14.05.2011: BLANCPAIN ENDURANCE SERIES - NAVARRA SPAIN
Duarte Felix da Costa
nr6 Rhino's Leipert Motorsport Lamborghini LP560 (GT3 PRO-AM CUP)
BLANCPAIN ENDURANCE SERIES - NAVARRA SPAIN
Duarte Felix da Costa nr6 Rhino's Leipert Motorsport Lamborghini LP560 (GT3 PRO-AM CUP)
"Navarra is a circuit that I already know and I think it suits much better the Lamborghini than Monza, so our aim is to finish on the Pro-Am podium. At Monza we showed on the race that we can fight for the Pro-Am top positions, we were unlucky to retire 25 minutes to the end when we were P3 but hopefully at Navarra things will be better for us."
Greg Franchi nr33 Belgian Audi Club Audi R8 LMS (GT3 PRO CUP)
“Actually I discovered Navarra track in a test with WRT one month ago, but before that I‘d never been there before. After Monza, where it was important to have a car with a good chassis due to high speed turns, Navarra is more a hard braking track with slow turns. It is also important to have good traction to go out of turns as quickly as possible. I think there will be more cars on the grid than in Italy, which will make a more exciting race in Navarra.”
Matt Griffin nr50 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia (GT3 PRO-AM CUP)
"Navarra is a fantastic complex, it's brand new, and it's quite an innovative circuit, I think it's going to be really interesting to race on. There a number of quite tight corners, with long straights behind them, providing good overtaking opportunities.
I've driven the Ferrari there in the pre season development test and I feel the car should be good around there, but you don't really know until you get there for the race. I think the GT3 Balance of Performance is good, the cars look very even, you only have to look at qualifying for the race in Monza, so I don't think any one car will have a massive advantage but I hope the Ferrari is going to be quick."
Matteo Bobbi Nr38 Scuderia Vittoria Limited Ferrari 458 Italia (GT3 PRO CUP)
"Navarra should suit the Ferrari quite well because we have a good chassis and the track is quite twisty, so it should be OK for us. The 458 is a very new car so we still have reliability issues, which I hope they can solve before next week. We were quite lucky in Monza if I'm honest, we were the only Ferrari to finish - we had some problems but at least we finished. We're P4 in the championship and it is now important to get to the chequered flag in Spain."
Jeroen den Boer Nr43 DB Motorsport BMW Z4 (GT3 PRO CUP)
"We are going to race the 24 Hours of Spa and because we are new in GT3 and new with the BMW, we want to gain as much experience as possible. The car wasn't ready in Monza, we wanted to be there but it wasn't possible, so we will go to Navarra to start endurance racing. We think we have a good car for the long distance races; it is very consistent in the tyres and the balance. We have some work to do but I'm sure we'll be fine, I'm looking forward to it."
Mika Vahamaki nr7 Rhino's Leipert Motorsport Lamborghini LP560 (GT3 PRO CUP)
"I am naturally looking forward to the next round of the Blancpain series in Spain, having shown early promise driving the Lamborghini for the first time ever at Hockenheim and then round 1 at Monza a couple of weeks later I am very much looking forward to the opportunity to improve myself and the teams position in the standings.”
Csaba Walter Nr61 Lotus Driving Academy Lotus Evora GT4 (GT4 CUP)
"We will see how will go at Navarra. It will be an interesting battle for the teams to find a good set up the cars. I hope we can have an even better car for that race. I've seen footage on TV and on YouTube and the track looks amazing; I'm really looking forward to racing there."
Bas Leinders Nr40 Marc VDS Racing Team Ford GT (GT3 PRO CUP)
"The circuit is a bit of a slow track. When we did GT1 there it wasn't too bad, so it should suit us a little bit better than Monza. There are some more cars coming, Mercedes and McLaren, and they will be very strong and very difficult to beat them. I think we have the possibility to do a top five finish, the aim is to score as many points as possible in every race and we will try and win the championship."
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