11 May, 2009
The Italian leg of the FIA GT season takes place at the Adria International Raceway this weekend, a compact and twisty track, very different in configuration to Silverstone. The racing takes place on Saturday and it’s going to be a full-throttle day for CRS!
There are many unique challenges for the teams to overcome at Adria. On Saturday afternoon the first FIA GT3 race takes place in normal daylight conditions. The FIA GT race also takes place on Saturday but it starts in the evening and runs into the darkness. It’s not over after that though as the second GT3 race starts during the night at 2230hrs.
Three races in one day is a massive challenge for CRS Racing as it leaves no room for error, as Andrew Kirkaldy explains:
“We have to go into Adria with very cool heads as once we get on track the action is non-stop until midnight! On the GT2 front we now know we have a fight on our hands but we also know we have the ability to win in that category. In GT3 we had some tough breaks at Silverstone but all the guys raced well and we were top Ferrari in each race. I hope we can have a good race one so that we can then carry positive momentum into round two, which happens late at night. We’ll have to make sure the GT3 boys don’t go off for a big dinner beforehand.”
Klaas Hummel will be back in the No.55 GT3 Ferrari this weekend, alongside Chris Goodwin. Chris Niarchos will be concentrating on GT2 after also running in GT3 last time out. The CRS Team Principal had as much time on track at Silverstone as a driver would have when competing in the Spa 24 Hours.
“Silverstone was a lot of fun for me,” ! said Niarchos. “All that time on track definitely blew away any cobwebs remaining from the winter. The GT3 cars are quite different to drive; you have to be very precise through the corners or you lose massive amounts of time. I thoroughly enjoyed the first race as I had some fantastic battles in the traffic. It was a great experience for me as I am constantly learning but it will be good to concentrate fully on GT2 this weekend.”
Last year’s race at Adria took place in mid-summer and the biggest problem the teams faced was the heat. With cockpit temperatures soaring into the 50s it was an uncomfortable race for the drivers. This year the temperatures are forecast to be in the low 20s so it will be much more comfortable all round.
GT2 Ferrari No.55: Chris Niarchos (CAN) & Tim Mullen (GB)
GT2 Ferrari No.56: Andrew Kirkaldy (GB) &! amp; Rob Bell (GB)
GT3 Ferrari No.55: Klaas Hummel (NETH) & C hris Goodwin (GB)
GT3 Ferrari No.56: Robert Hissom (USA) & Phil Quaife (GB)
FIA GT CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 2
Free Practice: Friday 1305-1425
Pre-Qualifying: Friday 1940-2100
Qualifying: Saturday 1215-1250
Race: Saturday 1950-2150
FIA GT3 CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUNDS 3&4
Free Practice 1: Friday 1605-1705
Free Practice 2: Friday 2110-2210
Qualifying: Saturday 1115-1205
Race 1: Saturday 1645-1745
Race 2: Saturday 2230-2330
LIVE TIMING & RESULTS: http://www.mstworld.com/msportrounds.aspx?year=2009&series=GT