It's not only the England team that has something to prove in Germany next weekend; a certain Scottish team has an FIA GT race to win! Scuderia Ecosse has had a rollercoaster of a month that has seen the highs of a podium finish in the Le Mans 24 Hours coupled with a tough British GT outing at Mondello Park last weekend. Always looking forward, the Scuderia Ecosse team is focusing on what needs to be done at Oschersleben to take the chequered flag ahead of the opposition.
The team has taken pole position at the first two FIA GT rounds but has so far been unable to turn pole position into victory. As a result of Andrew Kirkaldy's accident in the closing laps at Brno, the Kinch/Kirkaldy Ferrari will lose ten places on the grid for Sunday's three-hour race. The Scots will have a lot of work to do in the race to regain these lost positions but they are a determined pair.
Nathan Kinch: "This is going to be a tough race for us; we are starting from ten places back on the grid and it's a difficult track to overtake on. Having said that I won here with Lister in 2003, albeit controversially, but the point is that I enjoy racing at Oschersleben. Brno was a long time ago so I'm looking forward to getting back out there. I'd also like to add that I was really pleased with the team's result at Le Mans; the boys have worked very hard and deserve it!"
Chris Niarchos and Tim Mullen will want to put the disappointment of Mondello Park behind them and will be out to win in Oschersleben. Niarchos didn't compete in the last round at Brno but he's certainly had a lot of time behind the wheel since then by competing is his first Le Mans 24 Hours.
Chris Niarchos: "I've never been to Oschersleben but all the drivers I have spoken to tell me I'll enjoy racing there. It's important for us to start scoring some proper points in FIA GT so it will be good to be back on track, doing what we do. Le Mans has given me a ton of confidence, especially in the high speed areas; one thing Le Mans teaches you is how to use the brakes! I usually learn circuits pretty quickly so I have every reason to believe Tim and I will have a successful weekend."
The race weekend gets underway on Friday afternoon with the first free practice session.