In 2012, the Hexis Racing team emerged victorious in the first City Challenge in the streets of Baku, and it’s common knowledge that the French squad is at a turning point in its history. However, it is coming back to Azerbaijan absolutely determined to write one of the greatest pages in its glorious history. Will it be the final chapter of a fantastic saga or the start of volume 2? The only thing that’s sure is the determination each team member feels to get out there and get stuck in in what is the final throw of the dice of the season.
The greatest GT sprint race of the year?
A quick look at the entry list of teams and drivers for the final round of the FIA GT Series gives the impression that there are as many favourites for victory as there are entries! City street races are nearly always full of upsets, and the fact that none of the belligerents can test in Baku adds even greater uncertainty to this type of race, which makes forecasting the outcome like looking for a needle in a haystack! Last year the Hexis Racing McLaren driven by Fred Makowiecki and Stef Dusseldorp won and the French squad almost pulled off a double. But this experience doesn’t confer a decisive advantage as the 4.380-long circuit for this year’s event is very different and much longer and quicker.
Driver no. 50
To tackle this world challenge Hexis Racing can count on a top-class driver line-up consisting of Rob Bell (34) and Kevin Estre (25). This weekend, the latter will become the 50th driver to get behind the wheel of a Hexis Racing car since the team was founded in 2002.
The final battle?
The McLaren bearing the number 27 left for Germany last week while the car and the team are flying to the Azerbaijan capital, today, Tuesday. Team manager Philippe Dumas sets the scene as this race unlike any other approaches: “We’re ready. The team’s well rested, trained, determined, confident and relaxed for what, as things stand at the moment, will certainly be our last battle together!”
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