Emil Frey Racing absolved its final two test days ahead of the start of the new season last week. The Swiss concluded their on-track preparations at the circuit of Spa-Francorchamps. In the weeks leading up to the season-opener at Paul Ricard, the team will work meticulously in the workshop at Safenwil. Following the last test, the Canadian Mikael Grenier, who already had one season with the team last year, was confirmed as the fourth driver.
Since the arrival of the two Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO, Emil Frey Racing took to three different race tracks for their test program. After the first impressions, the teams looks positively to their second season in the GT Open.
Albert Costa Balboa (ESP) and Giacomo Altoé (ITA) were already confirmed as driver pairing, now the team also confirmed Canadian Mikael Grenier as team-mate for the Austrian Norbert Siedler in the second Lamborghini. Grenier convinced the team at the tests and is therefore starting into his second season with Emil Frey Racing.
Emil Frey Racing participates with two Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO the International GT Open Championship with its seven race meetings at some of the most beautiful tracks in Europe. The season will kick off at Paul Ricard (France) on 27 and 29 April 2019.
Lorenz Frey-Hilti, Team Principal Emil Frey Racing
“So far, the various tests went well. We realised pretty quickly, that the car is almost fully developed from a technical point of view. We received amazing support from Lamborghini and were able to work well even ahead of the first test thanks to the experience we received. At the first tests, we didn’t face any technical issues. We received very good and detailed feedback from our drivers. With this information and the collected data, we continuously improved the car’s performance. I am very pleased to confirm Mikael as our driver. Now we are looking at a few weeks preparation at Safenwil before the season starts – we are ready.”
Jürg Flach, Technical Director Emil Frey Racing
“The Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO is a very well and fully designed product, however, we still need to understand the characteristics and specifics of the car in order to find the right Set-up for different race tracks. We chose Barcelona, Monza and Spa for our test program as they are part of our racing calendar whilst also featuring High, Low and Medium Downforce. The Lamborghini feels at home on every track and after our experience it has a lot of potential. We are pleased with the results to date and are optimistic for the new season.”
Driver Quotes Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo #63
Albert Costa Balboa (ESP)
“I like the way we work with the new car and also how we work on understanding the Michelin tyres. The competitiveness in the GT Open Championship is very high. The tests went well, we are learning a lot and trying different things. Next time we sit in the car it will be at the first race at Paul Ricard. Personally, I will now focus on my preparation for the season and am excited for it to start soon.”
Giacomo Altoé (ITA)
“I am very excited for the season. Emil Frey Racing is a great team that has worked on a high level for many years. I am also working hard to achieve the best possible result with the team.”
Driver Quotes Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #14
Norbert Siedler (AUT)
“I am excited for the new project, because I have already driven Lamborghini in my career. It is a really great GT3 car that has been tested thoroughly. There are no issues whatsoever with this car. Now, we have to focus getting to know the Set-up as it is a new car for the team.”
Mikael Grenier (CAN)
“I am very happy to be back with Emil Frey Racing for a second season and even more happy to start the new project with team with Lamborghini. We had a good winter testing as it is a new car for us and we had a lot of work to do. I am also happy to be racing together with Norbert (Siedler), we will work hard all season and see what happens at the end.”