EU3: Adria: Fischer Racing preview

Le Mans-feeling at Adria On the coming weekend (15./16.05.09), Fischer Racing is heading to the Adria Raceway near Venice for the second round of the 2009 FIA GT3 European championship. Compared to the season opener two weeks ago at ...

Le Mans-feeling at Adria

On the coming weekend (15./16.05.09), Fischer Racing is heading to the Adria Raceway near Venice for the second round of the 2009 FIA GT3 European championship. Compared to the season opener two weeks ago at Silverstone, the contrast couldn't be bigger at the Italian track: The European championship travels from the British high-speed-track to the narrow and twisty Italian course. With a length of only 2,7km, the Adria Raceway is the shortest track of this year's calendar.

While in England top speed and power was important, the track in Italy requires good traction and excellent mechanical grip. The four drivers of the Fischer Racing-Ford GT will be faced with an entirely new challenge at the first appearance of the European championship at the Adria Raceway: For the very first time the European championship will start into a night race.

Both 60-minute races will be held on Saturday. While the first race will be started at 16.45 o'clock, the second race will start at 22.30 o'clock in complete darkness, bringing Le Mans-atmosphere to the GT3-scene. In a special night training on the Friday evening, the drivers have to get used to the unusual conditions.

Fischer Racing travels to Italy with one new driver combination. The Ford GT #29 will be shared by the two Nurburgring-Nordschleife-specialists Frank Kraling (Germany) and Jochen Krumbach (Germany). Frank Kraling already gathered experience in the Fischer-Ford GT at the ADAC GT Masters season opener at Oschersleben, Jochen Krumbach will drive the mid engined sportscar in Italy for the very time.

The second Ford GT will be driven by the usual "Young driver" pairing of Christoffer Nygaard (Denmark) and Florian Gruber (Germany). Nygaard has a steady purpose for both races at the Adria Raceway: "We want a podium finish! In the FIA GT3 championship and in the ADAC GT Masters, I briefly missed the podium in six races! Finally, in Adria, it must work!" From the technical side, both Fischer-Ford GT are well prepared for the twisty track: The torque-strong V8 engine provides a good acceleration of the 1230 kg light super-sportscar on the twisty track. "The brake of our Ford GT is very good, this should be an advantage at Adria," says Florian Gruber.

"In Silverstone we already had two good races, but had a bit of bad luck at the end of the second race. Since the season start we have eradicated some weak points and have especially improved our pit stops," says teamowner Hardy Fischer. "Now in Italy we want to step on the podium for the first time!"

Both races will be streamed live on the Internet at www.fiagt3.com and www.gt1live.tv

-credit: fischer-racingteam.de

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Jochen Krumbach , Frank Kraling , Florian Gruber , Christoffer Nygaard