Emil Frey Lexus Racing is set to debut the Lexus RC F GT3 in next week’s Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup round at the Nürbugring. This following the Swiss-flagged team’s successful run in this year’s International GT Open Series, scoring multiple race wins in the car’s first year of full-time competition.
“We have proven the capability of the Lexus RC F GT3 and feel now is the right time to take the program one step further”, says Hannes Gautschi, technical coordinator Emil Frey Lexus Racing.
“We have no high hopes or are not aiming at any point results, we will use this race meeting purely as a testing ground to see where we stand with our car in such a competitive field and surrounding. It will also be a totally new experience for us to run on Pirelli tyres since we have only ever tested with Michelin and Dunlop, so we will get some very important knowledge on how the car handles on different tyres.”
Albert Costa Balboa will also take to the wheel of the Lexus RC F GT3 at the Sprint Cup race at Nürburgring, along with longstanding Emil Frey driver, Stéphane Ortelli.
“We are very proud of what we have achieved so far in this program, which was so new to us at the start of the year and we are excited to see where we will stand in the Blancpain GT Series”, says Lorenz Frey, team principal Emil Frey Lexus Racing.
“We have competed in the Blancpain GT Series for several years with another manufacturer and know of the incredible competitiveness of this championship. All the premium brands race in the Blancpain GT Series, not only in Europe, but worldwide. To test our Lexus amongst some of the fastest and most developed cars in GT3 racing is a great step forward and the perfect way to test, if this competition could be something of interest to us in the future.”