15 June, 2009
The CRS Racing team will be in Oschersleben in Germany this weekend to compete in five races in two days. In addition to the two FIA GT3 races and the headline FIA GT race, CRS’ leading Formula Renault rookie, Harry Tincknell, will be running in two rounds of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Championship.
Oschersleben was a good race for the CRS FIA GT team last year as it ended with a podium finish for Andrew Kirkaldy and Rob Bell. A repeat performance this year would be just the ticket as the pair suffered a rather lacklustre Adria, after starting the season on the podium at Silverstone. Kirkaldy has had pole position twice before at Oschersleben so he has high hopes for a good race. In the No.55 GT2 Ferrari Chris Niarchos and Tim Mullen will be gunning for top finish, and another Citation Cup victory for Niarchos.
The two FIA GT3 races will be as competitive as ever and the CRS GT3 drivers will no doubt get stuck right in. Klaas Hummel had quite a dramatic initiation into the world of GT racing at Adria when he was hit by another car and pushed off the track in race one, and then raced in the dark for the first time in race two. He and Chris Goodwin will race the No.55 GT3 Ferrari this weekend and will be aiming to be top Ferrari in both races. Phil Quaife and Robert Hissom will be hoping for a bit more luck this time around as Adria ended in two retirements for the No.56 duo. Race two was the heartbreaker as Phil had qualified in third place and was running well before he was forced to retire with a technical problem. Watch out for those two this weekend, as they will be working hard to get the top results.
CRS’ Harry Tincknell is currently leading the Formula Renault Graduate Cup and as this is his first year in cars he wan! ts to gain as much experience as possible, so he is competing in the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC races at Oschersleben this weekend. Andrew Kirkaldy is going to have a busy weekend: racing in FIA GT, advising in FIA GT3 and also making sure Harry is doing everything right in Formula Renault.
“Adria was not a great race for us,” said Kirkaldy. “However we have gone away and thought about the issues we had. We tested for two days and have tried several different things with the car. We are confident we have made a step forward and I am looking forward to getting on track on Friday. It will again be a very busy race weekend for CRS and hopefully a successful one!”
GT2 Ferrari No.55: Chris Niarchos (CAN) & Tim Mullen (GB)
GT2 Ferrari No.56: Andrew Kirkaldy (GB) & Rob Bell (GB)
GT3 Ferrari No.55: Klaas Hummel (NETH) & Chris Goodwin (GB)
GT3 Ferrari No.56: Robert Hissom (USA) & Phil Quaife (GB)
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC Entrant: Harry Tincknell (GB)
THE FIVE RACES
Round 5 of the FIA GT3 Championship: Saturday 1515-1615
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC, Race 1: Saturday 1640-1705
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC, Race 2: Sunday 0805-0830
Round 3 of the FIA GT Championship: Sunday 1145-1345
Round 6 of the FIA GT3 Championship: Sunday 1445-1545
LIVE TIMING & RESULTS: