09 January, 2009
After a successful debut season CRS Racing is gearing up for 2009 and it all starts today with the news that the team’s FIA GT Driver line-up for 2009 will be Chris Niarchos, Andrew Kirkaldy, Rob Bell and Tim Mullen.
The team will retain the same line-up as last season as the battle has only just begun in FIA GT. In 2008 CRS took the Team Championship in British GT and the Driver’s Championship in Formula Renault. In FIA GT the championship slipped away so the red, white and blue Ferraris have some unfinished business to attend to.
Leading the charge is the no.56 Ferrari of Andrew Kirkaldy and Rob Bell. Kirkaldy has more FIA GT pole positions than any other driver in the history of the championship whilst Bell is the double Le Mans Series GT2 Champion. They make a formidable team.
“Rob and I were disappointed with the end result in 2008,” said Kirkaldy. We were often the fastest GT2 car out there and we started the season strongly but the results didn’t come our way. We took the two wins in Bucharest but we need the kind of regular results that win championships. CRS was a new team in 2008 but it has all come together now and we are in a position to start strongly when the season kicks off.”
CRS Team Principal, Chris Niarchos, will race the no.55 Ferrari alongside his long-time team-mate Tim Mullen. The pair have won at this level before and will be on the hunt for more top results in 2009.
“2008 was a great first year for CRS,” said Niarchos. “But now the hard work continues as we have to keep our focus and raise our game even higher. We want to do well in every championship we enter and make continual positive progress. Times are tough for everyone at the moment but we have set up this team on very firm foundations and we will be pushing harder than ever before in 2009.”
The CRS FIA GT drivers are at Autosport International today where they will be appearing on the main stage to talk about the season ahead before changing into their race suits for the annual charity kart race.
The FIA GT Championship gets underway at the beginning of May with the Tourist Trophy meeting at Silverstone.