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GT Open: Hungary preview


 

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This weekend the Fourth round of the International GT Open kicks off the month of July in style. While the Americans celebrate their annual "Fourth of July" holiday (as well as a recent 61st birthday for Corvette), the US make returns to the Hungaroring in the hills of Hungary. After a strong start to the season for both V8 Racing and Selleslagh Racing Team, the last round in Jerez proved a difficult one for the V8 powered machines. However this weekend the tables should be turned back in the favour of the C6R and Z06R's, due to a change in the handicaps imposed last time out.

 

Once again V8 Racing bring their arsenal of Corvettes in the hands of Nicky Pastorelli, Miguel Ramos, Archie Hamilton and Diederick Sijthoff. In the teams Callaway Z06.R though, a "new" face arrives for this weekend in the form of 2013 ADAC GT Masters Champion Daniel Keilwitz. The young German will partner up with regular driver Dennis Retera with an aim solely on the top step of the podium.

 

"I'm really happy to join V8 Racing," explains Keilwitz. "They race with a nice variety of Corvettes, like the GT1, GT2 and GT3 chassis. This drive was a little bit suprising for me, as I only received the call last Sunday asking for me to join for this race and of course I agreed. This weekend I will also have with me the head race engineer Mike Gramke from Callaway Competition to assist in our efforts. My goal is to win in every race where I compete, so this will also be the objective for this weekend."

 

Goodwood C6R


The Dutch V8 Racing team currently sits second in the overall drivers standings, and will be aiming to capitalize even more this weekend. The team recently participated in the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. Dressed in a retro 2008 ALMS factory livery, drivers Archie Hamilton (from the UK) and Pastorelli wowed the fans with burnouts and lots of "thunder" from the C6R GT1's engine. "Goodwood was an amazing experience. It was my first time there and I never expected it to be as nice as it was. The cars, the amount of people, and the whole atmosphere was very special. It was also nice to see how many corvette fans showed up, and how happy they all were that we brought one of our GT1 C6R's out there. If it's up to me we'll be back next year!"


The Belgian squad of Selleslagh Racing team, will be hoping for a better weekend in Hungary after an unfortunate last time out saw a double retirement due to an issue with the teams C6R gearbox. "I have raced three times already in Hungaroring with the Porsche Supercup and I love the track," explains Isaac Tutumlu. "It is a very challenging and demanding track for the driver and machinery and I can say it is more similar to Jerez than to Portimao."

 

"I like the track a lot. Even though I don't think it is the ideal track for a Corvette, we enter this weekend with only 2 victories (including 1 with myself). Due to the situation in Jerez, we broke the gearbox in Race 1 and we couldn't do Race 2, which means we will now race with little to no handicap. I think if we keep our noses clean during the races, we have a chance at a good result, which will hopefully put us right back in to the fight for the drivers and team championship." His teammate Max Soulet is equally anxious for this weekend: "Only 2 words: 'full throttle.' You can count on us to fight our way back to the top!! Gaz gaz gaz. Also a BIG congratulations to the C7R boys for their recent win last weekend at Watkins Glen." 

 

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Additional Quotes:

 

Nicky Pastorelli (V8 Racing C6R):

 

"Goodwood was an amazing experience. It was my first time there and I never expected it to be as nice as it was. The cars, the amount of people,  and the whole atmosphere was very special. It was also nice to see how many corvette fans showed up, and how happy they all were that we brought one of our GT1 C6R's out there. If it's up to me we'll be back next year!!

 

I'm now in Budapest and the whole team is ready again. It will be a hard weekend for the cars and the tyres since they expect high temperatures. For me it will be all new, because i've never raced here before. We have had some changes made and hope it will be an improvement. We'll do our best and try to come back home with as many possible points for all cars."

 

 

Archie Hamilton (V8 Racing C6R):

 

"I'm really looking forward to this weekend after a positive weekend in Jerez where we scored 2nd in Super GT. I have experience here from 2012, and I'm confident that if we have a strong qualifying I don't see no reason why we can't get out first win of the season."

 


Daniel Keilwitz (V8 Racing Callaway Z06R):


"I'm really happy to join V8 Racing because they race with a nice variety of Corvettes, like the GT1, GT2 and GT3 chassis. This drive was a little bit suprising for me, as I only received the call last sunday asking for me to join for this race and of course I agreed. This weekend I will also have with me the head race engineer Mike Gramke from Callaway Competition to assist in our efforts.

 

I've never actually been on this track before, and have only watched some onboard videos, but it looks nice. I think it will be hard for us to compete against the other cars, mainly because I think the mid-engine cars will have a slight advantage in this track layout."

 

 

Isaac Tutumlu (Selleslagh Racing Team by Barzani C6R):


"We have already arrived to Hungaroring, the 4th round of the International GT Open and my third round in a Corvette. I have raced three times already in Hungaroring with the Porsche Supercup and I love the track, it is very challenging and demanding for the driver and machinery and I can say it is more similar to Jerez than to Portimao.

 

I am looking forward because I like the track a lot. Eventhough I don't think is the ideal track for a Corvette we go with one only, victory. Due to the situation in Jerez, we broke the gearbox in Race 1 and we couldn't do Race 2, we do not have any handicap so I think if we do a good race with possibilities to win and fight for the drivers and team championship."

 

 

 

Live racing will again be shown this weekend at our dedicated GT Open page:

Corvettemotorsport.com/gtopen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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