EU3: Portimao: Fischer Racing preview

Fischer Racing looks forward to first race at the Algarve Paderborn / Portimao (POR), 09.09.09. [FIA GT3 EC] Backed by the first victory in the FIA GT3 European championship in the last round at Oschersleben, Fischer Racing travels to next round...

Fischer Racing looks forward to first race at the Algarve

Paderborn / Portimao (POR), 09.09.09. [FIA GT3 EC] Backed by the first victory in the FIA GT3 European championship in the last round at Oschersleben, Fischer Racing travels to next round of the 2009 championship to Portugal. After a three-month summer break, the GT3 European Championship will start in the second half of the season with the first visit to the "Autodromo Internacional Algarve"in Portugal. Spurred by the first victory of Fischer Racing at Oschersleben in June, Christoffer Nygaard (Denmark) and Florian Gruber (Germany) want to shine again in their Fischer Racing-Ford GT.

"We were quick right from the beginning of the season and it was fantastic to score our first victory in the European championship already on the third weekend of the season", Fischer Racing-driver Christoffer Nygaard says. "Now in Portugal we aim to continue in the same way we performed at Oschersleben."

The new track, which opened only last year, is located at the scenic hills of the Algarve, near to Faro. The 4.7 km long track is a new territory for the teams and drivers of the European championship and offers various elevation changes as well as demanding corner combinations.

Christoffer Nygaard can't wait for his first race on the new circuit: "The track has a great layout. I don't know the track yet, but have prepared myself already with lots of inboard videos. We were quick out of the box on all tracks this year, so I'm quite confident we will be strong contender at Portugal. The track offers some quick parts, but there are also slower segments, which require hard braking. This should favour our car, as the Ford GT is very strong under braking. With our very good brake, we already won some fights on the track this season."

The two Fischer Racing driver have to cope with expected high temperatures at Portimao. "In Portugal it will become definitely very hot in our car", Nygaard expects. "But for us this can only be good, us our car showed a really strong performance in warm conditions."

With six races to go, Nygaard/Gruber are currently seventh in the driver championship, while Fischer Racing is sixth in the team standings. "Our aim is to score as many points as possible at Portugal to have a good position in the championship, when it comes down to the two final weekends."

Fischer Racing travels to Portugal with one Ford GT, the second car will be on track again at the next round in France.

-credit: fr

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Florian Gruber , Christoffer Nygaard