31 August, 2009
Newcastle born driver Rob Bell, driving with Andrew Kirkaldy in the CRS Ferrari, endured a tough outing in the fifth round of the FIA GT Championship held at the Budapest circuit in Hungary this weekend. The duo secured a sixth place finish in the two hour endurance race from an eighth place start.
Bell’s team mate, Kirkaldy, took on qualifying duties and after a highly competitive session, the CRS Ferrari 430 GT2 car was only eight tenths off pole time. This produced an eighth in class start position for the No.56 entry.
Bell took the green flag for the start of the race in sunny and warm weather. Bell maintained position from the start, although the Brit was struggling with his race pace. As the race reached half distance he handed over to Kirkaldy for the second stint. Throughout the race the team had quick routine pitstops and the CRS Ferrari crossed the finishing line in sixth place.
Bell commented after the weekend, “It was a bit of a frustrating weekend for us, we just didn’t have the outright pace in the car. We’re not really sure where the problem lies at the moment, but we’ll be looking at the data and analysing it thoroughly. I know the team will be totally focused on looking at all areas and we’ll come back fighting for the next round.”
Bell has a busy month ahead. He will return to the track on the 12/13th of September for the final round of the Le Mans Series at Silverstone. Bell, driving for the JMW team in the GT2 class will be looking to retain the driver’s title as the series heads to the home of British motorsport. After this it will be a return to the CRS Ferrari for the Algarve round of the FIA GT championship. Later in the month he will head Stateside to compete in the Petit Le Mans race, one of the blue riband events in the US sportscar racing calendar.