After a tough season opening in Misano, I.S.R. Racing is all set to re-launch since this coming weekend at the British track of Brands Hatch, the venue of the second round of the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup 2017.
The Czech outfit will make it to the start with two Audi R8 LMS. The n.75 car will be driven by Filip Salaquarda (CZ) and Clemens Schmid (AUT), while Kevin Ceccon (ITA) and Frank Stippler (GER) will share driving duties on the n.74 sister car.
The 3.703 meters of Brands Hatch are unanimously recognized as one of the most technical circuits of the United Kingdom and I.S.R. Racing is heading there with the objective of repeating the stunning weekend of last season, when the team secured its maiden Blancpain GT Series pole position and podium. Despite the circuit being the shortest of the whole campaign, the slope changes of Brands Hatch, amongst which the spectacular Paddock Hill Bend, make this circuit unique and will certainly be a key aspect to get right in order to run strong races in this second round of the season.
As usual, weather will play an important role. Rain is forecast for the whole Friday, but conditions should improve in the following days. The weekend’s programme will be compacted in two days only. The cars will get on track on Saturday morning for the two free practice sessions at local 10:10 and in the afternoon at 12:55 (GMT+1). The three qualifying sessions will follow at 16:25. The Sunday’s Qualifying Race will get green lights at 12:00, while the Main Race will close the weekend at 16:15.
TV coverage in Europe will be granted by Eurosport and MotorsportTV that will show both races live and highlights in some countries. The live streaming feed will be available at the official web page of the championship www.blancpain-gt-series.com with English and French commentary.
Igor Salaquarda (I.S.R. racing, Team Principal):
“We get to Brands Hatch motivated to be protagonists. Drivers already found the right feeling with their co-equipers and with the Audi R8 LMS. The two races on this circuit are certainly going to be very intense, with 34 cars at the start, but we are ready to confirm the good things shown in Misano and Monza regarding race pace and performance. The Sprint Cup is quite unpredictable and a small mistake can cost a lot, therefore we need to get the most of every occasion being focused and through a careful approach”.