller (CH)
    It really was an excellent weekend. We showed a lot of potential. The pole position was a great achievement and the result of a strong performance. We could have won the first race, so I’m quite happy. We struggled a bit in the second race because we started a little bit further back and I got stuck behind a Mercedes. I was able to finish in P8 despite the drive through penalty. The last race was super fun as I engaged in a lot of duels with other drivers. The car was in great condition. Now I’m just looking forward to Spa.

    Mikaël Grenier (CAN)
    It was a great weekend. I think we were able to show that we were able to continuously improve the Lamborghini since the start of the season. The team is really doing an excellent job. We bagged two podium positions in three races and Silver Cup honors! I’m super stoked and would like to congratulate the whole team. Now it’s time to focus on Spa.

    ON TO THE LAST SPRINT WEEKEND OF THE SEASON AT THE CIRCUIT DE BARCELONA-CATALUNYA

    • Last and crucial sprint race of the season
    • EFR currently in third place in the sprint ranking and in fifth place in the overall ranking
    • Weekend schedule to consist of three one-hour races


    Safenwil (Swtizerland), October 06th 2020

    Return to familiar ground
    In February of this year, the team from Safenwil completed their first tests on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, where they gathered valuable learnings which they will use to build a solid base for the coming race weekend. Emil Frey Racing has fond memories of the track. In 2019, the team celebrated a double victory and is therefore optimistic about the race weekend to come, which also happens to be the last sprint race of the GT WORLD CHALLENGE EUROPE 2020. As such, it will decide who will be the winner of this year’s sprint series.

    The following program will be implemented on October 10-11, 2020 in Barcelona:

    16 turns and 4.655 km of track shape the track in Montmeló, which is located only 30 minutes by car from Barcelona’s city center. The long turns, which lend the circuit its special character, will be especially demanding for the tires. The circuit is also a popular testing ground for Formula 1- and motorcylce teams; also owing to the mild temperatures in the winter as well as at the beginning of the year.

    Once again, this weekend’s race can be followed live, via Youtube-Livestream.

    Team statements

    Lorenz Frey-Hilti, Team Principal
    We left Zandvoort with mixed emotions because we weren’t able to translate our pole positions into wins. Nevertheless, we were able to make a great leap forward and are now in third place in the sprint ranking.  Now it’s time to head on to Barcelona and to take on the last tricky sprint race weekend of the season. We will be facing three one-hour sprint races, which will give us the opportunity to gain more points for the championship.

    Jürg Flach, Technical Director
    Barcelona is a familiar track. After our strong performance in Zandvoort, it’s now our goal to use the last round of sprint races of the season to ensure the positive trend keeps moving up. Being in third place in the sprint ranking, we’ll be aiming for a perfect weekend without penalties and errors in order to stay in the running for a title. The circuit in Catalunya had been given a new surface with fresh asphalt in time for the 2018 season and has become a lot faster. The fast turns as well as the slower parts of the track require good aerodynamics and mechanical grip. These seem to be our strengths. I believe in the skills of our team and I’m looking forward to the upcoming challenge.

    Driver statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #163

    Albert Costa Balboa (ESP)
    Racing in my hometown is always an extra motivation for me. From a total of three races, I will do two qualifyings. It will be our last sprint race of the season and I’m very motivated, especially after the win in Zandvoort. Of course, I’m going to be extremely focused again. Unfortunately, the event will be held without a public, but I will still give my best, as always, and hopefully be able to bring home another trophy!

    Giacomo Altoè (ITA)
    I’m really looking forward to the last race weekend of this year’s sprint championship. It will be a three-race-weekend, so busy times ahead! For Albert, it’s a race in his hometown and so of course, we hope to finish strong. We will fight to show everyone that the whole team did a great job to improve the car, the setup as well as the pitstop. We’ll try to do everything to maximize our result.

    Driver statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #14

    Norbert Siedler (AUT)
    I’m looking forward to the last sprint weekend! We fared really well last time in Barcelona and I’m sure that Emil Frey Racing will once again prepare a highly competitive car that will enable us to fight for a place on the podium.

    Mikaël Grenier (CAN)
    I like the track a lot in Barcelona, therefore I’m looking forward to be driving it. We were fast last year in the GT Open and did a few testing days at the beginning of this year in Barcelona. That’s why I have a good feeling and of course we’re trying to fight for a win this time!

