GT Open: Jerez Preview
The month of June is almost over for Corvette, but it promises to end on a high note for Corvette teams competing this weekend. After our most successful weekend ever (10 wins) a few weeks ago, we turn our attention to the intense competition of the International GT Open Series.
A total of four Corvettes have captured every victory against the likes of Ferrari, Mercedes, Porsche, and Audi. Apart from these other marquees, both Corvette teams have been in a fierce intra-make battle with each other for the championship glory. At the moment, the tally is split at 2 each. Will this weekend yield the first back to back win for one of them?
The Dutch V8 Racing team currently holds the best start and finish stats with the first win of the season and the most recent win (during race 2 in Portimao). The team brings their pair of Pratt & Miller C6Rs (both a former GT1 machine and newer "GTE" model) as well as one 2014 spec Callaway Z06.R thoroughbred in the lower "GTS" class.
"Portimao was a good weekend for us and I’m looking forward to the race in Jerez." explains driver Nicky Pastorelli. "We will try to keep up the positive results that we've had untill now. The team is in great shape and i'm confident we can do well here. We've had to work hard to get everything ready with only one week free in between the races. But everything is ready to race again."
Lining up next to V8 Racing again this weekend, is seasoned Corvette privateer Selleslagh Racing Team (or "SRT"). Sharing an equally strong record this year, the team certainly has momentum on their side after their newcomer for the season Isaac Tutumlu gelled nicely (alongside teammate Maxime Soulet) to capture his first win last time in Portugal.
"I definitely enjoy this track a lot, and I will have part of the family with me here at the track." explained Tutumlu "It won't be easy, because the promoters have placed a smaller restrictor and also a 35 second handicap for race 1 on the C6R GTE." His teammate Maxime Soulet is also looking forward to this weekend. "It will be an interesting weekend for me not knowing the track so I'm going to have to work on it and go step-by-step to pick up the pace. Isaac was very fast last year there, which is a positive. Our aim will be the same: to push hard and see where we end up."
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Isaac Tutumlu (Selleslagh Racing Team/Barzani C6R):
"I am looking forward this race, as last year I did pole position in class and 3rd overall. I definitely enjoy this track a lot, and I will have part of the family with me here at the track. It won't be easy, because the promoters have placed a smaller restrictor and also a 35 second handicap for race 1 on the C6R GTE. Regardless, I think together with SRT by Barzani and Maxime Soulet we have the perfect combination to do a good result!"
Archie Hamilton (nr4 V8 Racing C6R):
"I'm looking forward to this weekend, as we were really strong in portimao and showed good pace all weekend, Jerez is a track that is suited well to the Corvette so I'm confident we can get some good results. I'm coming straight off the back of a successful Le Mans 24 Hours, so I'm looking forward to bringing that momentum to Jerez."
Maxime Soulet (Selleslagh Racing Team/Barzani C6R):
"First off, let me pass on my congrats to the factory guys at Corvette Racing that competed at Le Mans last weekend and their 2nd and 4th places. This weekend is race 3 of the championship in Jerez Spain. It will be an interesting weekend for me not knowing the track so I'm going to have to work on it and go step-by-step to pick up the pace. Isaac was very fast last year there, which is a positive. Our aim will be the same: to push hard and see where we end up."