Brno: Matech Ford event summary

Qualifying and Qualifying race: After the qualifying session, the Matech Ford GT1 no.5 of the team Matech Competition, driven by Thomas Mutsch started the qualifying race from the 10th position. Thanks to a good start, Thomas overtook two cars...

Qualifying and Qualifying race:

After the qualifying session, the Matech Ford GT1 no.5 of the team Matech Competition, driven by Thomas Mutsch started the qualifying race from the 10th position.

Thanks to a good start, Thomas overtook two cars at turn 1 and then followed the rhythm of the race. Although penalised by the balance of the performance for the Matech Ford GT1, the German driver was able to hand over the car to his team- mate Romain Grosjean in 6th position. Romain then did everything to move into the top 5, battling up to the last lap against the Corvette, but when the checkered flag ended the race, 6th position was all that was possible for the Swiss team.

The crew of the Ford GT Matech no.6, driven by Cyndie Allemann, and joined by Rahel Frey in the absence of Natacha Gachnang, started from the 23rd position because of a difficult qualifing session in the morning. Doing their best to finish their first race in the FIA World Championship, both Swiss drivers were able to improve their times and knowledge of the circuit. They finished the race in 22nd position

The two Matech Ford GT1s of Marc VDS Racing Team ended the qualifying race in 16th and 18th position.

Championship race: Matech Ford GT1 wins!

Starting the race in 6th position with Matech Ford GT1 no.5, Romain Grosjean, keen to get on the podium, overtook several cars during the first minutes of the race. Then in 4th position, he entered the pit lane for the driver change while the race was neutralized by a safety car. Through an incredible job by the pit stop crew, the driver change was made in 29 seconds ! Thomas Mutsch left the pits in first place. For the next 25 minutes, he resisted the pressure from Darren Turner in the Aston Martin and finally crossed the finish line as winner !

The race of Rahel Frey, in car no.6 wasn't so lucky. On the second lap, she was hit by a competitor and remained stuck on the gravel for several minutes, while the safety car intervened. Rahel had to return to the pits for checks before returning to the racing. The driver change was made without problem and Cyndie Allemann finished the race in 18th position.

As leader of the FIA GT World Championship Matech Competition leaves Brno with good news before the 24 Hours du Mans where both two cars will be raced by the Swiss team.

Team Manager

Martin BARTEK: " It's incredible, I'm so happy ! Now we can see that the team is an important part of the victory, it's not only the car or the drivers. We show what we are able to do ! Everything was perfect, Romain did a good job and we were lucky thanks to the safety car, we did a quick pit stop ! I'm very proud of the team and of the drivers, and I hope things are going to be like this for a long time! "

Matech Ford GT1 no.5

Thomas MUTSCH: " Thanks to the team for a great pit stop...it was just incredible. Going out in first place...was really great work. I was just trying to leave a small gap behind the safety car to come up to full speed on the main straight and from that point on Darren was always that little bit quicker, but I kept on going, trying to make no mistakes....and was watching out that he didn't come too close when approaching a corner, as he was much quicker on the straights. I'm really happy with the result, and I have to thank Matech and the team for giving me such a good car. It was really great to win in front of Sintez this weekend, and to leave the circuit in the lead.".

Romain GROSJEAN: " Great job of the team ! We know that we were good here, even if the qualifying and the first race weren't good, the Championship race was perfect ! Winning here with our partners was really a great result and now we need to be focused on Le Mans !".

Matech Ford GT1 no.6

Cyndie ALLEMANN: " It's a little bit disappointing because the warm up was good this morning. We make some changes on the car, but it was the wrong way, and during the race it was to hard to push the car. We also miss a little bit of speed to be on top ! ".

Rahel FREY: " I was happy during the warm up because we improved the car and the balance was good. I did a good start but a driver pushed me out and I'm so sorry for the team because they did such a good job ! Then I came back on track, gave the car to Cyndie and we finished the race ".

-source: matech competition

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Darren Turner , Natacha Gachnang , Romain Grosjean , Cyndie Allemann , Rahel Frey , Thomas Mutsch
Teams Marc VDS Racing