    Successful testing days in Spa-Francorchamps

    • First time for Emil Frey Racing to be in Spa with Lamborghini and Pirelli
    • Changing weather conditions allow for broad range of setups
    • 18 hours of extensive day- as well and night sessions

     

    Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), October 02nd 2020

    Emil Frey Racing has left Zandvoort (NL), where last weekend’s race took place, to travel to Spa-Francorchamps and do official testing from the 29th to the 30th of October 2020. The crew traveled with a limited number of members due to current travel restrictions. The tight schedule and long working hours meant that the team was going to face two fully-packed testing days. To say that testing would come with serious mental and physical strains for the whole team, is an understatement.

    The official testing schedule below:

    On Tuesday, the first out of two official test days, the two Lamborghinis already logged in an impressive number of kilometres. The #14 Lamborghini recorded 700 kilometres, while the #163 Lamborghini logged 849 kilometres. Emil Frey Racing’s objective for the test days was to get to know the circuit Spa-Francorchamps and to test the Pirelli tires alongside the Lamborghinis on the track. The team was working towards finding the perfect car balance in dry as well as wet weather conditions, and to optimize accordingly. To set a solid base, Emil Frey Racing also worked on its qualy-lap performance. However, the long-run performances were just as important, as it was of utmost importance to find a tire-friendly setup for the longrun. The night session offered the perfect opportunity for the drivers to get used to darker light conditions, while the engineers took the chance to analyse the tires and their behavior. A later-than-usual place in the calendar for the race also brings a whole new set of challenges. Especially the unpredictable weather and lower temperatures will require for the team to be extra agile during the race. Because temperatures will be dropping even lower until the end of October, it’s all the more important to make the right amount of tire pressure the main focus.

    Team statements

    Lorenz Frey-Hilti, Team Principal
    The two test days in Spa were very valuable. The 24-hour race usually takes place during the summer months. The race having been postponed to the end of October means that there will be new challenges that we’ll have to tackle together as a team. Nevertheless, thanks to all the insights and learnings, I’m looking forward to one of the toughest endurance races of the world.

    Jürg Flach, Technical Director
    We were able to stick to our plan during the official test days in Spa. The very first test day with a total of 11 hours of active racing, of which 4 were at night, were especially gruelling. The drivers were able to get used to the dark and the track characteristics. We’re well-prepared for the changing weather conditions, which are to be expected in late October.

    Driver statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #163

    Albert Costa Balboa (ESP)
    That was a good test for us. The weather was unpredictable as it kept changing from rainy to dry. But that’s also why it was perfect: We were able to try several things on the Lamborghinis and are therefore well-prepared for the big race. I can’t wait!

    Giacomo Altoè (ITA)
    We went straight to Spa-Francorchamps right after our weekend in Zandvoort, to take part at the two-day official testing. This helped us find a good base for the setup, which we will use starting from the free practice during the 24-hour race weekend. We were able to test in dry as well as rainy weather conditions and are really excited about the race weekend. Of course, a lot of work still needs to be done, but the 24-hour race is a highlight and the biggest race of the year. That’s why now it’s game time! Time to chase the best result possible.

    Franck Perera (FR)
    The testing days are over, and I am happy to be racing again with Emil Frey Racing. It’s been a long time since Nürburgring and it will be yet another long break until the race weekend in Spa-Francorchamps starts. The test days weren’t easy, especially because of the weather. But that’s no news in 2020! The race weekend itself won’t be easy either, which is exactly why it’s so thrilling. The team is working constantly on optimizing the Lamborghini, and they’re doing an amazing job. I’m confident that we have everything we need to deliver a great performance on the track. I’m looking forward to return to Spa with the whole team.

    Driver statements Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #14

    Norbert Siedler (AUT)
    It was a very productive two days of testing. We were able to test a lot of different scenarios – in dry as well as in wet conditions. Our engineers now have the next 3 weeks to analyse and evaluate a big set of data. I’m confident that they will do the right adjustments to the setup to get the car ready for the 24-hour race. Many thanks to the whole team!

    Mikaël Grenier (CAN)
    I’m happy with the two test days. We were able to try out different setups in rainy as well as dry weather, which was very valuable. Of course, there’s still room for improvement before we’re ready to take on the 24-hour race, but I’m still very satisfied with our output during the test days.

    Ricardo Feller (CH)
    The weather kept changing a lot during the past two days, which was actually perfect because it helped us collect loads of data, which we’ll evaluate and apply to get ready for the big race in three weeks. Our engineers did an outstanding job!

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