EU3: Matech GT Racing Nogaro test summary

Best overall lap time for the Ford GT Matech in GT3 at Nogaro! With just two weeks before the first round of the FIA GT3 European Championship taking place at Silverstone on 19th and 20th April, all cars relating to that category headed on down...

Best overall lap time for the Ford GT Matech in GT3 at Nogaro!

With just two weeks before the first round of the FIA GT3 European Championship taking place at Silverstone on 19th and 20th April, all cars relating to that category headed on down to the French Nogaro circuit at the beginning of this week to take part in two full days of collective testing. Christophe Bouchut, SRO's reference driver for this category was charged with taking each car out on to the track, to establish what has now become the beginning of season traditional balance of performance evaluation. And when the verdict fell, the Ford GT built and developed by Matech Racing set the best overall time in its class, not without slotting itself handsomely amongst the overall hierarchy....

"The whole team had a rather cautious approach when we arrived in Nogaro", Martin Bartek, the man behind Matech GT Racing admitted. "At the back of their minds they were hoping that all the hard work put in over the winter period was going to pay off. And the fact is that stopwatches never lie..." Two days later, complete relief and pure satisfaction. "Bouchut drove all cars present in the GT3 category, and it was at the wheel of the Ford GT Matech that he clocked up a 1'28"4, in fact the best time at this level. On top of that a lap time equalling the GT2 reference, and in fact the fourth best time during the entire two days, out of all categories present ! Pretty flattering when there are Aston Martins, Corvettes and Saleens GT1s on the track..."

Christophe Bouchut, delighted by the Ford GT Matech's handling had some complementary and positive comments also. "During these last two days the car completed no less than 80 laps on the Nogaro circuit, and didn't experience a single technical problem. ", Martin Bartek continues. "This definitely proves that the product is not only powerful but reliable. These are major factors when negotiating with clients interested in the Ford GT developed in our workshops. It goes without saying that the outcome of this balance of power will result in a handicap being imposed upon us. It's frustrating to see some of the hard work put in during the winter season being demolished in the name of the balance between the various racing cars involved in the European FIA GT3 championship, but that's all part of the game ! In all honesty it doesn't take anything away from the fact that the Ford GT was lapping one second per lap faster than the brand new Porsche, with the works personally taking charge of the design of their GT3 kit. This definitely gives an extra boost to our recent performance..."

Apart from the Ford GT, the Matech team also had its Mustang FR500GT3 on track at Nogaro, and as compared to last year the latter was showing signs of improvement. "In fact pretty spectacular as compared to the lap times registered in 2007, Martin Bartek commented. "This should slot the Mustang up the starting grid this coming season. But our work is never finished, from one end of the season to the next.."

In the meantime full steam ahead for Silverstone for the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy on 19th and 20th April, which undoubtedly promises to be a great event.

-credit: matech

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Christophe Bouchut , Martin Bartek