Brno: Charouz-Gravity Racing preview

Charouz-Gravity Racing enters 3 cars in Auto GP season opener Following months of intense preparation Czech-Luxembourg team Charouz-Gravity Racing is set to make its debut in the opening round of a brand new Auto GP championship at Brno Circuit...

Charouz-Gravity Racing enters 3 cars in Auto GP season opener

Following months of intense preparation Czech-Luxembourg team Charouz-Gravity Racing is set to make its debut in the opening round of a brand new Auto GP championship at Brno Circuit in Czech Republic (23/25 April). Charouz-Gravity Racing will run three single-seaters driven by Jan Charouz (CZ), Walter Grubmuller jr. (AUT) and Adrien Tambay (FRA).

Originally Charouz-Gravity Racing should have run four cars in the Auto GP opening round. However, Swiss driver Natacha Gachnang suffered an injury during the qualifying of the opening round of FIA GT1 World Championship at Abu Dhabi last weekend, so she has been forced to miss a few races of her programme. All members of Charouz-Gravity Racing team feel sorry for Natacha will not participate in the first Auto GP round, and hope in her speedy recovery and comeback into a racing car.

Charouz-Gravity Racing presents a strong driver line-up for its three cars. Jan Charouz and Walter Grubmuller jr. have faced strong opposition in the 2010 World Series by Renault, and also the youngest driver of the team Adrien Tambay, the son of former F1 driver Partick Tambay gained quite a lot of experience in other formula series.

Jan Charouz, driver of Charouz-Gravity Racing: "I am looking forward to my debut in the Auto GP, which takes place at my home track at Brno Circuit in Czech Republic. I suppose, we are well prepared. We had a test session at Brno, and moreover my programme has already started last weekend in Spain with the opening round of World Series by Renault. In Auto GP I would like to do my best and fight for the best possible results, and also please my fans. However, the race at Brno will be also an important test before the World Series by Renault round, which will be held there in June."

Walter Grubmuller jr., driver of Charouz-Gravity Racing: "For me it is important to complete as much kilometres as possible. With driving approximately identical cars in World Series by Renault and Auto GP my experience grow. I feel I can achieve good results in both series. I have been happy with the results achieved in the opening round of World Series by Renault in Spain, and I hope I will gain similar results in Brno."

Adrien Tambay, driver of Charouz-Gravity Racing: "In Auto GP championship I will focus on gaining experience. Until I have entered this series I haven't driven so powerful car. However, during a test at Brno Circuit I got used to the car and also track, and I have liked it very much. Well, I am looking forward to the racing weekend. In Auto GP there will be really strong competition, and it won't be easy to achieve good results. But I want to succeed."

The Auto GP timetable is held over three days. The Auto GP racing weekend will start on Friday April 23rd, when two 30 minutes practice sessions are held. The second day hosts 30 minute qualifying session (starts at 3:30 pm). Race 1 and Race 2 take place on Sunday April 24th. Race 1, which is run for 17 laps or max.40 minutes, starts at 11:00 a.m. Race 2, which is run for 13 laps or max.30 minutes, starts at 4:00 p.m.

Both Auto GP races are broadcasted live on Motors TV and SPORT 5.

-source: auto gp

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Series Auto GP
Drivers Natacha Gachnang , Walter Grubmuller , Jan Charouz , Adrien Tambay