24 August, 2009
The FIA GT Championship roars back into life this weekend at the Hungaror! ing in Budapest. After a good showing in the Spa 24 Hours, CRS Racing now sits in third place in the GT2 Team’s Championship. There are only 10 points in it so the fight for the top spot is on!
The Championship last visited the Hungaroring in 2006 and the GT2 race was dominated by Andrew Kirkaldy and his then team-mate, Nathan Kinch. Chris Niarchos and Tim Mullen joined them on the podium after securing a brilliant third place.
The Hungaroring track has been much in the news recently as it is where Ferrari F1 driver, Felipe Massa, was injured. The circuit has been described as ‘Monaco without the armco’ as it is very tight and twisty, but it also has a habit of producing some epic races. A repeat performance of 2006 would be just the ticket for the CRS drivers.
“Up until Spa we hadn’t had a race weekend where everything ! came together well,” commented CRS Team Director, Andrew Kirkaldy. “It was great to be on the pace at Spa and come away with some good points and a podium. We’re at the halfway point of the season now and no-ne has a particularly big lead so we have everything to play for. It will be interesting to see how quick the Porsches are with the new penalty but from our point of view if we can leave Budapest with another good haul of points we’ll be a very happy team.”
GT2 Ferrari No.55: Chris Niarchos (CAN) & Tim Mullen (GB)
GT2 Ferrari No.56: Andrew Kirkaldy (GB) & Rob Bell (GB)
FIA GT CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 5
Free Practice: Saturday 0900-1020
Pre-Qualifying: Saturday 1205-1325
Qualifying: Saturday 1625-1720
Warm-up: Sunday 0920-0950
Race: Sunday 1315-1515
The Budapest round of the FIA GT Championship will be shown on Motors TV on Sunday 30 August. It’s a delayed transmission, starting at 1600hrs BST. Please check listings on the day.
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