Emil Frey Racing aiming to keep GT Masters momentum going at Nürburgring
- Eiffel circuit kicks off second half of the season
- Teams and Drivers titles the focus after double Zandvoort victory
- All three crews keen to make inroads in the points standings
Safenwil (Switzerland), July 26th 2022
Emil Frey Racing heads into the second half of the 2022 ADAC GT Masters season at the Nürburgring in Germany with eyes firmly focused on the Drivers and Teams titles following a breakthrough double victory last time out.
The long summer break from the domestic GT3 championship has left the Swiss-based team with plenty of time to reflect on what was a perfect weekend in round three of the campaign at Zandvoort. The Silver Cup pairing of Konsta Lappalainen and Mick Wishofer claimed the coveted first race victory for the team in race one, while Albert Costa Balboa and Jack Aitken repeated the feat with their maiden win in the second race.
Since then, the team has come through the biggest race of the GT3 calendar, the Spa 24 Hours in Belgium, and is now readying itself for two ADAC GT Masters race weekends in three weeks, starting with the challenging Nürburgring this weekend.
Following the Zandvoort round, the #63 Pro entry of Costa Balboa and Aitken are just nine points off the top of the drivers’ standings, with four meetings remaining, while the #14 partnership Lappalainen and Wishofer lie second in the Junior standings.
In the #19 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO, Franck Perera and Arthur Rougier are sixth in the championship, just 13 points adrift of the leaders after taking their second podium of the season in dramatic fashion on the final lap of race two at Zandvoort.
All three crews will be hoping to make further gains in the points in Germany this weekend, a circuit which has proven quite successful for Emil Frey Racing in recent years. The team bagged a double top five finish in the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance race last season and was near the sharp end in qualifying the year before.
Unlike Zandvoort, the Nürburgring circuit presents a variety of overtaking possibilities, notably under braking for the tight hairpin at the start of the lap. Other passing places include Turn 8 at the bottom of the hill in sector one, while the chicane at the end of the lap is another area which favours late-braking manoeuvres. Despite this, qualifying will again play a crucial role in determining the race results, given the fierce competitiveness of the ADAC GT Masters championship.
The weekend begins with two one-hour free practice sessions on Friday, taking place at 09:10 and 13:25 respectively. Qualifying for race one will take place on Saturday morning, beginning at 09:00, with Race 1 starting at 13:00. As normal, Race 2 will also take place at 13:00 on Sunday following a morning qualifying session at 08:40.