- 7th and 8th race of GT Open at the Red Bull Ring in Austria
- Emil Frey Racing is heading championship leaderboard by four points
- Swiss debuts at race track in Styria I Home race for Norbert Siedler
Safenwil (Switzerland), 04th July 2019:
Next week, the International GT Open Series are going to the Red Bull Ring and Emil Frey Racing is starting into the season´s second half as championship leader at the Austrian Grand-Prix Circuit. The primary objective for the Swiss private team is to get as many important points as possible at the races seven and eight on a currently still unknown track.
The drivers Albert Costa Balboa from Spain alongside his Italian team-mate Giacomo Altoè are beefed-up ahead of the next round, following the disappointing retirement of the number 63 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO at the last race at Spa-Francorchamps – especially, since the #63 has no time handicap for the first race. Despite having to add an additional 15 seconds penalty to their pitstop time, the sister car number 14, with Norbert Siedler celebrating his home race, and the Canadian Mikael Grenier, proofed at Spa already that even a longer obligatory pitstop enables the pair to head onto the podium.
The fight for the title is also heating-up since the last race at Belgium and will continue in front of a picturesque setting in Austria. Although the Emil Frey Racing drivers have lost the lead of the driver´s championship, they are close to the top with one points respective three points in the positions two and three.
The next stage after Spa-Francorchamps is the Red Bull Ring, also suited within a mountain panorama at a height of about 700 metres. The technically demanding track is about 50 kilometres outside Graz and offers great diversity around 4.326 kilometres track with a 12 percent height difference.
The highly anticipated weekend is beginning on Friday, 12th July 2019 with two free practice sessions. The first qualifying is taking place at 11:30 am, followed by the 70-minute race at 5:50 pm on Saturday, 13th July 2019. The second qualifying will go underway at 08:50 am on Sunday, 14th July 2019, with the second race for one hour starting at 02:15 pm. All sessions, qualifying and races are broadcast live by GT Open via: https://www.youtube.com/user/GTOPENseries
Lorenz Frey-Hilti, Team Principal Emil Frey Racing
“Many weeks have passed since the last race at Spa, but we used the time for both an intensive data analysis in the workshop as well as a Straight-Line test for further data and analysis of aerodynamic issues in Italy. The team is looking well ahead of the start into the second half of the season and we are becoming stronger by each race as we understand the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO better and better. Each driver pairing respect each other and there is a good dynamic within the team, which is positive for all of us. The car also gets quicker thank to this good and close relationship by each and everyone in the team. We are going to be at the Red Bull Ring for the first time and it will be a great challenge for us.”
Jürg Flach, Technical Director Emil Frey Racing
“We used the time since Spa well and concluded, amongst others, a Straight-Line-Test for the aerodynamic in Italy. As we have not been at the Red Bull Ring previously, it will be a new challenge for us in terms of setting up the car. At first sight, the track looks fairly easy, however in order to be quick it´s a technically high demanding track. There are not many opportunities for overtaking, you need great Top-Speed on the long straight heading to Turn 3 and the relevant braking power as well as stability whilst braking. You also need good mechanical grip for both the low and medium speed areas and a good balance of the car to minimize understeering. We are optimistic that we can continue to show a good performance and collect important points for the championship.”
Driver Quotes Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #14
Norbert Siedler (AUT)
“I know the Red Bull Ring very well of course and have been there many times. I have also won a few races like in GT Masters or in Porsche Cup. We are not thinking about the championship yet, although we are currently looking good, but the main goal for Spielberg is to get points, as many as possible and also try and win another race.”
Mikael Grenier (CAN)
“I am very much looking forward to race at the Red Bull Ring as I have not been there before and I always really enjoy driving on new tracks. I will prepare accordingly in the Simulator at the Emil Frey Racing workshop and should be ready. Norbert knows the track very well and it´s his home race, so he will try everything to win there. So far, we have done a good job and just needs to keep pushing.”
Driver Quotes Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO #63
Albert Costa Balboa (ESP)
“It is also for me a premiere at the Red Bull Ring. I have been there a few times coaching others but never raced there before. Looking from the outside, the track looks interesting and many drivers have said in the past that it is just great to drive there. It´s a short and to the point and also for the team a debut. Now it´s half-time in the calendar and I am more motivated than ever. I will give my absolute maximum until the end.”
Giacomo Altoè (ITA)
“I am so excited ahead of the Red Bull Ring, because it is time that we will stand on the top step once again. We had our chance in the second race at Spa and could have managed it, so we are ready to attack again in Austria. It is for both the team and I the first time at this race track. I have trained a lot in the Simulator and have watched on-board videos to ensure I know the track well before the first free practice.”