Brno: Matech Racing preview

Maxime Soulet, Maxime Dubrulle and Mickael Forsten as reinforcements for Brno After a lengthy summer recess the FIA GT3 championship is back on track and heading for the undulating Brno circuit in the Czech Republic. This is in fact the 4th ...

Maxime Soulet, Maxime Dubrulle and Mickael Forsten as reinforcements for Brno

After a lengthy summer recess the FIA GT3 championship is back on track and heading for the undulating Brno circuit in the Czech Republic. This is in fact the 4th double meeting out of a series of 5 of this highly successful international competition. Most teams took full advantage of those quieter weeks to further develop their cars. And the Swiss Matech Racing team headed on down to the Belgian Zolder track in order to assess the potential of the Ford GT, built in the German workshops of Mendig, with a test track adjacent to the buildings. The talented Finnish driver Markus Palttala handled some of the testing, and he couldn't stop praising this worthy descendant of the Ford GT40.

For the first time this season there will be three Fords at Brno, as had been planned since the launch of the championship. As per usual the Swiss Martin Bartek and the German Thomas Mutsch will share the #43, but for the other two cars there are some new faces. Stefan Vancampenhoudt, the Belgian driver has business commitments and his team mate Frenchman Romain Bera at the wheel of the 44 will be joined by another Frenchman Maxime Dubrulle, who gave a glimpse of his talents during one of the test sessions. Having started out in single-seaters, Dubrulle is competing in the Peugeot 207 Spider Cup this season, but has none the less also competed in the first three meetings of the FIA GT3 championship at the wheel of various cars. He knows this international championship well and his presence fits perfectly into Matech Racing team's requirements, both for now as also the future .

This just leaves the Ford GT Matech Racing #45, competing for the first time. And it is the young Belgian motorsport hope Maxime Soulet, who will be at the wheel. Having started off in single-seaters, including the Formula BMW USA, "Max" has increased his participations at the wheel of GT cars, namely in the Belgian Belcar championship. Amongst his record of achievements two victories in the 24 Hours of Zolder. For Matech Racing, whose international development is merely beginning, Soulet represents a bright future .

Sharing the drive with Soulet in Brno is the Finnish driver Mickael Forsten, residing in the Netherlands and an acquaintance of Markus Palttala. He also has previous experience of the FIA GT3, and has also taken part in the entire Porsche Supercup series this season. Professional jockey (!), and member of the national Finnish team, he started out in motorsport some 4 years ago. Together with Maxime Soulet they undoubtedly represent one of the most homogenous duos in the competition, highly promising for the future .

And so for Matech Racing it is a full house all intent on doing well in the continuation of the FIA GT3 season. And perhaps with laurels and champagne on the menu, just like earlier on this season in the streets of Bucharest.

-credit: mtr

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Markus Palttala , Maxime Soulet , Romain Bera , Martin Bartek , Thomas Mutsch